Crystal Palace Hotel
Travel Blogs from Abuja
Lots of thunder and lightning last
night but no rain as a result. We are now heading north to get to the
border with *****ia and the road is horrendous. It is supposed to be
a tar road but is full of potholes which means we have to drive very
slowly, it is much worse than the dirt roads and is incredibly
dangerous. On the road all we see is overturned vehicles, broken down
vehicle at the edge and in the middle of the road and crazy fuel
... the Mosque, the Cathedral, the Park and around town a bit. Mosque impressive and managed to get inside. Talked to the guards and they took Papa to where a head guy was, who then took me to the guy who looks after the mosque. He talked to me for 20 minutes, well questioned me, and then got a underling to show me around. ( that almost went wrong though as other security then pounced and only when they had spoken to the head guy could we ...
... make use of
the football pitch and so had an impromptu 3 a side game (my team - Me, Ian and Gary) winning 3-2. This though was only a warm up for the next day we had our first inter-truck derby match against the Aftrails truck, and I am happy to report that we were the winners in this match by 4 goals to 2 - therefore after the match we had a few celebratory drinks.
The only really dampener on the night (quite literally) was whilst enjoying a few happy hour beers in the ...
... got my preferred placement of working at a local TV station part time and working in the School for Special Needs Children the other half. Brap!
Anyone who is at this point, seriously, why are you still reading this? If you bothered to make it to the end of my stream of conciousness and recall, well done and thanks. If not, you didn't miss much.
I'll keep you posted as and when I can,
"Standard, blood. Naturally"
... que a recepção seja especial e "acalorada", com checkpoints quase violentos a cada 10 metros ainda na zona da fronteira e a cada kilómetro uma série de 3 ou 4 barreiras de polícias de AK separadas por escassos 50 metros. Todos com ares de poucos amigos deixando a ideia que existe algum tipo de instabilidade no território, ou que andam mesmo só a caça do salário, extorquindo todos os cêntimos possíveis aos utentes da via. Resultado, os escassos 130 km da fronteira até Lagos ...