“Freetown Peninsular, having a 40km length from Aberdeen to Kent with exceedingly attractive and varied beaches by the Peninsular Mountains.”
Ok guys and girls i have found another hidden treasure. Yesterday we drove about 2 hours from of Freetown towards Guinea. My friends took me to a place called Kent Beach and then took a 20 minute boat ride on a little brittle canoe type fishing boat ridden with small wholes etc to Banana Island. (I am going back today) The boat ride was a tad bit harry as we are on the Atlantic Ocean and there are waves and the whole nine yards. Ate fresh lobster, fish, and got drunk on palm wine on the beach and went for a swim. Found out that Burning Spear is from Sierra Leone and met one of the band members friends. They return to Sierra Leone often for holidays etc. Anyway, Banana Island is a beautiful picturesque place with a haunting past. This island was used as the main discharge points for the slave trade and both British and American ships used to load their human cargo on this island. I was able to see the remains of the stone warehouses and loading docks and was able to have a moment of silence for all those people who were forced to leave this paradise for a hellish life in the Americas. What a scar on human history. I was also able to talk with my friends who lived through the war which ended in 2002. Stories of the Child soldiers and the mass killings. This stuff really makes you think. I told all who were present that i have such respect for them as they were able to survive such an event. I thought about a time in my life that i considered one of the best times of my life. I thought about summer Phish tour about July/August 1997. Then i asked them what they were doing during this time. While i was playing in the sun and having the time of my life these guys were starving, sick, watching their friends and family having their arms and hands cut off (short sleeve or long sleeve was the question of the day: Look it up on Google). I heard stories of how brutal humans can be to one another and they are so brutal that i do not want to repeat them here unless asked. You can probably find this stuff on Google. Anyway, on to better things. I was at Kent beach which is way out in the jungle and the mountains reach into the sea at this point on the Peninsula. The water is crystal blue and the beaches are white. There are very few people out here. There was only one other couple on the whole beach while we were there, and they were from some international org which is a part of the UN or something. The water was very warm and the waves were breaking nicely, so nice that I am surprised that there were no surfers out there.
Anyway i was told this by a friend in Mali who is from Mali and during this moment there was another friend from France on hand.
"You may be Arab, Chinese, White, Russian or even American, if you talk bad French its called Parler petit Negre aka; Little "bla bla " talking, so that makes you a "bla bla " too."
If i remember correctly this was the conversation that i had with this African and French guy while discussing West Africa and a book called "Allah is not Obliged" by Ahmadou Kourouma who is a famous African writer and who uses this terminology throughout his book.
He also sites the Laroussse and the Petit Robert and the Glossary of French lexical particularities in Black Africa as sitting this phrase and hence what i am referring to above. I have not personally checked into this but i have taken it at face value.
Means black-as in a person with black skin, BUT does not have the negative association of the American word. Is more like "negro" back when that was considered to be p.c.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Could you say "pardon my French"? ;)
"Are you kind?"
Forgive me i meant Atlantic Ocean!!! It was an 8 hour flight from London and then a 3 hour drive/ferry from the Airport to Freetown. During these 3 hours i can see the lights of Freetown the whole time. Anyway, this place is pretty cool and tomorrow i am off to Banana Island, and Beach #2 which brings me through the African Jungle. The locals are friendly and there are some beautiful women here. I once dated a girl from Kenya and have always been attracted to African Women especially from Kenya, Eritrea/Ethiopia etc. Eritrean women are a mix between African and Arabian and their skin has a gold tint with curly locks. Man!!! Ok the lights just went out again and now i am writing in the dark. I like Sierra Leone more than Mali because in Mali there is absolutely no English and the French they speak is nothing like i have ever heard before. Hell my French is bad but theirs is just !@#$. I was once told “Parler Petit Negre," and i remember thinking why is this person telling me that i am speaking Ebonics!!! In FRENCH!!! That was when i figured out that the derogatory word "Nigger" does not apply to black people; it applies to anyone who speaks BAD FRENCH!!!! (Little Nigger speaking) Man life is a trip. Anyway, there are so many points in life where you think you know something and then when that something actually happens in real life you figure out that you were wrong the whole time. Anyway i do not like the word bla bla (i don’t have to say it again), but like i said before no PC here. I try to tell it like it is.
Here i am still on the road heading for another joint.
Currently in Free Town Sierra Leone. Beautiful Coast Line as it is settled between some smaller mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Freetown is a city of about 5 million people according to some locals. The country is still recovering from the war which officially ended in 2002 or 2003. It was a brutal brutal war filled with amputations and child soldiers and then some. I am staying at the Bintumani Hotel which during the war was the headquarters of the "Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) who was a group of Sierra Leone soldiers that allied itself with the rebel Revolutionary United Front in the late 1990s. While the AFRC briefly controlled the country in 1998, it was driven from the capital by a coalition of West African troops."
The country is still recovering but there is a sense of peace here now.
does anyone have this on Mp3. It was from 87.
i would love to hear a good copy of this as it is absolutly amazing!!!!
check this out.
Just read back through the threads and saw the post from Bamski (rambling). Hozomeen I have enjoyed your posts and they are well written and please keep them coming. The reason why I am on here is to share life experiences with the same people who I used share and create my life experiences back in the day. I am always in the mood to hear a good experience i.e. story. "I ant got no dime, but I got some time to hear his story." I have always been the adventurous type, but I was truly freed when I decided to go on tour with GD and later Phish. Those years were my platform to who I am today and are the reason why I find myself in places all over the world. Ihave degrees under my belt now, but i learned how to sell on the lot!! Pizza, beer, soda, you name it!!!! Those days on the road I could not believe that after breaking through the Great Divide and traveling from sea to shinning sea that there was still a show to go see almost every night!! This kept me coming back for more year after year until the time was right to move on. Anyway, my point is that the GD is the core of this site, but there are many travels and experiences that take place outside this core.
I do business in Freetown (pharmaceutical and medical supplies) and have been for 4 years or so but this is my first time actually going there. In Africa I usually go to Eritrea, Algeria, and Mali. God I have some great partners and do well in Somalia but things are a bit rough there at the moment. As soon as things cool down I am there!! I have a solid partner in SL who I have been working with for a while and have met in China several times. So I will be taken care of but I am always looking out for someplace where I can sneak away by myself to mix with the locals and to find good music. Any suggestions?
Hey Jodestar, we have spoken about our travels before! I am currently in Dubai and the city has a very international feeling to it. I have the same feeling in Hong Kong, Brussels, (and used to feel like this back in NY). Hey Marye, thanks for noticing. Cheers
I actually have shipments through an NGO to Conakry but have never been there. My personal policy is to go wherever my products go and to see the people how are using them so I am sure I will make it there some day.
Ya SL and Liberia where really !@#$ up not too long ago with the Charles and the boy soldiers etc. Here is a good book to read. "Allah is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma. The book is actually fiction but is based on the real thing only told as any great African story teller would tell it. Lots of humor but with the bitter truth about how far things went in the tribal wars in SL and Liberia back in the 90's. I read this book about 2 years ago and it is one of those books that you cannot put down and you are temped to reference now and again. Anyway, I hear Freetown has some of the best beaches in the world and I shall find out in a couple of weeks.
Anymore stories of Africa? I have been living in Asia (China) for about 5 years and have been traveling to Burma, Thailand et for sometime but I have always had a love for Africa. Must have been that Toto song back in the early eighties when MTV first came out. Ha ha.
Cheers guys and girls