My sponsors, Lindsay and Sean, met me on the other side of Freetown. It was great to see Americans! They drove me to my apartment. It's really really big! The furnishings are ok, and the ac works great. I'll spend some time making it "homey" when my stuff arrives from the shipment. My car will take 2-3 months so until then I'll depend on friends and the motor pool to get me around.
Today Lindsay and Sean took me shopping and showed me the town a little. The Sierra Leoneons walk everywhere. Most people are unemployed. Women and children carry baskets of things to sell on their heads; just like in the photos. Stray dogs roam everywhere. The roads are rough, and my car will be perfect. Things are generally poor and shabby. There are no malls, no large stores, not much cleanliness. But there is no violence and the country is at peace. We have guards at our apartment and the gate is always locked to cars. The pool is nice and I finally got a chance to lay outside and get some sun.
First day of work tomorrow. I'll work on getting connected.
Love to everyone!
2160 Freetown Place
Dulles, VA 20189-2160