Monthly Archives: April 2014
Day 21, West Africa Cruise – Freetown, Sierra Leone
Latitude: 8° 25.1932’ N
Longitude: 13° 12.38.52’ W
I had no idea what to expect when I visited Sierra Leone. The only thing you hear about Sierra Leone was its civil war which took place in the 1990’s and the horrific crimes which were committed. Children being used as soldiers, amputation as a form of terror, wanton killing, enslaving people to work in diamond mines and systematic rape.
Prior to our arrival, we had a lecture on Sierra Leone and watched several documentaries about the war and its aftermath. It left you feeling sorry for the place before you even arrived.
Day 19-20, West Africa Cruise – At Sea, Off of the Coast of Liberia and the Ivory Coast
Latitude: 7° 00.8041′ N
Longitude: 12° 40.7239′ W
I’ve decided to combine these two days at sea because there was little which differentiated them, and because we have just gotten past the meatiest part of the trip. From Sao Tome to Ghana, we had 6 stops in 7 days, with only 1 day at sea.
From here, we have 2 days at sea to reach Sierra Leone, another day at sea to reach Gambia/Senegal, and a few more after that before we arrive in Morocco.
I thought this would be a good time to talk about life abroad the ship and the ways that the West Africa Cruise differs from when the Expedition is in the polar regions.
Day 18, West Africa Cruise – Takoradi, Ghana
We had a very short trip between Accra and Takoradi, Ghana. Probably the shortest sailing we had since the trip began.
It was also one of our shorter excursions on the trip, because we had to set sail early in order to get to Freetown in Sierra Leone in time.
Our objective for the day was to visit several of the slave forts along the coast. We visited two forts: Cape Coast Castle and the Elmira Castle, both of which are part of the same UNESCO World Heritage Site.