Travel Blogs from Sierra Leone

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A much needed vacation, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

A much needed vacation

A travel blog entry by kylejesw

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... small price to pay for this sort of vacation, a vacation of complete freedom. Brienne, Astride, Kim and I decided to visit Sierra Leone for Astride's birthday. I also just really needed to get away from the village for awhile. I'd been there since ...

Heathrow - Freetown, SL, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Heathrow - Freetown, SL

A travel blog entry by ggmusa

Arrive ...

I thought I was supposed to miss the Rain?, Bo, Sierra Leone travel blog

I thought I was supposed to miss the Rain?

A travel blog entry by colemiester

Sorry again for the time between updates.  It's been a busy week or so, and it hasn't helped that I've been a bit under the weather with some form of chest infection.  My dad was good enough to provide me with the Lonely Planet's Guide to ...

Sierra Leone (Day 7) - Makeni, Makeni, Sierra Leone travel blog

Sierra Leone (Day 7) - Makeni

A travel blog entry by ggmusa

... and so many hearts have been touched including our own. We have traveled in safety and remain in great emotional, physical and spiritual health. Good night to our friends in Sierra Leone and USA. Please go directly to Oct.7 entry...   ...

New Years Eve, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

New Years Eve

A travel blog entry by geppa66

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... given the number of places he's been. So while the evening its self was fairly uneventful, just lots of drinking, cursing of Sierra Leone and a discussions about the recent rugby world cup, I had an excellent time and managed to meet lots a crew. The ...

Sierra Leone (Day 2), Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Sierra Leone (Day 2)

A travel blog entry by ggmusa

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Day 3(1st day in SL) We arrived at the ferry in the dark at 5:30am but we could see villagers walking down the road to start their day. As the sun rose we were able to visualize our surroundings and knew immediately why SL is the 2nd poorest nation!! ...

Culture Shock, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Culture Shock

A travel blog entry by geppa66

Welcome to Freetown! I finally made after months of planning, and you would have thought I would be well and truly prepared, but no... I'm still reeling from culture shock. It hasn't helped that I have felt really ill for the past 4 days, I think I ...

Witchy Woman, Bo, Sierra Leone travel blog

Witchy Woman

A travel blog entry by colemiester

... a month, one of our patients has been accused of being a witch. The occult is something that is deeply ingrained in most Sierra Leoneans.  Though the country is about 60% Muslim, 30% Christian, and only 10% Other, most everyone I've spoken with ...

there she blows, a hump like a snowhill!..., Bonthe, Sierra Leone travel blog

there she blows, a hump like a snowhill!...

A travel blog entry by troseen

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They call him Ishmael, and he is my driver. He took over for Sulu once we got into "the bush." He told me he got an award for his driving last year. Well...I'm still alive, so I guess I believe him. I wrote to you last time about the rough roads we had ...

William Street Riot?, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

William Street Riot?

A travel blog entry by geppa66

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I would never have guess that coming to work could be so damn action packed! Id been in the office for about and hour, reading over pamphlets and waiting for some of my work mates to appear so we could maybe do some work? (You cant rush these ...

blanket forts, Koidu, Sierra Leone travel blog

blanket forts

A travel blog entry by troseen

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... and headlights. [for those of you who still may be saying to your self, "Self, i understand why Morocco, but WHY Sierra Leone?" the quick and easy of it all is that i got commissioned by the development organization World Vision to photograph some ...

run, Forrest, run!, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

run, Forrest, run!

A travel blog entry by troseen

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... leg. each player using arm braces. each player more than capable of leaving me buried in the sand. [when the war moved through Sierra Leone, the rebels tortured many by hacking off a limb and leaving them to die, or amazingly enough for some to transcend ...

Their killing my kids..., Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Their killing my kids...

A travel blog entry by geppa66

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... to Conaught Hospital in a critical condition'. Mr Kamara has since gone to ground and I discovered that they have the death penalty in Sierra Leone so I doubt he will be appearing any time soon. Now I cannot fathom how you can beat a kid to the point ...

Freetown, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Freetown

A travel blog entry by jeanchristophes

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... standing, it was present when the departed descends returned as freed slaved in 1792 and formed what is now Freetown. In 1808 Sierra Leone became a British Crown Colony and then gained independence in 1961. It all turned to shit, when in 1991 the ...

Central mosque (Freetown, Sierra Leone), Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Central mosque (Freetown, Sierra Leone)

A travel blog entry by camilo9015

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it is the main mosque of the ...

Thoughts on Going Back, Lungi Airport Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone travel blog

Thoughts on Going Back

A travel blog entry by lawslo

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... had really cared for me during my peace corps years and had stayed in touch through all the years and the terrible terrible war in Sierra Leone.     On our way to the village his son Mustapha handed me a picture and said, “Here is ...

