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Drove to the embarkation point for
visiting the town of Ganvie, which is built on stilts in the middle
of the lake. The first residents moved there in the 17th
century to escape slave hunters who were banned by a religious custom
from going into the water. There are 48,000 people living in the
town, it is almost like an enormous swamp built on stilts. In some
... The drive back to Lagos was pleasant and free of traffic but as we were turning into the dirt road that led to my house to pick up Paul's luggages and rest a bit before heading to the airport, a little bit of "adventure" occurred. In an attempt to work on the dirt road in question (a road with crests and troughs caused by erosion), the "landlord association" procured lorry loads of red earth to use in filling the depressions in an attempt to smoothen the road. While we were away ...
... then settle in for the Sabbath. Sabbath services will be held in the city of Cotonou.
Following the service and fellowship, we will return to Lagos, *****ia where I will fly out for home at 10:00 PM. Mr. Mickelson and Mr. Akinbo will continue on to Accra, Ghana on Monday, and visit through the following Sabbath.
Due to the travel arrangements and availability of an internet connection, this will be my last entry into this ...
... I could show them both on my laptop (which by the way, they had to help me get going) the video of my skydiving for my 50th. Isaac exchanged contact details with me before disembarking in Pointe Noire. And as he said goodbye, he called me “his mother.” Wow, I am starting to feel really old! He’s 34! Now Ismail, the gastric surgeon, has offered to have his driver who is picking him up in Cotonou drive us to ...
... involved with voodoo. Unlike the popular misconception that voodoo is some kind of witchcraft, it is in fact a complex set of rites for protection rather than harm.
The town itself had a number of nice cafes, craft shops and a good museum. We even ran into one of the sons of the voodoo king but politely declined a visit to see the man himself. I got the feeling that there were lots of relations to the king and I’m not sure all of them were genuine. A couple ...