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FIRST FOOTERS OF TRIBEWANTED

October 9, 2010

It’s been seven days since I arrived in John Obey, a small fishing village on the coast of Sierra Leone.  I’m a visitor, or rather tribe member to Tribewanted, a small organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development through eco-tourism and am one of eight first footers to visit this new village.

My journey began Thursday evening from Washington, DC and I arrived just over a 27 hours later to the Tribewanted village.  It was pitch black on the beach but my fellow tribe members and I were welcomed by enthusiastic and friendly faces all ready to help us set up our tents and settle in for the night.  We sat around a small fire sharing tea and briefly chatting about ourselves.  We then scurried to our tents to try and get some much-needed sleep. Sunrise came all too soon but first light revealed an expansive golden beach, bright blue water bordered by lush tropical hills.

For now, our tiny community consists of a thatched open-air kitchen, a handmade large eating table nestled under some trees and a compost loo.  We have two bucket showers on the beach that we fill with river water to bathe.  It truly is paradise for the fearless traveler.

There is much excitement in our new village as there is much to do and all involves the local villagers.  Each morning we gather to plan the day’s work, roll call is taken and duties assigned.  Tribe members and villagers work along side each other with the goal of completing what is now Sierra Leone’s first eco-village.  We are building a tower from trees we cut down out of the forest.  It will support two large solar panels that will provide us with electricity- something we don’t have at the moment.  With the help of a perma-culture specialist, we are planting fruits, trees and vegetables and learning new ways to conserve and give back to the Earth.  We also broke ground on our first of many earth-bag buildings.

There’s much to tell including a boa constrictor in the community, a welcoming party of over two hundred villagers complete with djembe drums, tribal dancing and the sacrifice of a goat to bless the earth under our first building.  For now, I’ll say the one thing that I wasn’t expecting was how much I’d enjoy the people who are living and working here and those who are just visiting as tribe members.  They are some of the most unique, pleasant and interesting people I have ever met.  Several of us are conspiring how to stay here longer or even permanently!  So interesting that we are living so simply yet feel we have been given paradise.

Internet is not easily accessible at the moment but I will follow up with stories and pics as soon as I am able.  Check back for pictures and more.

Alejandro enjoying the beautiful sunset

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. jaesea permalink
    October 9, 2010 3:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experiences in Sierra Leone….!

  2. Patrick Bolton permalink
    October 9, 2010 5:45 pm

    Fantastic to hear you’ve received such a welcoming reception and are taking to the tasks at John Obey so wonderfully. Give a big hug to the boa for me – or not. Enjoy/Survive/Thrive Susan!

  3. Alessandra permalink
    October 12, 2010 1:54 pm

    Thank you for opening up the world to me. The details & visuals are awesome.

    • October 20, 2010 11:01 am

      Hi Alessandra. Would love to take you there. Hoping to go back in February if you’re interested. You’d love it! Let’s catch up soon!

      xx
      Susan

      • Alessandra permalink
        October 25, 2010 2:08 pm

        Wow – that would be incredible!!!!!!

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