Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa, a nation with one of the most interesting and rich history, but, unfortunately, one of the poorest nations. At present, Liberia is trying to get back on its feet after 14 years of civil wars that led to the deaths of 250,000 people. In 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf won the presidency and became the first African-prezindent woman. Her main task was the resurrection and the restoration of the country, which was still 15,000 UN personnel. At present, tourists are recommended to refrain from trips to Liberia, but travel to the capital Monrovia, except in cases of extreme necessity. When this country finally opened to tourists, they were able to appreciate its capital, relax on the beach or explore the wildlife Sapo National Park.
The most comprehensive description of Liberia can be found in "Journey without maps," Graham Greene, describing his trip to this country in 1935. Although this book can hardly be called a modern guide, it describes the atmosphere that prevails in Liberia and make this book a valuable source of knowledge for each person who decides or is planning to go to Liberia. Liberia, or the Republic of Liberia, located on the west coast of Africa,is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. Initially, Liberia was founded as a refuge for former African slaves from the United States and Liberia still maintains close ties with this country. In fact, Liberia is the only country in Africa, whose official language is English. Liberia also uses the national currency of the United States.
Food in Liberia is very cheap, satisfying and delicious. Dishes such as palm oil, cassava leaves, green potatoes, rice hardly desolate with your budget (all of which will cost US $ 2-3 and soda). Portions are usually enormous. One of the most popular dishes in Liberia is fufu (cassava dough) and soup (soup with goat meat and pepper soup). Very tasty fish is cooked on the coals, particularly snapper. Fish dishes are available from street vendors throughout Monrovia. Peanuts, banana chips paradise, popcorn or banana, mango and other fruits can be purchased for LD $ 5-20 (or US $ 0.10-0.30). Be sure to taste the freshly baked bread that is sold in the early morning. In hotels, motels and restaurants in Liberia you will most likely be served dishes of American, European, Asian, Chinese, Lebanese and African cuisine.
• Soup with meat goats.
• Cabbage with bacon and pork legs.
• The palm nuts with shrimp, fish or chicken.
• Rice bread with banana puree.
The climate of Liberia is humid, tropical and changes a few times a year. The average air temperature is of 27 º C and it rarely rises above 36 º C. On the coastal areas the temperature is kept, due to ocean breezes. In Liberia, you can identify two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. Rains last from April to November. From November to March harmattan blows, inflicting a lot of inconvenience to the local residents. How to get to Liberia Monrovia International Airport, the only airport in Liberia, is located 60 miles from the center of the capital. SN Brussels Airlines offer direct flights to Monrovia from Brussels.
Do not go out at night and always close the door of the car, including the window when you're driving around the streets. Burglars often break into cars when they stop, for example, on a red light, and grab everything you see. Robbery with rape or armed robbery is a common phenomenon. At the corner of Randall and Keri are going to dealers, so this place should be avoided. Avoid any isolated and abandoned places, keep your group. It is useful to observe the locals if they behave as usual, and if around are many women and children, then nothing bad will happen. If the local suddenly gone missing, you need to quickly retreat. Liberians are mostly friendly and sociable people. But they do not like to ignore them, and they may have had called for such an attitude. Greet all who have seen at least once, and smile. Make friends with the concierge, cleaner and other staff and remember their names. So, you take care of your own safety, as in case of trouble, they always warn you in advance. Shake hands with everyone you meet, even with the traders, who buy the fruit. Since Liberia is a very poor country, you are bound to beggars asking for money. If you submit alms elderly or disabled, you will not go unnoticed. But if you want to help children play with them better, make a couple of pictures (they love it) and give them a gift.
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