Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Freetown's Board Houses 'Bod Ose'




Despite the fact that many of these board houses are in decaying condition, the aesthetic of them not being touched or maintained allow visitors and passers by to view the building and its raw history. The wooden structures built by freed Americans slaves that still stand to this day, some dating back to 1792, when the first freed slaves arrived in Freetown. Structures such as the single-story Freetown Board House resemble colonial-era dwellings.




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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

SOLO TRAVEL


Back at home I am very much used to travelling alone and going about my own business like many Londoners. But for some reason it struck me when I arrived in Freetown, that I was alone and I actually missed having my sister by my side.  Previously when I have visiting Sierra Leone, I usually go with my sister and cousins making an occasion out of it during the Christmas period. I must admit that I did feel a little lost without them to begin with.


Despite feeling this way at the start, travelling alone does have its benefits. For example I found that I have more time. Usually the bigger the entourage the more precious time you waste from waiting for everyone get ready before leaving the house, to then deciding and then agreeing on where you are all going. Another benefit is that it is your call and your call only! There is no need to check or agree if everyone is ok with doing the activity you have chosen when it is only yourself. Travelling alone also allows you to have the time to think and reflect on on the journey so far. However if you really are not enjoying the idea of travelling solo I guess you will always meet new people, once you speak with them.

Here is a recap on the benefits I have found from travelling solo.

  • Just a little more time.
  • It’s all on you.
  • Reflection.
  • Meet new people.


Dress tailored and made in Sierra Leone.
Shoes: Zara




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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

2016 - A change of scenery

I’ll start by saying a Happy New Year! Seeing that this is my first post of 2016.  As we are now into the first few days of the New Year when is better than now for an update.

I am currently in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Where I originate from, I love coming back here. There are many attributes here that I have not been able to find in other countries I have visited (not sounding biased at all!). For that reason alongside work opportunities I might be here or in Africa much longer than I initially expected. However consistent sunshine, fresh fruits and beaches? I’m not complaining!

I travelled to Sierra Leone to see what I can offer on the other side of the Atlantic. It might not go to plan, it might well do. Ever since I did my work placement in Dakar, Senegal nearly two years ago, it has always been on my mind to return to Africa. I thought to myself. What is there to loose? You know what they say if you never try you will never know. Also if I didn’t try sooner or later, knowing my character I would just put it off forever.

I would much rather take these kind of risks/changes whilst I have no major responsibilities other than my phone bill.

I hope in 2016 we find the courage to be open to both planned and the not so planned changes that life brings. From changes in your daily routine to changing the same annual holiday destination you have been to countless times.


Remember a change of scenery usually does you some good.


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