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Geotag Icon Gallery: Sierra Leone

Photographs posted by on Feb 9th, 2010

Cycling through sweet Sierra Leone via Freetown, Shenge, Kenema, Bo and Tiwai Island. Photography by Bex Sumner and Huw Williams, November and December 2009.

Related sound: Yellow-casqued Hornbill (Tiwai Island) »
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Geotag Icon Gallery: Guinea-Bissau and Guinea (Conakry)

Photographs posted by on Feb 6th, 2010

The journey through Guinea-Bissau and Guinea (Conakry). In this stretch, we travelled by bike, boat and, because of the unstable situation in Guinea at the time, by Land Rover, courtesy of the fine folks at Atlantic Rising. Photographs by Bex Sumner and Huw Williams, 2009.

Related gallery: Faces of the Bijagos (Guinea-Bissau) »
Related blog: Into Guinea-Bissau: drug barons, dogs’ heads and difficult decisions »
Related blog: Guinea: a dash through a dashing country »
Related sound: The chain ferry to Guinea »
Related sound: The pirogue to Orango »
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Geotag Icon Huw’s health, and an unexpected homecoming

Blog posted by on Jan 25th, 2010

A quick summary of our last two months – from getting engaged to getting Blackwater Fever and getting evacuated by air ambulance. Twice.



Our homes for the night, in pictures

Blog posted by on Jan 17th, 2010

A selection of photographs of places we’ve stayed during our first ten months on the road.



Geotag Icon Soundscape: Chain ferry to Guinea

audio, soundscapes posted by on Dec 15th, 2009

The ferry to Guinea

We reached the river that demarcates the Guinea-Bissau / Guinea border between Pitche and Foula Mouri early, while wisps of mist still hung over the river. The chain ferry tilted in the water at the near bank, attached to a chain stretching between the two banks. In this recording, you can hear the clunking of chains and the chatter as passengers hauled the ferry across the river. As our equipment was buried deep in the Land Rover (we took a lift across Guinea for security reasons), this was recorded on Atlantic Rising‘s kit, while they were doing real work (thanks folks!). You can read more about this journey in the blog.

Date and time recorded: 09:23 local time, 15th November 2009
Location: Between Pitche …



Geotag Icon A walk on Orango (flip-flops vs sandals)

audio, soundscapes posted by on Dec 15th, 2009

In place of the sounds of the salt-water hippos we hoped to record on Guinea-Bissau’s Orango Island (but couldn’t afford to), here are some flip flops and sandals, recorded during a walk through some of the island’s mangrove forests. Huw was wearing the (stylish, velcro) cycling sandals, and Will “short leg, strong foot” Lorimer of Atlantic Rising was wearing the flip-flops (brand unknown).

Date and time recorded: 10:24 local time, 11th November 2009
Location: Orango Island, Guinea-Bissau (view on map)
Equipment: Sennheiser MKH30/40 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon The Times They Are A-Changin’! (The Hobo Blues)

Blog posted by on Dec 4th, 2009

Over the past nine months, we’ve travelled through some spectacular lands and feel privileged to have seen and heard what we have. We’ve also come to realise that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the things we want to do…



Geotag Icon Guinea: a dash through a dashing country

Blog posted by on Nov 22nd, 2009

From Guinea-Bissau’s Bijagos islands to Freetown, Sierra Leone: a dash through Guinea’s beautiful landscapes and unstable political climate – by Land Rover.



Geotag Icon Gallery: Faces of the Bijagos

Photographs posted by on Nov 20th, 2009

Black and white portraits taken during boat journeys around the Bijagos islands off Guinea-Bissau – including Orango and Bubaque islands. Photographs by Huw Williams, November 2009.

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Geotag Icon Soundscape: The pirogue to Orango

audio, soundscapes posted by on Nov 13th, 2009

Loading the pirogueLast week, we left our bikes in Bissau and set off by boat to a couple of islands in the Bijagos archipelago – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – with Lynn, Tim and Will of Atlantic Rising. The weekly boat between Bubaque and the sparsely populated island of Orango was a wooden pirogue, which we shared with around 50 people, a dozen or so chickens, several pigs, a few goats and – on the return journey – six cows. We made this recording while the boat was still being loaded, before the bottles of palm wine and sugar cane alcohol had been cracked open for the five hour ride.

Date and time recorded: 12:30 local time, 7th November 2009
Location: Bubaque, Bijagos archipelago, Guinea-Bissau (view …