Family Arrives in Cotonou

Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Mom wrote:

Today we left Paris by plane after a 2 1/2 hour delay (yes, we waited on the plane).  Our flight to Cotonou was 7 hours long. After dinner, a short nap, two movies and lots of reading we arrived in Cotonou.  We haven't seen Jen in 1 year,  5 months and 17 days (Jen told us this fact as we greeted her at the airport.) and we were very happy to see her hand waving at us through a rather large crowd of people who were waiting for suitcases and customs.  It was great to finally get together for a "group hug".

We met Jen's landlord, his wife and other family members.  They loaded our suitcases into their "air-conditioned" cars and we were off on a very memorable drive on a hot, humid evening through dark streets crowded with cars, taxis and zemis....everyone moving very FAST!!! 

A final right turn took us down another dark, unpaved, ruddy clay dirt street.  Soon we stopped by a locked gate and were led into the landlord's home.  The home was very comfortable, nicely decorated and quite modern.  Jennifer and the landlord's wife entertained us with a late night celebration of local beverages, salad, rice and beef.

The landlord and his wife have been busy adding a new apartment to the upstairs of their home.  We stayed here on our first night in Africa.  Amazing, we have spacious bedrooms, private bathrooms, a living room/dining room area and windows with no screens.   We are exhausted as we finally get to bed very late.  Our plan is to start the "Grand Tour of Benin" early in the morning.
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