Travel Blogs from Sierra Leone

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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 and the contents of this blog are a month or so out of date.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 ...

Hard work in Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Hard work in Sierra Leone

A travel blog entry by sjvolk

Heat and hard work has its ...

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! ...

A week up-country, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

A week up-country

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... , as well as Dr. Kenny Lynch of the University of Gloucestershire. Collectively they have given me a brilliant introduction to Sierra Leone, albeit each in a different way. From Tony's nostalgic commentaries, and contacts forged over a forty year period; ...

Pop-culture and Panguma, Panguma, Sierra Leone travel blog

Pop-culture and Panguma

A travel blog entry by jerram.bateman

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... across Africa would, if nothing else, provide some interesting fodder for these pages! Anyway, with less than five weeks left in Sierra Leone, I am starting to visit places, and see people, for the last time on this trip. Tomorrow I say goodbye to ...

Gola Forest Lalehun Village, The Gola Forest and Lalehun Village, Sierra Leone travel blog

Gola Forest Lalehun Village

A travel blog entry by shalineebhoobun

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So last weekend I had a little adventure out to the Gola Forest, the only real surviving forest in Sierra Leone now. Only about 1/4 falls within the Sierra Leonean border, the rest belongs to Liberia. Many communities inhabited the forest, but some years ...

Soaking in the sites on a day of driving, Makeni, Sierra Leone travel blog

Soaking in the sites on a day of driving

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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... , details are exchanged and the next steps are outlined. We discuss ways that I can help. My knowledge of agriculture and of Sierra Leone's financial system is severely limited but I'm eager to learn more.  One of my projects will be to help conduct ...

Secret Santa, Tokeh Beach, Sierra Leone travel blog

Secret Santa

A travel blog entry by kenziertw

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24th December Drove to the border with Sierra Leone, where we given the VIP treatment through customs - it still took 3 hours to get our visas! Whilst waiting we bought the first beer since 21st, first cold beer since 18th, using Leones! Travel ...

Boats, Barmoi's and Bonthe, Bonthe, Sierra Leone travel blog

Boats, Barmoi's and Bonthe

A travel blog entry by robspackman

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... Not a bad life. Bonthe is a large beautiful island, found at around seven o’clock on the clock face of Sierra Leone. Its shady car free streets are beautifully peaceful and graced with elegantly decayed buildings, ruined churches, general stores and ...

So much to say- So little time, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

So much to say- So little time

A travel blog entry by agibson

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Well, it seems that I have not been doing so well with keeping up to my hope of writing a couple of times throughout the week, but I will continue to work on it. I cannot believe that I have already been here for a month already!!!  Work is keeping ...

Christmas on the beach, Toke, Sierra Leone travel blog

Christmas on the beach

A travel blog entry by mushbird25

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Our first experience of Sierra Leone was the police checks!  I find it very strange that you go through a police check, then customs, then the border police only to travel a further 100 yards to hit yet another police check, what are they ...

Wonderful, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Wonderful

A travel blog entry by wkatsande

Freetown is ...

A carrier system, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

A carrier system

A travel blog entry by agibson

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... (unless you know a friend who is going that way which happens often).  When Musa (Henry) had me bring his passport to Sierra Leone to be processed, I never imagined to find out the cost to send it back to the States with DSL would be around $120! ...

Peaceful pandemonium ..., Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Peaceful pandemonium ...

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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... . Also, next week I will be doing a sponsor visit. Through the NGO I'm working with I sponsor a six year old boy in Sierra Leone named Ayuba. I've arranged a visit with him and his family next week. The NGO offers this to anyone who sponsors a ...

Getting to know Freetown, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Getting to know Freetown

A travel blog entry by juhu

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... a guy sitting on a stool having a big pile of notes in his hands. For my hundred dollars I got a pile of ten thousands Sierra Leoneans. Afterwards I bought some clothes from a lady who was eager to sell her complete stock to me. After having bought some ...

From Mammy Yoko to Port Loko, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

From Mammy Yoko to Port Loko

A travel blog entry by douglasball

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Seeing a UN aircraft 'crashed' off the main runway an the airport when I arrived did not inspire confidence. I was also not met at Immigration as expected. However, a visa was issued based on papers I had. Through customs, and a change of 20 pounds to ...

My second week, Bo, Sierra Leone travel blog

My second week

A travel blog entry by shalineebhoobun

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... for your patient. It’s a very strange situation. But on a good note I am really loving the people here in Sierra Leone. Everyone is unbelievably friendly. I am amazed by how resilient the women of this country are, particularly the older ...

It's all just so cliché, Makeni, Sierra Leone travel blog

It's all just so cliché

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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I'm acutely aware that this experience, my reaction to it, and even this blog are incredibly cliché. I mean, what am I, the millionth schmuck to go spend a little time in Africa only to come back rattling on about what a life changing experience it was ...

I'll never forget the smell of the sweat, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

I'll never forget the smell of the sweat

A travel blog entry by stuzaza

... her and hounded me for months, she is one of the reasons i don't use facebook. Possibly the best experience i had was in Sierra Leone. I was living in Gambia at the time and decided to see the journey from a taxi window instead of flying the 1 hour trip ...

A little bit of context, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

A little bit of context

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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... robbed.   Without any first hand experiences to share just yet, I'll give a brief account of what I do know about the country. Sierra Leone is slowly rebuilding after being ravaged by a decade long civil war. The war resulted in the deaths of tens of ...

The inspiring stories of the locals, Koidu, Sierra Leone travel blog

The inspiring stories of the locals

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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... a few hours away. With 12 siblings (many of them half-brothers and sisters who came from different mothers ... a common occurrence in Sierra Leone), Prince’s parents could not afford to take care of them all. But living with his uncle was just as ...

Preface, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Preface

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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I firmly believe that a bigger part of our existence comes down to luck than people care to admit. I mean think about it, nearly a billion people live in abject poverty; meanwhile billions more have the bare necessities but not much more. With 8 ...

A post from Rob, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

A post from Rob

A travel blog entry by hursts

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... floor mopping, window cleaning, handrail disinfecting, and toilet cleaning which I like the least.  Together with some Sierra Leone day volunteers, I work alongside a Dutch guy who sells financial software and a Danish guy who is currently ...

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