February 2011
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The Best Job in the World - In Dublin?

Kellie Hodge
Posted: February 28, 2011 by Kellie Hodge | with 0 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

We all remember the global competition run by Tourism Queensland in 2009 where a lucky chap called Ben fought off competition from over 30,000 applicants to land what was dubbed the best job in the world.  It wasn't hard to see why either, a salary of AUD $150,000 for a mere 6 months work living an island paradise existence on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia's if not the World's most idyllic locations.

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Fishing in The Gambia - Tarpon - How Not To !

Kellie Hodge
Posted: February 15, 2011 by Kellie Hodge | with 0 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

Erm..... well no.  Not at least if my experience was anything to go by.  Following a recent family holiday to The Gambia, it seemed a great opportunity for an amateur fisherman like myself to go in search of one the most infamous sport fishing trophies, the mighty Tarpon.  Famed for its Tarpon, The Gambia is a fisherman's mecca, attracting enthusiasts from the world over, although this may be in part due to the glorious uninterrupted beaches and year round sunshine, not to mention world class hospitality and the most welcoming people I have ever met!

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Christmas Eve & Christmas Day - Gambia Sheraton Hotel

Kellie Hodge
Posted: February 11, 2011 by Kellie Hodge | with 0 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

For the Christmas Eve Banquet the Hotel sold tickets to non residents, so the restaurant and bar area was overflowing with merrymakers.  Although there was the usual large selection of buffet food which was well displayed and presented, I personally missed the pork pie, cold ham, cheese and pickles etc. that I normally would enjoy on a Christmas Eve back in U.K.

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Lamin Lodge - Kachikally Crocodile Pool and Local Village

Kellie Hodge
Posted: February 10, 2011 by Kellie Hodge | with 0 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

The following day we met up with the Rastafarian bumsters who had arranged for the large 10 seat open top Land Rover to take us on a day excursion to visit a Crocodile Pool, a local village and a market place.
We all clambered into the open top vehicle and off we went to see the crocodiles at the Kachikally Crocodile Pool in Bakau.

This sacred pool is supposed to have magic and mystical healing properties. Infertile women visit the site where they are washed with the sacred water by specially trained women of the Bojang Clan. However as all the crocodiles would have been swimming and possibly polluting the water I am glad that I am not a barren Gambian lady.

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Bumsters - Beach Bar and Vultures - Gambia

Kellie Hodge
Posted: February 09, 2011 by Kellie Hodge | with 0 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

Early one morning it was decided to undertake a 5-6 mile walk (!!) along the beach in order to see some vultures being fed. This journey eventually took 90 minutes and as I was suffering from ‘cracked heels’ this was a torturous event but convincing myself that I was a famous explorer I plodded bravely onwards.
After a while we passed a group of fisherman and some minutes later noticed a dilapidated shack or hut with a chalked notice board ‘SPECKLED HEN BAR IN THE GAMBIA’ and running to meet us shouting ‘allo allo my friends’ were two Rastafarian ‘Bumsters’.  Now  a bumster is a type of ‘beach bum’ who attempts to win your friendship and will offer you deals and excursions or attempt to sell you cheap jewellery etc. Obviously they are eventually looking for a cash deal.

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Dining and Entertainment - Gambia Sheraton Hotel

Kellie Hodge
Posted: February 08, 2011 by Kellie Hodge | with 0 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

The evening meal was usually enjoyed in the outside restaurant and once again was a buffet dinner with the usual impressive menu.

On most evenings there was entertainment from local musicians and dancers including a lady ‘fire eater’. One evening my family persuaded me to join the Gambian lady dancers who were performing a type of ‘war dance’!! – after this 70 year old had probably made a fool of himself I returned to the bar area exhausted but amidst thunderous applause.

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First Day on Holiday in the Gambia

Kellie Hodge
Posted: February 07, 2011 by Kellie Hodge | with 0 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

Awoke to gorgeous sunshine and a panoramic view of the hotel grounds and beach as seen from our private balcony– very impressive. However on our first night there was a mix up with the rooms – my son and I, who were sharing, were shown to a room with ONE DOUBLE BED!  We were not pleased. It appeared that we had been give the room which was originally intended for one of my granddaughters and her partner who were now in a room with TWO SINGLE BEDS! (they were also not pleased) – say no more!!

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The Gambia Experience and Sheraton Hotel Gambia

Kellie Hodge
Posted: February 06, 2011 by Kellie Hodge | with 1 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

In early October 2010 it was decided within my family that 8 of us would enjoy an 11 day Christmas holiday in the Gambia. As my son offered to pay for this who could refuse!
This is a ‘Diary of Events’ that the family experienced over the 11 days.

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