Freetown, Baby!


London, we have landed… by mabrajeux
January 28, 2010, 11:25 am
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So we’re finally there, landed last night just before dusk set in which allowed us a beautiful view over the mouth of the river Rokel and its serpentines… The highlight of the flight from London was an amazing view over the Sahara desert, which looks like parched dry skin, complete with wrinkles and goosebumps and goes on for ever…

the views over the Sahara

A short helicopter flight and a slightly bumpy ride later, we were in our very own little bit of paradise, complete with balcony and a view over the ocean.

So, to sum up…

Suitcases lost: 1
Suitcases found again: 1!
Helicopter flights: 1
Local Star beers under the stars: 3 (or was it 4?)
Cockroaches: 2, well, maybe 3
Cold Showers (in a good way!): 1

Level of excitement and amazement: pretty much off the scale!!

Impressions so far: the place is beautiful, lush and green; to say that it is an ‘active’ city seems an understatement and the local beer is good. More to come I’m sure…

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Interesting Fact about Sierra Leone – n°1 by mabrajeux
January 20, 2010, 6:53 pm
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The average temperature is 26 °C (78.8 °F) and varies from around 26 °C (78.8 °F) to 36 °C (96.8 °F) during the year.

Not that I’m trying to make anyone jealous…



Freetown = D -16 by mabrajeux
January 12, 2010, 7:14 pm
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It’s official, we’re leaving in just over two weeks… Still so much to do, pack my things, throw (give?) away half my possessions, do all the jabs, clean the flat ‘professionally’, say goodbye to all my friends, find a job in Freetown, finish my job in London, etc and yet I just spent two hours reading my brand new guide to Sierra Leone. I now know that young boys often set up roadblocks on the road down the coast  and that I can buy wellies in Freetown. Vital information I’d say…

It’s strange having your head filled with images of what our new life might be while packing up the old one. It’s like struggling to empty our life as we know it, only to have it filled up to the brim with new sounds, new sights, new smells… Let’s hope I manage to make up enough space for all the novelty, I think we’re going to need it!!