Politicians speak about Latvia's "path to Europe," but did you know the country has centuries-old links to West Africa? Vineta Lagzdina spent a month in Gambia lapping up the sun and retracing these ties. Part I of II.Gambia, a country in West Africa, is a land of smiling faces, sunshine and sensuality. A multitude of archetypal images overwhelm the Western visitor: women and young girls carrying baskets of washing, firewood and tools upon their heads while gracefully weaving their way through crowds; men in long colorful robes; market stalls along the roadsides; hair plaiting rituals; cook...
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