A trip to
Well….go there I did and luckily I did it with no truck, no canoe and luckily without encountering any snakes.
On a misty Friday morning the twelve of us gathered at the Aqua Sports Club in
Now there are two ways to get to
I was amazed and excited to find two speed boats docked and ready to take us on our trip. Nothing prepared me for when I rocked up to that speedboat, no lie, I felt like the next Bond girl. The boat ride was exhilarating and awesome. The view of the West African coastline took my breath away. Goderich, Lakka,
The morning mist lifted rapidly revealing the cut of landscape. No wonder it is named
I was just imagining what life would have been like for the first free settlers of
Finally we all climbed back on board, the boats docked by the shore and we disembarked. At this point there was only one thing on everyone’s mind – food. We enjoyed a picnic lunch of Jollof, pepper chicken and plantains, fruits followed by a lot of shortbread.
After lunch came the tour with our guide Edward Johnson. He wasn’t a local but he travels over to
In terms of wildlife the island had an array of beautiful flowers- pink, orange, red and yellow. I have no idea of the species but I do know that similar flowers can be purchased in pricey florists up and down the
As we walked we met a villager who introduced us to an eight week old monkey whose mother had recently died. He seemed petrified of so many humans staring at him but we all kept a non-threatening distance from him to reduce his anxiety. But he soon loosened up for pictures – we live in a celebrity driven world and he wanted his 15 minutes.
One of the historic sites on
After a lengthy trek our guide still insisted it was “not far”. We all know that is one of the great lies in
I was very proud to learn more about my heritage in the hours spent on the island. I sat back on the speedboat and watched the island disappear into the distance. As it floated in the ocean so too would it float in my mind forever.
Being on the open water is very freeing. I know it’s a cliché but fresh sea air really does make you sleepy and as my eyelids became heavier I felt a sharp dig in the ribs and somebody mentioned dolphins. Not one but a school of them. Like a rocket on the rise they jumped out of the water and I squealed with delight. Sweet sweet Salone.