FIRST TIME TRAVEL TO AFRICA
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Ilya Kolozs <..> wrote:
> hello all,
> i'm traveling to guinea with m'bemba bangoura's three-week, drum and
> dance workshop. we will be staying in nongo with trips to boke,
> kindia, and the island of roume. does anybody have ANY empirical
> (we leave in ten days)
> many thanks,
> brooklyn, ny, usa
I went to Guinea in 2000, & had a fabulous
time, I'm sure you will too. You are in for an adventure. Try to stay flexible,
things do not always go as planned. If you keep an open mind you will not be
disappointed. Pay attention to everything. There is much to learn outside of the
class environment. You are also likely to learn something about yourself. Make
sure you have all medicines with you, and I recommend taking acidophilus
to aid in combating stomach bugs. Even if your food is washed in "cleaned"
water, you will likely be exposed to some. I did this & had no problems. Also,
if I remember correctly, vitamin B6 aids in mosquito repelling
(check with your natural grocer/vitamin seller). Be careful of street vendor
food. Learn some French/take a dictionary. The people there are wonderful & it
helps to be able to converse with them. Be wary of thieves, take care of your
valuables. Always keep small bills at hand for giving at dundunba ceremonies.
Take plenty of stuff to give, (clothes, etc.) Do not
take pictures of government buildings/militaries.
Kindia has a great market.
Roume is beautiful, explore as much as you can. Trust your guides, they are there to help you. I know your teacher he is great, I'm sure you will be in good hands. Please tell him hello for me. I hope this helps. Good luck, bon voyage!