Our new house in Africa, Sembehun, Sierra Leone travel blog

Our new house in Africa

A travel blog entry by lawslo

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... family web, we even came across relatives while the person was literally walking along the road. And speaking of roads, Sierra Leone’s main transportation routes are generally excellent or abysmal, with very little between the two extremes. With ...

Life in an African village, Sembehun, Sierra Leone travel blog

Life in an African village

A travel blog entry by lawslo

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... is under 25 years old. It is rare to see a man between the ages of 35-45; many of them were killed during Sierra Leone’s violent and senseless war that started in the mid-1990s and lasted into the 21st century. Lori’s friend and his family ...

The African Pitch, Buedu, Sierra Leone travel blog

The African Pitch

A travel blog entry by lawslo

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In Africa begging is just a part of life. Sierra Leonians believe that unless you let people know your troubles and your needs then they will not be able to help you, even if they want to,  so you have nothing to lose by informing them.  There ...

The obvious- the equator is hot!, Sembehun, Sierra Leone travel blog

The obvious- the equator is hot!

A travel blog entry by lawslo

Turns out it is really hot and humid here.   I've tried to think back on my time in the Peace Corps to remember how hot it was.  Well-evidently it was really really hot and humid here.  And evidently younger people do better with ...

Paradise, Playboys and Ho's, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Paradise, Playboys and Ho's

A travel blog entry by trig

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... asleep on my lap. None of what’s happened here has really surprised me, it’s West Africa! I get the feeling Sierra Leone is in a place where people can really start to enjoy themselves finally. It’s incredible how a country with such a ...

Njala...an oasis in the middle of nowhere!, Njala, Sierra Leone travel blog

Njala...an oasis in the middle of nowhere!

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... the periphery. Sure, some of the buildings are a bit run-down, and a few burnt-out concrete shells provide a poignant reminder of Sierra Leone's troubled recent past, but as a whole, the place was very neat and tidy. But it was the genuine kindness and ...

Blogging from the bush...a novel experience..., Kono, Sierra Leone travel blog

Blogging from the bush...a novel experience...

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... and the contents of this blog are a month or so out of date. I am hoping for the former but, with my five month stay in Sierra Leone about to cross the half-way mark, I am fully aware that it could well be the latter. Anyway, as you may have gathered ...

A poignant day in the history of Panguma, Panguma, Sierra Leone travel blog

A poignant day in the history of Panguma

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... captured Tongo, and then, on January 1994, attacked many villages close by, advancing to within 3 miles of Panguma. Again, the Sierra Leone Army mounted a strong counter attack,driving the rebels out, and securing the area. But early in the morning of ...

Finding my rhythm in Panguma, Panguma, Sierra Leone travel blog

Finding my rhythm in Panguma

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... " upon uncovering morsels of information of which he was previously unaware. It is a saying, I think, of particular pertinence here in Sierra Leone given the wealth of knowledge I am uncovering each and every day. Today marks two weeks since I arrived in ...

Bye Bye to the Bush!, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Bye Bye to the Bush!

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... upcountry on this trip, the realisation of which has left me feeling a little sad. In one of my earlier blogs I mentioned that Sierra Leone had yet to really grab me, but after accumulating close to four months between Panguma and Kayima, I think it is ...

Coming to grips with life in Sierra Leone, Kenema, Sierra Leone travel blog

Coming to grips with life in Sierra Leone

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... more recent, and thus my expectations were formed in the cynicism and intellect of adulthood! Maybe, however, my expectations of Sierra Leone were simply rooted in comparisons with India, my first real experience of a different culture, an experience ...

Terrifying Travels and Research Recesses, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Terrifying Travels and Research Recesses

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... my relief, then, as a policeman waved us to a stop in the centre of Matotaka...again, not for the first time in Sierra Leone, my relief was short lived... As I climbed off the bus an officious looking immigration officer singled me out and, upon ...

Heading bush for a month...a bit of a hairy start!, Panguma, Sierra Leone travel blog

Heading bush for a month...a bit of a hairy start!

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... you must run". If my understanding of his garbled rant were correct, 'society' refers to a secret society that operates within Sierra Leone. Apparently, during the dry season, they ride from village to village looking for people to initiate, any male on ...

The sad reality of life in Sierra Leone, Panguma, Sierra Leone travel blog

The sad reality of life in Sierra Leone

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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I have been in Panguma for 5 nights now, 5 extremely uncomfortable nights! The people here are wonderful, all very accommodating and friendly, but the bed upon which I am attempting to sleep is quite possibly the worst I have experienced in my 31 years! ...

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