Sierra Leone in a nutshell.

Tropical paradise?

It’s an idilic tropical paradise. Well, at least it would be if you overlook the totally decimated infrastructure, the almost total lack of electricity, the roads with potholes big enough to loose a Datsun in (I was in that Datsun at the time) and the crushing level of poverty.
In real estate terms this is is what you call a renovators delight.
From a country where so many war atrocities happened you would expect much more animosity but it just doesn’t seem to be there. Even a few of those i spoke to who lost limbs or had broken bones don’t seem to care all that much. A few I met just sit on the beach, smoke dope and continue on. Anyone else would be forgiven for wanting revenge.

If you’re missing some military hardware, call Freetown

This is of course this is the extra tragedy of these sorts of places. It really has a lot going for it, the beaches are gorgeous and devoid of tourists, it’s warm, the people are friendly and despite it’s recent war torn history and some recent scuffles over the current elections, it’s more or less safe.
Anywhere else in the world and it would be packed with drunken tourists and postcard sellers. Any country with as much mineral and diamond wealth should be crammed with all the trapping of wealth.
So if you’re looking for a tropical getaway that isn’t swamped with tourists, is a little off the beaten track and could sorely do with your fat juicy dollars then Sierra Leone is for you.

3 Responses to “Sierra Leone in a nutshell.”

  1. Matt Says:

    So Carl (and yes you know it’s coming)… what kinda fish you be eatin’ down by da sea?

    I am now wishing that I had left you with some money before you left because if there is one thing I feel there is missing from my life it is a surplus Jolly Green Giant helicopter, and what with all the civil unrest (prior) and focus on diamonds I am certain they wouldn’t miss one lil tiny whirlygig…

    Now the other thought that springs to mind is are there any places that one is warned against going (asides from Sierra Leone as a whole) in the country? And are these the types of places where you look to find lodging?

    Take care dude…

  2. Carl Montgomery Says:

    Hard to tell when it’s mixed into a stew. when i did just enjoy the seafood there was a pretty large selection. Even Lobster is fairy cheap here. The Barracuda i had was great.
    Most of the country is safe. there is some petty crime in Freetown (mainly pickpockets) to watch out for. I was warned about going to Kono since there is a lot of political demonstrations going on with the potential to turn violent . I did see a lot of electioneering going on but it was basically peaceful. None the less i did find lodging there which had high walls to be on the safe(er) side.

  3. m Says:

    Strangely, I find myself wishing that I could actually visit these places! I think this is the first time a Carl trip has tempted me!
    Very ord!