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African Morning

"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy." - Ernest Hemingway

I have to say that I really did enjoy my mornings while out in the interior of Guinea. We traveled about 12 hours from the ship to stay with some missionary friends in the highlands of this beautiful country.

My daily morning routine was to wake up around 6AM without an alarm as we did go to bed early while the ship. It is fairly easy to do when it gets dark fast and it is some quiet. Also, no internet, TV, or other distractions of the modern world.

After I got out of bed (checking for scorpions or other creatures first), I would head for the kitchen, look for some matches, and then heat up some water on the propane stove for my coffee. Our hosts did not drink coffee so we did bring our French Press and other coffee supplies.

It took about 15 minutes to get a cup of coffee brewed and then I sat outside on the porch (after I made sure there were no cobras or other unwanted guests). The black Lab guard dog would come over a sit with me until the sun came up. The sounds of birds and people starting their day was so interesting.

I have to agree with Mr. Hemingway about African mornings making one happy!

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