So Long, Salone.

There have been so many changes in the past few months, but we must start from the beginning.  So, hold on to your hats folks!

In March, Alastair and I returned to Sierra Leone, for what was to be my final rotation working on site there.  We worked hard, but we enjoyed ourselves too.

We spent time with Lady.

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We welcomed mango and avocado season with open arms.  Alastair even started a mango drying factory since he prefers dried mango to fresh mango.

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We rode around on our friend’s motorbike, pretending to be Evel Knievel.

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We watched some magnificent sunsets, and had Saturday evening barbecues.

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We celebrated Easter, and later Alastair’s 30th birthday.

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We spent time with some of our stranger friends and begrudgingly accepted the start of rainy season.

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But, most importantly, it was also during this time, about a week or two after our return to camp, that we became aware of some spectacular news:  we learned I was pregnant!  Although the trials of the first trimester were a challenge while living in camp, it was such an exciting time for us.  We were both anxious and elated as we navigated through the first two months of a new-to-us experience.  Alastair and I are so happy knowing that we are expecting our first child together.

Mid-May arrived and it came time to say farewell to Sierra Leone, and to part with the people that I shared the majority of the past three years with.  It was bittersweet to leave such a special place, and I honestly hope Alastair and I have the opportunity to visit together again in the coming years, especially to see all of those familiar faces.

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We shared the news that we were expecting a baby, and we received many blessings and hopes for twins or triplets!

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Saying goodbye is never easy, but Alastair and I are keen to be moving forward onto new adventures, including becoming parents!

The day after we left Sierra Leone and arrived in London, we boarded a plane for Ethiopia.  More coming soon!

***The Ebola outbreak was worsening in Sierra Leone while we were still in camp, but since then it has escalated to into a public health emergency.  We continue to keep the people of West Africa in our hearts.***

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2 thoughts on “So Long, Salone.

  1. Hi There

    Congratulations!! I have been thinking of you. Are you coming to Beverly? I would love to see you.

    Lori

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