Travel Blogs from Sierra Leone

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Freetown Proper, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Freetown Proper

A travel blog entry by siren65

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... I really paid attention to the other drivers and traffic in general.  While the experience of being in a motor vehicle in Sierra Leone itself is pretty crazy (for various reasons, which I'll get into later), traffic in Freetown is insane.  I'm ...

Christmas Sierra Leone Style, Lakka, Sierra Leone travel blog

Christmas Sierra Leone Style

A travel blog entry by robspackman

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... went to return our bottles and passed a concrete building, from which we could hear 'Once in Royal David City' being sung Sierra Leone style, accompanied by drums. Midnight mass was just beginning. We wanted to slip in quietly, but the entrance was right ...

Day 3: Its called

Day 3: Its called "African Time"

A travel blog entry by coverman

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Today we are supposed to work on our mission project of building bunk beds. But as we were told everything is on "African Time" which means it gets done when it gets done.  My thought when making these bunk beds is they would order something from ...

There is always better option, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

There is always better option

A travel blog entry by bahadir.yagci

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Hey lads, I do not want to be rude but there is no hotel no restaurant no fun at all. I shared my bed with bugs and if you are foreigner prices are so high. I paid 60usd for one night without breakfast. and you wouldnt pay 10. people are nice, I havent ...

New York City!, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

New York City!

A travel blog entry by paultsch

June 8. Long story short, we did not make our flight from Newark to Brussels on June 7. Our flight from Omaha to Newark was delayed and we had to watch the plane we supposed to be on pull out of the terminal without us. :( after a long drawn process ...

An emotional day visiting locals in the village, Koidu, Sierra Leone travel blog

An emotional day visiting locals in the village

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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... ) and head to Koidu town (in the Kono District in eastern province). As we approach Kono the landscape changes considerably. Sierra Leone is a mix of coastal swamps, low wooded hills, flat flood plains, relatively high mountains, and rain forests; which I ...

The beginings of Kamikwie's school, Kamakwie, Sierra Leone travel blog

The beginings of Kamikwie's school

A travel blog entry by riceandbeans

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We've now been in SL for a week and have settled in and started work!  The few days at the Hamilton Children's village was great. The kids are all little characters and they told us they named their two dogs 'orphan' and ' let him speak'. At ...

Arrival in Freetown at Lungi Airport, Lungi, Sierra Leone travel blog

Arrival in Freetown at Lungi Airport

A travel blog entry by siren65

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Our flight arrived in Freetown at Lungi Airport around 5am.  It was still dark outside when we de-planed, which was disappointing, but I was so exhausted that I doubt I would have noticed a whole lot anyway.  Logistics at Lungi are a bit ...

eggplant power, Kamakwie, Sierra Leone travel blog

eggplant power

A travel blog entry by riceandbeans

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... dodgy, dodgy. We have a soccer rematch with the kids coming up and the 35+ year old 'boys' are currently indulging in Sierra Leonean 'double punch' (packet says ' consumption may be injurious to health') and practicing in our lounge with half a dozen kids ...

Hippos, elephants and monkeys, Kamakwie, Sierra Leone travel blog

Hippos, elephants and monkeys

A travel blog entry by riceandbeans

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... them in just a few days time back playing with their friends. I've been told Kamakwei has the highest rate of malaria in Sierra Leone with the disease being one of the regions biggest killers. Our kids are lucky as they all get medical attention that ...

Caly dzien w Tiwai, Dystrykt Bo, Sierra Leone travel blog

Caly dzien w Tiwai

A travel blog entry by oramix

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W nocy padalo ale nasz namiot jest na zadaszonej cementowej platformie. Z rana ozywczy chlod, pewnie z 23 stopnie. Niestety na 7 umowilismy sobie poranna przechadzke po lesie. Widzielismy wiecej malp niz wczoraj, ktore niesamowicie szybko sie ...

Day 5: BEACH DAY!!!, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Day 5: BEACH DAY!!!

A travel blog entry by coverman

Beach DAY!! Today is going to be a great day, cause its beach day. The kids love it and so do the adults. Everyone gets to go including the Caretakers and we spend all day at a great beach.  They rent a hand full of bodas some of them with names as ...

West African road, Gberia, Sierra Leone travel blog

West African road

A travel blog entry by kenziertw

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... border took 4 hours. We crossed into Guinea (Guinean Francs), and bushcamped by the Guinean immigration office. It is a rarely used border crossing - in 2010 only 63 people left Sierra Leone over it - 2 Irish, the rest Nigerian, Guinean or Sierra Leonan. ...

