A few days ago when my appointment had been confirmed by the Gambian Ministry of Agriculture I asked where exactly I will be based as although the initial placement description suggested Bakau which is on the developed urban coastal strip, there was also talk of another post “up country” somewhere and I thought that sounded a more interesting place to live despite the lack of facilities. (The coastal conurbation known as The Kombos has the advantage that there are shops, restaurants and bars to cater for the tourists who visit, – and piped water and mains electricity on a full time basis, but living there might not give a true picture of life in the Gambia). It appears however that at present my position is still undecided, as I’m told I may be moving around so perhaps I may soon be living out of a suitcase! Until I know where I’m going however there are one or two questions I can’t really answer. I hope to have access to the internet for information, entertainment, and communication (including the ability to publish this blog), but until I know what facilities exist near my accommodation I don’t know what to take with me. I had intended packing my old laptop (which with Windows XP feels like an old friend) as it holds all my music and photos along with some films I’ve downloaded for the trip, and various programs that I use on a regular basis for work and play. However it’s a bulky, heavy old thing and if I have no access to a regular power source to charge it up it’ll be pretty much useless so I’m in a bit of a quandary. Should I buy a tablet instead? or a smartphone? Both of these are far more portable than what I’ve got, and in the absence of electricity either can be charged by a small solar powered charger whereas my laptop can’t. On the other hand a tablet has far less memory than my laptop and I can do things with my laptop that a tablet can’t. At the moment I’m reading lots of articles and reviews about the possible options, hoping to find out a little more about my placement, and will then have to make a decision. I’ll keep you posted in due course, but as usual I welcome suggestions so if you have advice or suggestions to give, please email me or use the comment facility.