Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Sunday, 30 April 2017

10 THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE OF FREETOWN

The 27th April marked the 56th Independence of Sierra Leone. I thought I would do this post dedicated to Salone's most recent milestone.

For those of you who are looking for a new adventure, a country you've never visited before, or the home base Sierra Leoneans and visitors, if you're getting tired of the same old city life…venture out. Here is a post of some activities to do outside of Freetown.


1. ROAD TRIP! 


The easiest of them all, once you have a car. Go and explore another district. I took this photo on my way back to Freetown after a weekend spent in Kabala.

2. LOMA MOUNTAINS


The highest peak is Mount Bintumani which rises to a height of 1,945 metres. Since 1952 The area has been designated a non-hunting forest reserve



3. TIWAI ISLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY


This Wildlife sanctuary is one of the largest inland islands in the country and is still on my to do list to visit.


4. GOLA RAINFOREST NATIONAL PARK



There are hippos to be seen within this park, but I'll believe it when I see it. But without a doubt its a change of scenery from the city.


5. COASTAL BEACHES

Tokeh beach at The Place
Alongside the peninsula there are many beaches to choose from. My favourite beaches are Hamilton, Kent and Number 2 beach. 

6. MAMA BEACH






I'm yet to visit but I think the image speaks for itself!? Photo by Caroline Thomas.

7. BUNCE ISLAND


A tragic part of history but nevertheless Bunce Island is an island that should be taken into more consideration than it is currently. Such an extrodinary part of Sierra Leonean history is naturally falling apart. Try and visit the island whilst you still can. Find tour guides via Visit Sierra Leone Travel or Tour Guides Sierra Leone.

8. WARA WARA MOUNTAIN


I did the hour and thirty minute trek up Wara Wara Mountain at the end of last year. Let me tell you the view and the breeze made it all worth it! The mountain is in the Kabala of the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone.


9. OUTAMBA KILIMI NATIONAL PARK


Outamba-Kilimi National Park is located in northwest Sierra Leone with the closest entry being en route  to Kabala. The park is also near the border with the Republic of Guinea

10. BANANA ISLANDS



Yep, Sierra Leone has a Banana Island too! I must take an overdue visit here, the last time I visited was back in 2010. Banana Islands are a group of three islands that lie off the coast of Yawri Bay. Water sports, resorts and fishing excursions are also available here.






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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

THROWBACK TRACK 03 - 'YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE' BY NEW RADICALS

I know it's been a while since I last posted a throwback track, but I'm back with a gooden!

This song has been in my head for the last four days! I don't know what triggered this blast from the past but I'm glad it did cross my mind, because for all I know I really did forget about this 98' track (perhaps its just my inner 90's geek). It's quite an inspirational song when you listen carefully. Not to mention the message/ the title of the song being the ultimate truth in everything we do. - We only get what we give!

I hope this post allows you to relive the days when music was much more than a catchy tune.

Enjoy Tuesday's Throwback Track #3 

Band: New Radicals
Year:1998




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Saturday, 15 April 2017

FUJIKO NAKAYA X TATE MODERN

Photo by Toby Wills-Hart

Last weekend I went to the Tate Modern Museum, I wasn’t going to go as I was fully aware that I had made a visit two months ago, meaning that a lot of the same work and exhibitions would still be on show, which they were. But I was in the area and I thought why not. As my friend and I were leaving we were greeted by a heap of misty smoke. Which initially left me feeling disorientated to say the least. I guess that’s because I wasn’t expecting it.

Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya has dominated the entrance of the Switch House  creating a Hama tan of fog; something I never knew could possibly be sculpted until then. Regardless of Nakayo being one of the world’s leading fog sculptors she presents her first fog sculptor here in London on the terrace of the Tate Modern.


On the slightly raised terrace within a semi circle frame carefully instructed and designed nozzles release pure water vapors at different density’s from 10am to 10pm throughout the week interacting with the public whether they like it or not.

I had never come across this artist before, however I have now taken the time to look at some of her previous work, which is impressive.


I’m not going to lie I was hesitate to enter and indulge into the space of nowhere, knowing full well that the moisture of the installation would only intensify the shrinkage of my natural hair. To be honest that crossed my mind for perhaps 30 seconds before reminding myself that moister on your Afro never hurt anybody. It’s all these conditions you have to relearn when growing out your hair naturally, but I’ll save this for another post.

Nevertheless what I will also mention in this post, is my outfit. I’m not one to do the literal colour-matching ensemble but other than the two items being the same olive dirt green colour. Lets just take a moment and appreciate the combination of my jumpsuit and my brother’s jacket!? It was marriage meant to be…

Me having a 'Stars In Their Eyes' moment.

Not that I needed the jacket for too long that day, as it was sunny 20 something degrees that day. Even better news, both items are Primark finds.

Overall I enjoyed the installation; there is something about it not always being visible and having  that surprise element once its active that I really like. Check it out whilst its still there or else you can always check out other user experiences with Nakayo’s work on Instagram.




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Sunday, 2 April 2017

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT GUYS!



I just wanted to begin the month with a thank you to everyone who has taken the time to view, read, look, pree, get inspired etc. on YASMIN TELLS. It means a lot, I hope I can continue to create content and grow the blog in the future. I'm not quite sure how to celebrate this milestone but I will keep you posted once it has been decided. I've been asked a couple of times why I haven't done a competition yet. - Perhaps I'll finally do my first giveaway! TBC.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend.



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