A few interesting pictures from different parts of where I’m staying….
This is a picture of the fishermen going out from the beach that our hotel is next to. I believe they’re dropping bait out in the water to attract the fish while they run a long net that they drag out from the shore and then pull in using a team of very strong men with hands of steel (no gloves involved in pull these ropes).
This next picture is of the cottonwood tree that is positioned pretty close to the middle of town. The history of this tree can be found on wikipedia â or at least one of the many versions that is told.
You’ll see many of these carts around town being used to haul all sorts of material around. The boy carrying this one is probably returning it back to be filled with another load. I’ve seen men with incredibly muscular arms and upper body carrying these loads, drenched in sweat. Some of these guys mush be able to pick up cars.
Here we are up near the University that sits on top of one of the hills in Freetown (I’m forgetting the name right now). Ed, one of the accountants from Hope Micro, is taking Ben and I around town to show us some of the sites.
This is an access point to an escape tunnel from the first world war. It’s completely open for anyone who’s brave enough to begin the several mile journey down the tunnel. I really wanted to go, obviously, but both Ben and Ed assured me that, if I didn’t get eaten by the snakes or the spiders, some other large creepy crawly thing would be sure to make me disappear down there.
I so wanted to go. But, for the sake of my wife, who’d probably chew me out for even thinking about it, I didn’t give-in to the temptation.
These are kids who come up to the top of the hill where there’s fresh water to fill the yellow tanks that they carry here. It’s one of the few places that you can get fresh water so this is probably a frequent trip that they make. We drove a car up the hill.
Here’s my friend Abraham with us at Kent Beach, enjoying the water rushing into the shore.
This is a photo of a city that Ed said would be very difficult to get to because of the roads. Salone is still working on repairing it’s infrastructure but we were able to get to Ken Beach via one of the new highways and it was a very nice ride. More evidence that things are changing for the better in Salone.