What is your mission are you in the military, NGO?

Trip Start Aug 14, 2013
Trip End Feb 01, 2014

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Aminah is the first overland truck to travel through Liberia, and didn't we know it!!  Most locals would stare with mouths open as we drove past, not sure if they should smile or wave at the white people in the big blue truck!?  Most of the time we were greeted with a smile and a shy wave, other times we were scrutinised and fired a series of interrogating questions: - why would you come to Liberia as a tourist? - umm because we heard you have beautiful beaches, waterfalls and we wanted to experience your culture; what is your mission and what church do you belong to? None, then are you from the military? No, then what NGO? - hmm we are not from any church group, military organisation or NGO, we really are only here as tourists; are you spies from the US - firstly we are not from the US, secondly, do you think we would honestly pull up in a big blue truck with 21 white people to spy, not very conspicuous is it really!!

Our time in Liberia was short but gave us a taste of what the country has to offer and although not really set up for tourism just yet, it is definitely a place I would like to return to in years to come.

We spent a couple of days camping in Roberstport on some of the nicest beaches we've visited to date, with crystal clear waters, white powdery sand (no rubbish in site), palm trees and a deserted island feeling, watching the fisherman throw out their nets, smoking shisha by sunset and eating some amazing local food.

From our chilled days on the beach we headed for the capital of Monrovia to pick up more food supplies and catch up on the world wide web!  Monrovia is very much set up for the NGO's, foreign military and countless church organisations that are still in the country following the war that ended over a decade ago; supermarkets brimming with Western food, restaurants serving pizza and pasta and one of the fanciest hotels I've been and coffee shops serving real lattes - it was all a bit surreal.

With accommodation being stupidly expensive in the capital we only stayed for the day then headed out to an eco-lodge (with an amazing pool) where the owner let us camp by their lagoon, astounded  and in somewhat disbelief that we had travelled overland from Senegal; the beach at the lodge was stunning but had a huge undertow and although the boys thought it was heaps of fun to jump waves and get pummelled, one of the ladies came very close to drowning (out of her own stupidity I should add - you don't go in the water 3 more times after you've had to be rescued once already!!).

From the eco-lodge we headed on bad roads for Kpatawee waterfalls, the falls were amazing and we were given permission (for a fee) to camp for the night right by the falls - shisha by night overlooking the falls is so far our favourite place!

6 days and our time in Liberia was over, 2 days on bad roads and we would find ourselves once more in Guinea, the difference in our interactions with the locals was immediate, with the wide smiles and lots of waving that we'd come to know over this last month!
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