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Travel Blogs from Ouidah
1st February We had to leave Togo today as our 7 day visas ran out, but our passports were at the Gabon embassy - we got the visas (well done Marianne & Cade!). We crossed into Benin (also known as part of the Slave Coast, or as Dahomey). Again there was a lot of voodoo there. Benin is a bit wider than Togo - 75 miles (120 kms) along its coast. We camped at a site with a pool! And a diving platform! Most of 'the usual suspects' went nuts off that!
2nd February ...
... swim in years. Togs and goggles on I whipped out a km like I’d never stopped training. The following 2 days I built that to 1500m without any trouble. I can’t tell you how good that felt. We were getting a bit sedentary with all the long days on the road and it was starting to show. So much for losing weight in Africa!
The next day we all trooped back into town to apply for the *****ian visa. The crew actually made it into the embassy this time, only to ...
... with her sliced up leg, Ms Mouth had stepped into take her place. For all her faults she was more than happy to step in and help out when required and she was a great cook. Lazy girl responded by firstly cutting her finger and when that didn’t work in getting her off duty (I gave her a band aid and a rubber glove!!) she tossed down some cheap vodka and promptly got legless!! (Or not...there ...
... returned and off we went to Cotonou and then to Ouidah.
As the sun was setting, we arrived at the coast and the memorial "La porte de non retour", which commemorates the slaves leaving from here. A sombre but necessary reminder of just how humble we ALL should be. We all need a lesson in humility. I set up the tent as the sun set behind the palm, spoke with Mark (our security) and relaxed.
... had paid for us, and that we would see him at 7am to proceed to Grand Popo together. A few seconds after his departure the daily powercut kicked in, and we were left suddenly in the dark, contemplating this un-asked for generosity and wondering how we were going to avoid cycling 65km with a buzzing, fussing motorbike alongside us.
When the morning came, Rob found himself half awake and checked the time on the phone. The alarm had been on vibrate, and had apparently ...
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