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Photo Story: Liberia

The Rain International Service Station of Liberia had a single fuel pump, which by the looks of it wasn’t working. What fuel was available was contained in a demijohn resting on top of the pump. There might have been more stored in a jerry can within one of the rooms behind, but I didn’t ask the attendant. I don’t think he was very busy by the looks of it.

The price of fuel in Africa varies depending on how far it has had to travel from a refinery. The Rain International Service Station is about 50km north of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, where I arrived later that day. The previous day I crossed the border from Sierra Leone, which like Liberia has had an equally troubled past. Fortunately both countries are slowly rebuilding themselves, but there aren’t many tourists visiting yet.

For me service stations in Africa provided more of an opportunity to fill up with water or stop for a coke. The Rain International Service Station had neither. I did use petrol for my camping stove, but half a litre might last 1-2 weeks, sometimes longer when I wasn’t cooking.

It was a suitably named service station for the time of year I was here – August. Monrovia records one of the highest annual rainfalls of any city in the world. I got quite wet during my month cycling here. You can read the blog post that this photo originally appeared in here

One Comment

  1. wow, i never thought a fuel station could look like that, this is really enlightening!

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