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A Memorable Ramen Encounter


On a cold winter evening in Kyoto, I coincidentally found a minuscule ramen shop concealed in a tranquil rear entryway. Sitting at the counter, I watched the talented culinary specialist fastidiously... Read more

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  • Sierra Leone

    It’s not hard to love Sierra Leone. Yes, that Sierra Leone, the little country in West Africa best known for an ugly history of slavery, rebel child soldiers fighting a decade-long civil war (1991-2002), the violent thriller Blood Diamond, and, more recently, its Ebola breakout from 2014-2016. Well over a decade past its dreadful war, the country, though still showing its scars and beset by poverty and poor…   Read more


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    • Self-caught fish & oysters on a beautiful beach resort in Sierra Leone

      Banana Island, Sierra Leone

      On a trip to Banana Island in Sierra Leone, we had the chance to sample our own catch of seafood. We set out on a small boat to the oyster reef. We had to be there at low tide, as the oysters …    Read more

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  • Tiwai Island, Sierra Leone: 11 Primate Species, Five Tents, One Cook

    Our immediate impressions of Tiwai Island, a wildlife sanctuary/research facility and community-led conservation initiative in Sierra Leone’s southeast, weren’t the best: Here we found ourselves on a hot, buggy tropical island in…   Read more

  • Freetown Through a Car Window

    We first arrived to Freetown via water taxi from the airport, a bumpy adventure in the pitch-black night. Our brief drive through the western part of town revealed a city in full Friday-night revelry: unruly streets, overflowing clubs, and…   Read more

  • African Cooking: What's With the Maggi Cubes?

    Maggi stock cubes—high in sodium, MSG, and hydrogenated fats—are ubiquitous in West African cooking. Find out what the dangers are, then meet ogeri and sounbareh, the nutritious traditional seasonings they’re…   Read more

  • Local Oysters, Sierra Leone Style

    After a full day village-hopping along the Freetown Peninsula’s beautiful coastline, we hit our last stop, Bureh beach. We didn’t plan on saving the best for last; it just happened. On this idyllic stretch of palm tree-studded…   Read more

  • Sierra Leone: A Traveler’s Perspective

    Ever consider traveling to Sierra Leone? Maybe you should. View of lagoon from bungalow, Tribewanted, John Obey beach Somewhere between waking up to peaceful lagoon views; swimming in a warm, empty sea before breakfast; and feasting on spicy…   Read more


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