Malaria? No. Typhoid? No… Some Other Mysterious Illness? Most Likely.

So last week was perhaps the worst week I have ever experienced physically and my worst week to date in Sierra Leone. On Monday afternoon after walking home from work, I began to feel abnormally sore and achy. I passed it off as nothing. Little was I to know what would come next. That night I oscillated between shivering, cold sweats and shaking uncontrollably, to having a temperature that hit up around 38.3 degrees. Added to that was a headache and dizziness.

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Mudslides and Anecdotes

It has been quite a while since I have written now and for my avid fans (hi Mum!), apologies. I wrote this while on holidays, reflecting on the few months just prior to my departure for Europe. Looking back I think I was becoming burnt out. I was and still am to an extent tired. Truly tired. Not physically, but my psyche needed a rest from Sierra Leone. Much of why this is, I will not write in this blog. One day, I hope to pen into a book on my experiences working in the field of development and the last few months I think will definitely form a chapter. So thanks for the patience and now that I am on a break I can reflect on the challenges Sierra Leone has recently faced.

20170801_192645Stormy Freetown
(I took this photo during a power outage – you can see who has a generator switched on)
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Accidents and Unrest: The Sadder Side of Sierra Leone

Fair warning. This post is related to the sadder and more difficult side to Sierra Leone. It isn’t necessarily what you want to hear if you would like to visit. But you would not necessarily see what I am describing if you have travelled or in the future travel here. So don’t let it put you off. But it is a side that I have experienced.

20170320_172906Driving Under Heavy Machinery… Continue reading Accidents and Unrest: The Sadder Side of Sierra Leone

To Live in Interesting Times

Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.

Edward Whitacre, Jr.

So many things have happened recently that have made my life very interesting. So this blog is about the “interesting times” that I have experienced and at times endured.

20170211_211938Fullmoon Nights at the Beach

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Of Religion, Why I Don’t Have Children, and People

20170214_0943490“Simple Man”

What have I always believed? That on the whole, and by and large, if a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

I have been chastised for not providing the story behind the Mormons marching photo… my apologies! There wasn’t much to what I saw, I was sitting at a café called Balmaya. And then there was a marching band playing, followed by a procession of people marching along behind them. And as quickly as they were there they were gone down a side street where they disappeared. Continue reading Of Religion, Why I Don’t Have Children, and People