Travel Blogs from Sierra Leone

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Freetown Dance Party, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Freetown Dance Party

A travel blog entry by robspackman

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... the war. It finished 12 years ago, and after successful disarmament of the rebels and defeat of the political wing of the RUF Sierra Leone has been able to move on and establish stability and peace. But reminders of the war are not far from sight and ...

Coconut Water, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Coconut Water

A travel blog entry by siren65

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In downtown Freetown, along Siaka Stevens Street, we each bought a coconut from a man selling them on a street corner in a wheelbarrow.  They were 3000 Leones, or about 75 cents apiece.  Using a machete, he hacked off the tip of the coconut and ...

Day 4: Will it ever rain?, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Day 4: Will it ever rain?

A travel blog entry by coverman

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Today we are outreaching to the community. We had brought 22 suitcases full of books, medical supplies, hygiene products and diapers for the hospital, children and community from the states. We bought 3 huge bags of rice to distribute to the surrounding ...

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 ...

No riks, no fun - Bending the rules, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

No riks, no fun - Bending the rules

A travel blog entry by juhu

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... and friendly doctor who didn't know that I've travelled quite a bit and who could not quite understand why someone would go to Sierra Leone felt obligated to make me aware of a number of survival rules for the very dangerous country. Here are the ones ...

Introduction to Moses, Sanfa and Freetown, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Introduction to Moses, Sanfa and Freetown

A travel blog entry by siren65

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... flag of Sierra Leone decal dangling from the rear view mirror.  The world outside the windshield was exactly as I'd imagined Sierra Leone to be, and yet nothing like what I'd imagined, at the same time.  There were people everywhere along the ...

Day 6: Bunk beds ....  again, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

Day 6: Bunk beds .... again

A travel blog entry by coverman

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Today is out last full day at The Covering and its bittersweet. I will miss everyone, but it will be nice to have running water and electricity. The kids are at a field trip to the Capital and the African Museum. I guess we aren't invited.  This is ...

It's Friday!!, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

It's Friday!!

A travel blog entry by agibson

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Friday, it is almost the weekend!! Today I have learned that the local staffs usually leave around 1pm on Fridays.  I inquired about why this was the case and found that it has to do with prayer.  Salone is a mixed country with every big ...

On the way from London to Freetown, Freetown, Sierra Leone travel blog

On the way from London to Freetown

A travel blog entry by shalineebhoobun

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... city ever. When Perdo de Cinta sailed past the West African shores in 1462, this was his first view of Sierra Leone. He describes seeing Lion Mountains....presumably the mountains were in the shape of lions?....hence the translation of Sierra Leone as ...

My home for the next few months, Bo, Sierra Leone travel blog

My home for the next few months

A travel blog entry by shalineebhoobun

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62b0oUSX0Eg  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By2WwF6LY8Q&feature=relmfu    Youtube videos of where I will be working I will be staying and working in Bo, at Mercy Hospital     ...

Surveying the effects of civil war, Koidu, Sierra Leone travel blog

Surveying the effects of civil war

A travel blog entry by davidoleary

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... now be 18 years old, with no education and no trade or marketable skill.  That's a whole generation of children in Sierra Leone who were deprived of any opportunity for development. They have been left to fend for themselves.  Call me ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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