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 …

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Day 18, West Africa Cruise – Takoradi, Ghana

Latitude: Longitude: 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 …

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Day 17, West Africa Cruise – Accra, Ghana

Latitude: 5° 38.1051’ N Longitude: 0° 00.0001’ W Accra completed changed everything I thought about West Africa. Since we left Swakopmund, we’ve visited a series of very poor, developing countries. The levels of development differed, but there was a certain commonality they all shared in terms of infrastructure and sanitation. Accra is at a different …

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Day 16, West Africa Cruise – Cotonou, Benin

Latitude: 6° 28.1006′ N Longitude: 2° 23.4704′ E As I mentioned yesterday, the port of Cotonou, Benin was closed for Easter. Technically speaking, we could have gone to Benin on Easter because the Benin navy had offered to transport people to shore for the low, low price of €350 per person….each way! It also would …

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Day 15, West Africa Cruise – Lome, Togo

Latitude: 6° 08.5126’ N Longitude: 1° 17.0908’ E In the last two updates I said that our next stop was going to be Cotonou, Benin. Togo is clearly not Benin. What happened was a classic case of West African bureaucracy and being able to adapt. Day 15 was actually Easter Sunday. Despite the fact that …

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