Liberia – Monrovia
After the hustle and bustle of Freetown it was nice to enter a capital that was not congested with traffic, Monrovia isn’t a massive city and has a few major roads that run through the heart of it.
We checked out the centre and there seemed to be a handful of very expensive hotels followed by next to nothing, we did find outside of the city a few guesthouses on the coast (30 min drive) that we were able to camp in for a few quid each so we had somewhere to stay.
On our first day we met up with Abibu who is the husband of Howa (the family we stayed with in Freetown). Abibu works for the UN here as a senior Programme Manager and he kindly offered to meet us in a nice hotel called the Royal which isn’t to far from the main UN headquarters.
Abibu gave us a fascinating insight into the UN and told us that in Liberia it currently has the third largest number of UN personnel stationed in the country behind Somalia and Afghanistan. He also tried to see if there was any cheap accommodation in the city for us and after a few calls without success he told us that if we were fine with it, we could stay at his place. This was a kind gesture by Abibu and we appreciate you letting us stay at your place.
In the heart of Monrovia we visited the National Museum which sadly was looted during the riots a few years back and many historical artefacts were stolen. The museum offers money to people to bring back their stolen items and sometimes see’s artefacts being sold on street corners! Nevertheless the guardians of the museum were friendly and the items of tribal war outfits were fascinating.
The museum also had an area outside which showed how traditional Liberian cloths were made via old school weaving.