Travel Blogs from Porto-Novo, Benin

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Ganvie, the Venice of West Africa, and more, Lokossa, Benin travel blog

Ganvie, the Venice of West Africa, and more

A travel blog entry by suzyinbenin

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... leaf hats guiding their fish-filled pirogues off to the markets. The tour was very cool and relaxing. For those who may visit Benin one day, I recommend beginning a tour in So-Ava. Make sure to reserve a day for it, and if you don't speak French ...

A Hodge-Podge of Thoughts, Lokossa, Benin travel blog

A Hodge-Podge of Thoughts

A travel blog entry by kelleyinafrica

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You wake up under the green haze of a mosquito net that has become almost an extension of your own body; in the morning, your feet press outwards, tugging the protective layer away from the mattress, explaining those mysterious bug bites on your stomach, ...

notes cuturelles, Copargo, Benin travel blog

notes cuturelles

A travel blog entry by rebeccamrljak

Here are a few of the cultural differences from a worksheet that we received comparing and contrasting American and Beninese cultures: Benin- you can assume that sleepers are tired and can sleep though most noises, as they have been doing since they ...

dfqd, Abomey, Cotonou, Porto Novo, Benin travel blog

dfqd

A travel blog entry by karanshark

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... the Abomey city government in its infinite wisdom that travelers spin in wisdom has added a 2 dollar tourist tax. Punks. Benin, especially Abomey and Porto Novo are quite strange in the way that you often see women walking around topless - and it's not ...

African Funeral, Ikplinle, Benin travel blog

African Funeral

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... died than given to them their entire lives in many cases! Well, the party is planned and relatives and friends from all over Benin are called and usually 4 or 5 months later the party is had. Get this though. Here's the kicker. The deceased person is ...

Sleepless Nights, Parakou, Benin travel blog

Sleepless Nights

A travel blog entry by jessamyjoy

The cool breeze from the fan flutters the mosquito net in graceful wisps as the squeaking of the bats lulls me to a desire for the sleep that's recently eluded me. I roll over to face away from the small gleam of the porch light that sneaks through the ...

Entrepreneurs, Azove, Benin travel blog

Entrepreneurs

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... and very powerful there they have a door called the porte of no return on the beach where the slaves would pass under for their last time in benin and on the continent of africa i miss you guys hope life is treating you as well as it is me!!! ...

the group, Copargo, Benin travel blog

the group

A travel blog entry by rebeccamrljak

Well, I happy to report that I've officially messed up. No, no, it wasn't anything major and I found that I was laughing at myself as it was happening, but I thought I'd share what is probably the first of many language/culture mix-ups that I ...

birthday - benin style, Copargo, Benin travel blog

birthday - benin style

A travel blog entry by rebeccamrljak

... But, I have to say that I had a pretty swell birthday. To start, perhaps it's important to understand that birthdays here in Benin are of much less significance than they are in the US (to me, anyway). I might have mentioned this before that many people ...

baby benin, Copargo, Benin travel blog

baby benin

A travel blog entry by rebeccamrljak

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It's a boyyy! My pregnant mama, Roukiat, finally gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! Saturday night I was socializing with my friends at the buvette next to my house when my non-pregnant mama, Saidat, came over to borrow my friend's moto to take ...

baptême, Copargo, Benin travel blog

baptême

A travel blog entry by rebeccamrljak

... ...Sani Moudjahidou Oscar. Sani is his father's name and that then becomes the baby's last name (which goes first here in Benin). Moudjahidou is his given name. It is pronounced something like MOO-JIE-DOO. Also, this is strickingly similar to how ...

VOODOO!!!, Azove, Benin travel blog

VOODOO!!!

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... your maps out, here it goes. Drum roll please..... the name of the town is Pobe. It is on the east side of Benin about one mile from Nigeria. I will be working with entrepreneurs there along with, specifically, a large palm oil company that is hoping ...

Entrepreneurs, Azove, Benin travel blog

Entrepreneurs

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... they have a door called the porte of no return on the beach where the slaves would pass under for their last time in benin and on the continent of africa also saw the tree of forgetfulness where male slaves would walk around it nine times and women ...

life in azove, Azove, Benin travel blog

life in azove

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

hello all, cant write using cap letters cause im using a french keyboard, dont know how...ha Well, oh there it is HHHHHHAAAAAA Well it has been a while since my last post. We do not have access to the internet in azove so i had to take a bush ...

