Freetown, Baby!


It often rains and it pours… by mabrajeux
May 10, 2010, 3:26 pm
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I’ve been back in Freetown for a couple of weeks now and the strangest things about being back is that it is, well, not strange at all. It has really felt as if I never left in the first place, which is reassuring but also a little disconcerting.

There is one novelty though: it’s started to rain. It started literally with a bang on my first Tuesday here, the anniversary of the independence of Sierra Leone and the day of the Akon concert.

We sat on the balcony waiting for dinner and watched the clouds gathering in slowly. A few strikes of lightning later and the heavens literally opened and the wind started howling. It wasn’t quite complete until the power cut halfway through dinner though… And even the concert did not survive the rain!

Thankfully, the rain doesn’t always come like this. Generally, the first thing you notice is a stillness, or rather, a stickiness in the air. The heat gets more oppressive and you feel as if weighed down.

If you are on the beach or up in the hills, that’s generally when you can see the heavy clouds coming in, menacingly or rewardingly, depending on your frame of mind at that particular moment…

Then a cool breeze sweeps in, almost imperceptibly, and by the time you notice it, the first drops are starting to land on your hand, your head, and before you know it, you’re soaked and/or running for shelter.


And then it might be over in a few minutes or half an hour or a couple of hours and you face a choice: to stay put and dry or to get going and very wet!

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There is nothing better than a tropical rain. I miss living in the tropics.

Nice shots.

D.

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