MONROVIA.........   Liberia's capital is a sprawling coastal city that isn't so far from the equator. So, it was also hot and sticky. With a population of over a million people, it had more than doubled since I was in the Peace Corps. Traffic was a nightmare every working day of the week. The city had grown in every direction possible and I recognized so very little of it. I felt like I was visiting the city for the first time.

One of the few places I recognized was the U.S. Embassy compound. Of course, it was no longer the U.S. Embassy. It was referred to as the "OEC", Old Embassy Compound. The new embassy was just a few blocks away. The entrance was across the street from the Masonic Temple. In my day, that was abandoned. I used to wander the building in search of scraps of slate to paint. No longer. It was once again in use.

I had one morning to wander the capital. It was Easter Sunday. There wasn't so much traffic. There weren't that many people on the street. But, it was still hot and sticky. After an hour and a half, I returned to the luxury of my air-conditioned hotel. My shirt was completely drenched in sweat. That was pretty much my "look" the entire month I was in Liberia.

The road to Waterside and other places to watch your step
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