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Carnaval Consolation Prize!

Flashback to Bissau At the Senegalese Embassy, the day after Carnaval, we were delighted to discover that their tourist visas are FREE! When the lovely bilingual Mohamed told us, Sampson and I threw our arms in the air and shouted … Continue reading

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Marvellous Mar Azul

With the expanse of whitewashed walls, cheery blue paint and splashes of hot pink bougainvillea, at the Mar Azul resort Italians Anna and Giuseppe Maggio have created a southern Mediterranean vibe in the midst of Africa – just 50km from … Continue reading

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NOT The Bissau Carnival

Day 5, Monday: Last Lap to Bissau At dawn, Big Reg crossed the river that marks the border between Guinea and Guinea-Bissau on a ferry that was pulled by hand into a village so small there wasn’t even an immigration … Continue reading

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The Road to Foulamori

24 hours in Conakry We were sad to leave Dandayah, but it was an undeniable thrill to be moving again, even on the potholey tar to Conakry. Once we hit the highway past Coyah, traffic wasn’t as bad as expected … Continue reading

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Gentle Guinea

On the second day of his malaria medication, Sampson decided he was up to driving and we finally headed out of Freetown, through the awfully British-sounding suburbs of Wellington, Hastings and Waterloo and back out to the rainforests and rivers … Continue reading

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More Things I Have Learned About Malaria and Typhoid

Bizarrely, even though the UK government website categorically states the need for a postal application to renew a British passport from Sierra Leone, the central Post Office in Freetown refused to let Sampson send mine from there saying the UK … Continue reading

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Salone: Saving the Best Till Last

The morning we left Lakka, on our walk to the beach past women sweeping their stoeps and men ruminating over their first cigarette, Ruby had been inundated with congratulations for her fire dance the night before. At breakfast she was … Continue reading

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Lekker in Lakka

With the children snoozing above us in the cab, we set off from Bureh at 4am in order to find the Guinean Embassy before rush hour paralysed the centre of Freetown. Sampson was quite nervous because everyone had been telling … Continue reading

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Happy New Country

We’re so glad we rested up before tackling the road across the border. It required some persistence. The first day we tried to leave, we got 10km outside Robertsport and found Big Reg had just enough airpressure to move but … Continue reading

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Falling In Love With Liberia

Robertsport week 2 So of course we stayed in Robertsport for Christmas. If you had to choose between passing an extra week in paradise or taking a hard dirt road over the border during a school holiday, what would you … Continue reading

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