It has taken longer than we thought to get to Buchanan!
We left the States as scheduled and arrived in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, 10 days ago as planned. But before we could leave the city, we needed to meet with PROJECT BUCHANAN folks, determine what materials still needed to be purchased before the Colorado building team arrives (on July 14), and then shop around for what we can afford! So our time in Monrovia was well-spent. One very useful little item we were able to pick up was a small modem that plugs into the USB port of my laptop, allowing me to go online via the cell phone service here (for about a dollar an hour). In fact, that's how I am able to be online right now as I compose this post!
Luther Tarpeh, the Pillar Field Director, was already planning a trip from Monrovia to Buchanan today. So we were up at 4:30 AM and ready to leave at the prearranged 5:30 AM departure time! The 90-mile trip (partly over some beautiful newly-paved road, partly over stretches of very rough dirt road) took 3 hours!
We have already been out and about around Buchanan to look for possible accommodations for the 7-person building team. I think they'll really like what we found... but I'll leave the details as a surprise for next week when they arrive!
Sorry, no photos yet!