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.

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Vultures on the veranda by jc2010sl
April 25, 2010, 12:42 pm
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I’ve been feeling under the weather the last few days, so I’ve spent a lot of time just sat outside on the balcony doing nothing at all. One of my favourite things to do if I get home before it’s dark is to sit and watch the red kites gliding on the thermals, periodically falling on one another, or swooping in search of lizards. With nothing much to do I thought I’d take up my camera and capture some of the wildlife. Continue reading