Money, money, money…

Ordered my travel money this morning. The official currency of Sierra Leone is the Leone with £1 = approx. Le5,800. The Leone is a closed currency, you can’t obtain them, or take them out of the country. Although we could take British Pounds, it works best for us to take US Dollars with us.

How much to take? I always find this a difficult decision to make – I don’t want to take too much and yet running out would be a nightmare. The accommodation isn’t cheap. We’re paying $144 for a twin room. There is cheaper, but not so conducive to the nature and intensity of our visit. On top of that we shall have to pay for transport, a car and its driver, most days. We shall need to get a 4×4 for the days when the tracks aren’t so good. The cost of this may vary, but depending on the price of petrol it may be around $50-60 a day. We shall also have to buy food and water (we buy bottled water, that way we know it is clean and suitable for UK stomachs – there’s nothing worse that an upset tum on a busy day!)

About Ben Quant

Ben is the former Chairman of the Sierra Leone Mission Committee in the UK, now serving as a co-opted member of the SLM, as well as the minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion church in Wormley, Hertfordshire (
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