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Travel Blogs from Grand Bassam
... at Haymarket. (A monument stands in Chicago today on the site of the Haymarket massacre as it’s also called.) In any event May 1st is widely observed in the world and I found, pretty well observed in Côte d’Ivoire. The city center was quiet, with most shops closed.
Paul and Séussié arrived with a car at 07:45; early due to the lack of traffic! We drove out to La Mé, stopping at a little grocery store so I could buy ...
... it is
back to the camp for the night. At least the girls and women are
getting a better deal here in the Ivory Coast, they have women
mechanics and the technical directors second in command is also a
Back at Mercedes, Mike has to remove
the water tank as they cannot do it ( admittedly it is not a Mercedes
fitting). That caused problems because they wanted to help but had ...
... border between Ghana and Ivory Coast) at 9:30pm after a frightening three hours of a dark uneasy ride. Then, we were told even more interesting news that the drivers at the bus terminus in Takoradi conveniently forgot to tell us. The border closes at 6:30pm and reopens at 6:30am for security reasons. So we were stuck in pitch darkness in a border town that spoke no English except for heavily accentuated French and the local dialect. At this point, the ...
... walk 3km to a pygmy hippo trap through the dense forest undergrowth and get caught in a massive rainstorm that drenches you to the bone within seconds and creates an incredible symphony of jungle sounds accented with the reverberations of raindrops saturating the earth as they slide off the bright green vegetation onto the ground? Where else can you see literally hundreds of different butterflies and dragonflies soaring through the air, iridescent greens, blues ...
... control department at the Flag (local brand of beer) Factory must have been on vacation recently as several of the bottles were labelled upside down.
At one point during dinner Suzanne (one of the women from RKI) asked me how I had managed to organize a PhD studying hippos in the rain forests of West Africa. I told her that I had always loved hippos since I was a small child and that this was the culmination of my career. Her response (in German) ...