West Africa

West Africa
July 26, 2006 Thursday

I am leaving India and entering West Africa, there is no clear paths of entry, all is hazy. I had some major confusions leaving Delhi as I purchased a plane ticket with Spicejet.com for the wrong day. I slept in the Mumbai, Airport and woke to get on the Emirates flight,, the man informs me, you ticket is for the next day.

Call Audible
This is in American football, when the Quarterback decides at the line of scrimmage to change the plans of attack. I suppose and hope, dream, I could explain how to do this, however in the end I think about a movie called,
- Shakespeare in Love -
Or something like that, in the movie, they ask how it works, and the organizer of the play says,
- I do not know, it just works. -

This is the essential advice I could say, it is not important you know how it will work, just know that it will work out. In the worst case you get killed, in the second worst case you get robbed and have to go home, in the third it takes forever to travel where you want to go and you give up.

However, the normal and about 99 percent of the time you pay a lot more than you expect and make the trip. Most people Euro their way through, I would say dollars, but in then end, the normal person traveling is from Europe and they Euro their way through. Most of the truly adventurous person though are from USA, Germany and France, and a few from England when they can stop drinking. I would love to just say England, however the drinking is dominating their culture, time to grow up and get a grip.

Mumbai Airport
I am in the airport, talking with a Prince from the Country of Niger, that is explaining how India is very primitive and Nigeria is just lie the USA. The great part is his explanation of why they Kidnap people in Nigeria. The big oil gives millions of dollars of compensation to the government, that is then to be given to the people. The government puts in their pocket and cheats the people, they kidnap the oil worker, the government of the oil worker says, give the money to the people or else, they do this, and the people are freed.

He kept saying,
- Australia gave my government ONE HOUR -
- One hour and he money was released. -
I have his name, address and whatnot in Lagos, Nigeria and possible I stop in an visit his Cocoa and Cashew Plantation.

What to do, I have to change my ticket at the line of scrimmage. I beg mercy, cower, truly do feel worried, do not want to sleep in Mumbai under any condition, sleeping in the airport sounds better. I am up to my last hair on my head with India culture. The lady can get me on the plane to Dubai, but says she has priority standby for me in Dubai to Abidjan or Accra. I for sure think sleeping in the up and coming modern super rich buy anything and anybody city of Dubai sounds better than sleeping in Mumbai.

I arrive in Dubai Airport, all is great, clean, and find the transfer desk, first one below, the one up top, going though multiple security checks. Another good story in this, but next post.

I get put on Standby for the plane, the Standby priority as set up in Mumbai does not exist, however I knew that because I know the India culture, say anything plausible or stupid, but see if it flies comments. I made the decision to fly to Dubai because it was cleaner than India, not because I thought I had a onward ticket. I knew I had the onward ticket for the 27 of July, I was arriving on the 26 of July, 2006.
I arrived in Abdijan, Ivory Coast after about 30 hours of travel, it all worked out, I do not know why, but it always does.

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