By Abubakarr Harding
Ritva Brita Annikki Rautio, a distinguished personality hailing from the Republic of Finland embarked on an extraordinary journey to the West African nation of Sierra Leone, and this remarkable visit was made possible by the Head of the Sierra Leone Consulate Planning Office in Finland, Sorie Obai Kamara.
Ritva’s extensive background in national economics, education and political involvement made her a captivating candidate to offer a unique perspective on this enchanting destination.
Motivated by a personal connection to the country, Ritva’s journey to Sierra Leone was primarily inspired by her son, who resides there. Her mission was to explore a land known for its captivating landscapes, vibrant culture and the warmth of its people.
Upon her arrival, Ritva eagerly embraced Sierra Leone’s natural beauty. The lush greenery, pristine beaches, and the warm embrace of the Atlantic Ocean created a welcoming ambiance. The warmth and friendliness of the Sierra Leonean people were delightful surprises, and their resilience in the face of past challenges left a lasting impression on her.
Ritva’s journey was punctuated by rich cultural experiences. She was captivated by the vibrant street markets and the strong sense of community that permeated Sierra Leonean life. These cultural encounters offered her a deeper understanding of the nation’s soul.
During her stay, Ritva paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and took a tour of the Parliament on Thursday September 21, 2023. Her visit was marked by taking photographs within the Parliament, which deepened her appreciation for the country’s heritage.
Ritva engaged in meaningful conversations about Sierra Leone’s ongoing development initiatives. She shed light on the importance of improving healthcare facilities, education, and infrastructure in the country, revealing a nation determined to overcome its challenges.
Ritva found Sierra Leone to be a safe and welcoming destination. She advises fellow travelers to follow common-sense precautions, stay informed about local customs, and immerse themselves in the rich culture and warmth of the Sierra Leonean people.
Encouraging travelers to explore Sierra Leone with an open heart and mind, Ritva emphasized the significance of embracing its culture, history and natural beauty. One of her most memorable moments was witnessing school children waving at her every school day, a heartwarming gesture that added to her appreciation of the country.
Ritva Brita Annikki Rautio’s journey to Sierra Leone serves as a testament to the transformative power of travel. Her experiences reveal a nation of extraordinary beauty and resilience, waiting to be discovered by those who dare to explore its wonders. Sierra Leone, with its rich history and warm-hearted people, has left an indelible mark on Ritva, reminding us all of the beauty that can be found in unexpected places.