First Week in Pobe, Pobe, Benin travel blog

First Week in Pobe

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... everyone of you well. Today is the 21st of Decemberso Christmas is up shortly. I want to wish you all a merry christmas from Benin. Except for the few various Ex-Pat houses with lights and a decorated tree, you would never know it was a holiday around ...

sani's fam, Copargo, Benin travel blog

sani's fam

A travel blog entry by rebeccamrljak

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Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Sani's more extended family. He took me to Djougou on his moto (about 30 minutes from home). We started out at his place of work. He not only is an electrician, but today he took me to see his photography studio, ...

Pictures, Materi, Benin travel blog

Pictures

A travel blog entry by jasonrebecca

Here are some new ...

Moringa Madness, Materi, Benin travel blog

Moringa Madness

A travel blog entry by jasonrebecca

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... to begin the next morning. It was at this point that we ran smack into the debilitating and extremely frustrating beaurocracy here in Benin. At 8pm that night we go to the superintendent of Matéri County's house to be told that he's delayed the training ...

What we're working on..., Materi, Benin travel blog

What we're working on...

A travel blog entry by jasonrebecca

... how she is always so confused around this time because it just can't be he birthday yet because it doesn't feel like February. "In Benin it just always feels like August and so February seems like it's always such a long ways off." Well I think ...

New Years in Pobe!!, Pobe, Benin travel blog

New Years in Pobe!!

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... and that I would like to pray for them in english. It was cool. I prayed at 12:00 am maybe 12:05 for a church in Benin on the year 2004. It was a cool experience. So again, a big difference here than the states is the celebration continues for about 4 ...

il pleut..., Copargo, Benin travel blog

il pleut...

A travel blog entry by rebeccamrljak

... of rain. Of course, for myself, I wasn't inside... This is morning number two at my new host family's house in Nothern Benin. I awoke this morning to some roosters doing there thing (which they also tend to enjoy doing around 3, when it's not time ...

independence cha cha, Copargo, Benin travel blog

independence cha cha

A travel blog entry by rebeccamrljak

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I woke to the independence, cha cha song playing on repeat this morning. Today, is Benin's independence day and they are celebrating 46 years of independence. After a little breakfast, my papa took me on his moto to the celebration. It was about a 30 ...

Giant Snails, Houégbo, Benin travel blog

Giant Snails

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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A common ...

Another Funeral, Benin, Benin travel blog

Another Funeral

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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Another Funeral...  This time my landlord's grandfather died.  Notice that funerals are very expensive events for families.  Luckily, my landlord's family is rich.  Most families acquire major debt when a funeral ...

Another Dinner..., Houégbo, Benin travel blog

Another Dinner...

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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Carrot cake/bread, Wine and Sprite, Omelets, sauce legumes (a leaf you buy in the marché and cook like spinach), and fried potato ...

Meeting in Zinvie, Zinvie, Benin travel blog

Meeting in Zinvie

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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We took a 3.5 to 4 hour bike ride from Houegbo to Zinvie where we had a ...

The World is Painted...., Houegbo, Benin travel blog

The World is Painted....

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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The high school is called the CEG and is located in Houegbo.  Meredith, one of the PCVs, who painted the mural works at this ...

Pigs, Unknown, Benin travel blog

Pigs

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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A Returning Peace Corp Volunteer friend of my village President (the Chief d'Arrondissment, named Joseph) wanted me to visit a pig raising facility that he helped Joseph develop.  The location is out in the middle of no-where...we rode in a car for ...

Bodybuilding Competition, Benin, Benin travel blog

Bodybuilding Competition

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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The 1st Annual Bodybuilding Competition in ...

The Chouk Marché, Parakou, Benin travel blog

The Chouk Marché

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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The Chouk (spelling??) marché...it's quite an interesting experience. Chouk is a unique liquid-beer that tastes kind of cider-ish. The vendor (the lady in the blue and white on the left) sits in the center of a circle of clients with her big bucket of ...

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