More resources available than in villages
Over populated due to war in the provinces.
One of the most friendly capital city of West Africa (when at peace !)
Freetown is a city sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains.If you move from the beach to the hill top, the temperature can be quite different and the views can be truly breathtaking.These pix are not the best but give you already a little idea of what can be Freetown from the hills.more
While many beaches are exceptional along the Freetown peninsula, I recommend being more adventurous and head past beach "River Number Two," which is now getting crowded and you have to pay $2.50 for parking, to a more remote and pristine beach, "Tokkeh." Great lunch of fresh oysters, fish, chips, salad and even lobster will run you $10 or less. Ask...more
This was where our team ate in Freetown. They serve fried chicken & a lot of other stuff. When we went before we went upcountry, it didn't appease so much, but when we came back and ate it was wondeful compared to the "raw" fish, pork, and chicken we had in the village. (By "raw" I mean freshly prepared--butchered and all)
Favorite Dish: Fried Chicken!! And arabic Coca-Cola! I think they served cole-slaw (but we were advised by the docs on the team not to eat it) and either fries or rice...probably fries since we were in the city.
Well...the only international airport in the country is in Freetown at Lungi. Lungi is actually across a "small" body of water. So to get to or from the airport without driving for an hour or two is to take the helicopter or ferry. We took the helicopter when we arrived because it was late night/early morning and we had so much luggage and no way...more
As the Clay Factory people did not see any expected return to their home place, some dynamic and entrepreneurial people decide to get into textile business and decided to make local made traditional blanket with the usual african colors and designs !
A great idea !
What to buy: Blanket
What to pay: Between 30 and 100 USD
From 199X till ?? now, there is a Internal Displaced Person (IDP) camp in a location called Clay Factory on the main road out of Freetown.
MSF was partially caring for this place. We help IDPs (there were also some Liberian refugees) to build their shelter, provide water points, latrines, and primary health care.
Hope all of these people have now returned to their place of origin.
They speak Krio--which is basically broken/pigeon English. Many of the words are very similar to those in English and French. It's kinda hard at first to understand what they're saying. But to say something is "small" would be close to "small small". So I guess you just repeat words to emphasize. There are many suprises. It's by far the easiest...more