Travelling in West Africa can be arduous – just read some of my past blog posts – so I have nothing but admiration for Tony Giles, who is on a solo journey through Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mali. Tony is blind, 80% deaf and had a kidney transplant three years ago.
I was introduced to Tony last year – his publisher asked me to interview him and you can read that interview here. After the interview, I joked that maybe I’d meet him in Senegal. You don’t make jokes like that to Tony, who’s travelled to 66 countries in all seven continents. Six months or so later, I received an email telling me he was on his way – my first British friend to come out and meet me.
|with my puppy, Toubab|
Sunday was my birthday. After a relaxed day, musicians gathered at my house and we danced with friends into the night around the fire, drinking cheap Portugese wine and eating chicken yassa.
|Tony and I|