Guinea-Bissau – 146th Country.  To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries.  Guinea-Bissau is my 146th country.

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Guinea-Bissau is a country of less than 2 million people located on the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa.  GB gained its independence from Portugal in 1973 being led by freedom fighter, Amilcar Cabral.  GB per capita income is one of the lowest in Africa and its economy is primarily powered by agriculture such as fish and cashew nuts.  GB is comprised of many tribes with the two biggest being Fula and Balanta.  Portuguese is the official language, but the majority of people actually speak a creole version of the language.  And there is a number of local languages also spoken.  The top three religions are Islam, indigenous beliefs, and then Christianity.

I crossed into GB via a land crossing after picking up the Guinea-Bissau visa in southern Senegal in the town of Ziguinchor.  The poor-quality roads are dotted with multiple police check points.  The capital, Bissau, offers very little touristicly.  I visited a local Balanta village meeting the king who also was the local healer.  The Bissagos Islands is a highlight for the country.  These islands are reachable from the capital, and I spent a couple of nights relaxing on the beach.

Guinea-Bissau – 146th Country

Guinea-Bissau is my 146th country.

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