Freetown Holiday Roundup

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View from Lester Peak

As a Sierra Leonean, who HAS lived in New York all of her life– can I just say how much I love spending the holidays in Freetown! Yes- I get frustrated when “light go”. No- my smartphone doesn’t work there. And yes- my lack of Krio-speaking-skills makes me a target for any merchant trying to fund their Christmas. But family, food, the parties, the beaches, and the priceless moments that could only happen in Salone– always makes it worth it.

Here’s a taste of what Freetown offered me this year:

Lakka Beach Sunset!
Wilkinson Road: Newly pave and now a 4-lane road

 

Got to love the American influences- even if some are a little misguided

 

Masked Devil Exhibit at the Sierra Leone National Museum

 

Following tradition: After their wedding the bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Jacky King, receive water before coming into the house

 

Love how straight forward this ad is: "Dis Nar Crime" (This is a crime)

 

Boys playing Football on Number 2 Beach

 

Fresh Fish, Couscous, and Fries at Numer 2 Beach

 

Malama Thomas Street: Where you go to get fabric

 

Plassass' 'Bitass' 'Kren Kre'

 

A Sierra Leone Okada (aka Motorcycle Taxi)

 

Jewelry on the Beach

 

My first time seeing the new Lumley Bus

 

View from Leicester Peak

 

My Family on Laaka Beach! (Random Sierra Leonean in the back)