Transcorp Hilton Abuja
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... took us. We are hitting the rainy season now
so we really need to move, these jobs should only take one day and we
are now in day three. The good news is that we went back to the
Embassy and collected the visa in the afternoon.
The work did finish last night and we
had our visa so off we went. First stop the supermarket, second stop
fuel, third stop smoke from one of the wheels. We had ...
... wireless internet and to crown everything hot showers, AND a washing machine.
It was 7 months since we had seen a washing machine. You can imagine the moment.
His supplies from Germany Jens had coffee, wine, Rivita, jams, Nutella things we had nearly forgotten ever existed. It was a travellers Elysium. Especially on the back of our four days in powerless insect filled bush hut.
Each night Jens entertained ...
... changing facilities - I felt quite refreshed for my first night in *****ia's capital.
As it turned out we just missed the first Oasis truck, who had left only that morning after
having picked up their visas, although we did again bump into the other overland tour truck which
we had not seen since the long ago days of Casablanca. We all seemingly had the same idea - that being to take advantage of the happy hour in the hotel bar (the usual prices being pretty ...
... of the most beautiful magenta blossoms in the sun, until it realised it was in England and went away again. One by one the volunteers arrived and we caught up with what we hadn't chatted about in our constant Facebook conversations over dinner. We also ended up befriending a New Zealander in the common room, and Janaki's mum gave us onion bhajis and homemade salt and sugar peanuts. Nice, no?
The next day we had our Pre-departure Course where we talked about issues we ...
... had I hitchhiked. Plus, we've idled for over two hours before the taxi finally left the border until the vehicle was fully loaded with passengers and that further reduced my chances of making a small tour through Lagos and bumping into my future host. The actual distance to Lagos from the border doesn't go above 130 km but going the first 60 is ABSOLUTE HELL!!! The number of improvised checkpoints every 50 meters and the aggressiveness of the makeshift, money thirst officers, ...