Yesterday was a public holiday in Sierra Leone, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha. Since I am blessed to have a friend visiting from the U.S. this week, we joined multitudes of Freetown residents in heading to the beach for the holiday. Yesterday, I was able to introduce my friend to the white sand shores of River #2, about 15 miles down the peninsula from my house in Aberdeen.
The Western Area Peninsula of Sierra Leone is characterized by a series of astoundingly beautiful beaches and peaceful fishing communities. The wonders of creation are in full display there with warm, Atlantic ocean- blue waves crashing to shore below the green slopes of the peninsula mountains. Among the simple pleasures of life in Freetown is the chance to get away for a day or a weekend to the beach, and to enjoy sun and swimming and seafood. Sierra Leoneans know they have a treasure at hand, and the Ministry of Tourism is working with local communities and business people to develop the area’s tourism potential.
In the year and a half I’ve lived in Freetown, I’ve been able to visit and explore just a handful of the beaches in the area. Among the residents of the city and expatriate friends, everyone has their favorite beach to visit. I hope I have the chance to venture out of the city and continue to explore the wonders at hand.