How enjoy the Gambian life. You are not anonymous here but you are part of the community. As soon as you walk down the street, people shout your name, ask what it's like, walk with you and make jokes. Everyone is always outside, because what should you do inside your warm cabin with these temperatures. People make ataya, play music, visit friends without having to make an appointment to check whether it works out, people live day by day and do not worry about the future.
daph!! daph!! It rains!!! It is Tuesday morning, 7:10 am, when Laila's enthusiastic screams startle me from my peaceful dream. Yes, the first serious rain shower this year. The rainy season has really started, which means that the dirt roads have literally turned into rivers. Fortunately we can just pass through with the Landrover. Running people trying in vain not to get too wet, dancing children in the huge puddles, cars turning around because they can't pass the flooded roads... what a picture!
When I arrive at the clinic at 8.00 on Thursday morning, the Dutch doctors arrive with a woman in labor that they have picked up on the way to the hospital. Coincidentally, I know the woman from the church I attend weekly. Awa (nurse) and I take care of the delivery. After much whining and screaming, the super cute baby girl is out after half an hour. It's equally exciting because the baby won't cry and Awa thinks it's a good idea to hold her upside down. Fortunately, the doctor comes in at the right time to give her a rescue breath with an ambu balloon, which drains the amniotic fluid from the lungs and causes baby Daphne (whom they named after me) to scream loudly. After the necessary measurements and observations, I put on her super cute baby clothes (from the Netherlands) which makes her look even sweeter.