Pam has had pretty good data service the last couple days, so we were able to take advantage of our "free" BB Messenger and email. Unfortunately, the bandwidth is more like rubber band width, so I have only a couple pics to share.
On Friday, Pam reported that they had a very adventurous day. They had a chance to ride a potta potta (which I can only assume is a West African version of a large tuk tuk). She said that it had six people in it when the team squeezed in six more. Later, after a fun taxi ride, the team boarded a speed boat to Bunce Island.
According to Wikipedia, "Bunce Island is best known as one of the chief suppliers of slaves to the rice industry in the North American Colonies of South Carolina and Georgia. Rice requires a great deal of technical knowledge for its successful cultivation, and South Carolina and Georgia planters were willing to pay premium prices for slave labor brought from what they called the "Rice Coast" of West Africa, the traditional rice-growing region stretching from what is now Senegal and Gambia in the north down toSierra Leone and Liberia in the south."
"Bunce Island was the largest British slave castle on the Rice Coast. African farmers with rice-growing skills kidnapped from inland areas were sold at the castle itself or at one of its many "outfactories" (trading posts) along the coast before being transported to North America. Several thousand slaves from Bunce Island were taken to the ports of Charleston (South Carolina) and Savannah (Georgia) during the second half of the 18th century."
Earlier in the week, Pam and Meg spent time with two tailors; David and Alamamy. The team ate supper with them Friday night. Saturday included a quick trip to the market and then some time visiting the Kroo Bay Kids Good News Club.
David and Meg
Today, the team will board an evening flight, travel through the night to London and then take a plane to the U.S. Today is also Pam's birthday, so it is bittersweet for me and the kids. We were able to send her birthday wishes using a "Voice Note" with BB Messenger, so she was able to listen to it when she awoke this morning. We miss her deeply, but I cannot think of a better birthday present than for her to be in Africa among girlfriends, old and new.
Happy Birthday Pam!!!