Riding the rollercoaster of expat life in Sierra Leone with my wife (she’s The One With The Common Sense) and toddler daughter, The Flump. It all started with an eventful flight to Freetown…
Chaotic transport and poor infrastructure might keep Sierra Leone off the mainstream tourist trail for a while yet but new flight choices could soon tempt the more adventurous traveller. Dutch airline KLM will fly to Freetown three times a week … Continue reading
Gaze out from the water’s edge at Kroo Bay and you see a typical West African seaside vista. It’s not picture postcard exactly but attractive enough, with traditional wooden fishing vessels rounding a coastline punctuated by cotton trees and the odd … Continue reading
As we glided silently over the barely rippling waters of the River Moa, listening to the myriad exotic birdcalls, I finally understood. This was why Tiwai Island is hailed as the jewel in the crown of Sierra Leone’s natural splendour, … Continue reading
I must own at least a dozen guide books to various countries, continents or regions but – daft as it might sound – I’d never read one before we moved to Sierra Leone.
I’d obviously flicked through them, looked at the photos, pored over sections and sought their advice. But I’d never properly read one.
Those sections on history and culture – even the bits on general detail about a city or region I was visiting – would leave me cold. Beyond plotting out a rough idea of a trip, I found them difficult to digest until I was actually in a place, and even then I tended to use them more for quick references to accommodation, restaurants, districts or specific sights.
That changed when we moved to Freetown. I suppose spending any great length of time in a place is going to change the way you read about it. But little did I know how much value I’d get out of our Bradt guide to Sierra Leone. Continue reading