Holidays, Anecdotes and A Reflections

20180225_072815It’s Tough Being Back

I haven’t written a blog in quite a long time, since being sick last year. Everything since then has been going really well and life has been exceptionally fun! Perhaps this is simple because I was coming off feeling so low, and any high as a result, feels quite high. But it has been a really lovely few months. I have done multiple beach trips, which are always exceptionally relaxing.  The beaches in Salone are small slices of paradise. I also was very lucky to be able to go home and see my family over the Christmas break. One of the many challenges of doing this type of work is not seeing your family. And when you do having to leave them again. I got to have a fantastic few weeks back in Aus, and a sneaky few days in Dubai on the way back to Australia, and another few sneaky days in Paris on the way back to Freetown. And now I am back at work in at the Ministry. Oh and I turned 30! That was slightly confronting at the time… Continue reading Holidays, Anecdotes and A Reflections

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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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