Arrival in Bo City, Bo, Sierra Leone travel blog

Arrival in Bo City

A travel blog entry by candcthai

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... to treat lightly.  We keep getting by the locals warned about what not to do and where not to go.  VSO in Sierra Leone appear to be have totally unprepared for the arrival of volunteers, so different from VSO UK. I really hope they can get ...

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 ...

On the search for Pigmy Hippos, tiwai island, Sierra Leone travel blog

On the search for Pigmy Hippos

A travel blog entry by shalineebhoobun

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... about to go jumping out for a swim.      Sadly saw no midget hippos.....I think they are like unicorns of Sierra Leone lands. Well actually, many of them have been hunted for food, and there only remains about 30 on the island. A lovely ...

Conflict diamonds are not forever, Kenema, Sierra Leone travel blog

Conflict diamonds are not forever

A travel blog entry by robspackman

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... decades is going to be huge with rising wealth in China, India and elsewhere. The diamond industry already employs more people in Sierra Leone than any other industry except farming; and if it is managed well it could be a means of lifting the country ...

Mercy Ships, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Mercy Ships

A travel blog entry by hursts

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... is a brief overview (taken from their web site): February 25th marked the fifth time in 18 years the West African nation of Sierra Leone has welcomed a Mercy Ship. For the next 10 months Mercy Ships is offering its state-of-the-art hospital ship, ...

Providing Peace through impartial reporting, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Providing Peace through impartial reporting

A travel blog entry by agibson

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... to be reduced and their role be transferred to the government.  Thus, Today was the official launch of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC), which is the transformation of SLBS (state run) to an independent, impartial broadcasting company ...

Feb 21, 2012, Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone travel blog

Feb 21, 2012

A travel blog entry by anotherland

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Were we safe?, Kabala, Sierra Leone travel blog

Were we safe?

A travel blog entry by mushbird25

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... it in the morning, relieved that we hadn't all been massacred in our tents. Another morning of bad roads took us to the Sierra Leone immigration which Steve managed to speed up by giving them his jacket.  No mans land was a bustling market through ...

Freetown, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Freetown

A travel blog entry by chrlttzmmrmn

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... . Old Fourah Bay College: Built in 1848, the oldest University in West Africa.  Scholars from all over Africa traveled to Sierra Leone to study there.  Only the stone foundation of the university remains, as a fire devastated it in 1999. Set ...

First impressions, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

First impressions

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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... the overwhelming majority are only curious and just want to talk to you. If someone asked me to summarize my first impression of Sierra Leone or pick the one thing that stands out the most about my experience here, it's this:  I'm amazed at how ...

What's the rush, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

What's the rush

A travel blog entry by agibson

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... the money for the medicine.  So Dr. James went and got the medicine for the boy.  And this is not the only Sierra Leonian who has shown me their kindness to their "brothers and sisters".  I know that I can not take any opinions yet because ...

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! ...

BO, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

BO

A travel blog entry by oramix

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Ruszylismy w ciemnosciach. Udalo sie zlapac takse na dworzec. Autobus rzadowy. 3 miejsca w rzedzie. Jajko na sniadanie. Dzięcioł w drodze. Wysiadka o 12. Pierwszy raz na motorze. Hotel znosny. Rekonesans po centrum. Piwo w barze. Obiad u ...

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; ...

The Mystery Shitter, Samaia, Sierra Leone travel blog

The Mystery Shitter

A travel blog entry by riceandbeans

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It seems we have a mystery shitter. We have decided that we wont use the indoor toilets for number twos but instead to go out to the share drop toilet out that back. The reason is that we have to manually flush with lots of water which is a long ...

Dead goats, arrests and Motorbike crashes, Kamakwie, Sierra Leone travel blog

Dead goats, arrests and Motorbike crashes

A travel blog entry by riceandbeans

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... and yelled at the two slightly injured men. It turned out that they had just snatched a bag and people pushed the men off the bike as they sped past to get the lady's bag back. Just another day in Sierra Leone. Thank GOD I found frozen ...

I found internet!, Bo, Sierra Leone travel blog

I found internet!

A travel blog entry by gilathonia

... different.  I wasn't quite prepared for such poverty, it's like a promotional video for comic relief, but constantly. There is a Sierra Leonean Public Health Dr working with WAFF too who has been great at looking after us (this is our 1st day ito Bo ...

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