Togo Mud Hole Season
Togo Mud Hole Season
Lome, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I was commenting to the owner of my home stay room yesterday that the electricity is still a huge problem in Lome. When I asked about the electricity, the long explanation is there is not enough water in the dams to make hydroelectric power. I said to the owner,
- It is raining every day and there is still no electricity.
- The problem is not water, the problem is money. -
The electricity is off about 8-10 hours of the day, and very random, no way to know when you will or will not have electricity. Therefore, if a business needs electricity the must buy a generator, or live random.
July 18, 2007
As of today, I would say the weather in Togo has been nice for about the last two weeks. We are having afternoon showers, and then stops and maybe the showers start at midnight and stop in the early morning. I can actually sleep well without a fan.
I have thought about the problems with this word for years now.
I am hoping now is the rainy season, I have read there are two rainy seasons in Togo and I keep hoping the rains would start. In many countries, they call the summer, winter and the winter summer. The tropical worlds callsthe rainy season the winter. I am in the northern hemisphere so right now it is summer in the USA and it is summer in Togo however, this is not true. It is winter in Togo or more correctly, the season of cooler weather is now, it is winter.
I want monsoons.
I want the rainy season.
I want there to be water in the dam.
Togo Rainy season
- The south has two rainy seasons, from March to July and from October to November. -
The Encyclopedia Encarta says July is the end of one of the rainy season in Togo.
This is confusing. The bottom line is the rainy season normally is no longer a problem in tropical climates. There is a small shower in the afternoon and it may rain most of the night. The rain is good, it makes it cooler.
I think before the world put in asphalt roads the rainy season was horrible. There is a great road from here to about anywhere in West Africa, and I think for about 98 percent of the travelers they seldom travel off the paved road. I purchased the motorcycle so I can be the 1 in 50 who leaves the pavement. I can push a motorcycle around a mud hole.
I think now or I hope soon is the season of the,
- MUD HOLE -
I want to see mud holes when a person thinks of rainy season they should think of mud holes. The problem with a rainy season is not miserable rain all day, the problem is mud holes. This page from the Philippines has some great mud holes.http://www.hobotraveler.com/2005/12/philippino-power.html
The stories of West Africa as best I can tell are greatly exaggerated. The four-wheel drive is seldom needed and most people drive around in station wagons or Mercedes Benz. I have only seen two vehicles with winches on the front of the truck, when the roads are bad all the truck or car have winches. Togo has Mercedes Benz and station wagons. I would guess about 99 percent of travelers of tourist could drive across West Africa in the family car.
They would have troubles and get stuck about 2-4 times in a six-month cross-countries trip and would get some boys to push them out. Moreover, if they purchased a large four-wheel drive they would do the same, they would get stuck about 2-4 time and they would get some boys to push them out.
There is a lag in time, the stories beign told today about Africa are stories told by people that traveled here 20-30 years ago, the guidebooks and stories are written about a West Africa that is history often and not reality.
I love to hear the stories, here are three stories still told constantly that now or just old history and for the most part crap, but some fun stories nonetheless.
1. Cameras stealing the people souls
2. The Condom on the Banana story.
3. The Rainy Seasons story.
Yes, if a person goes and searches, they can find the story. Yes, I was delayed for one-two days in the Philippines because of the rainy season of something. However, the truth is 30 years ago people were bogged down for weeks or months in areas and waited for the rains to pass so food and supplies could make the trip. The rainy season for the most part is now just inconvenient, not a hazard. For me, I want the rainy season to come to cool off the countries.
There is a time lag in stories; I know what I experience in Mexico 10 year ago in not the Mexico of today. Therefore, when I speak of Mexico, I should think that was 10 years ago.
The vision and stereotypes of the world of West Africa is some view of West Africa from 30-50 years ago, that was history, which is not today.
I am thinking that the best time to come to West Africa is during or just after the rainy season. I am not sure, weather is not a reason I use to plan a trip, I go when I want to go, however in the hope of having more electrify and the hope of cooler weather the rain season now seems the best time to travel.
One big problem and it does happen often is this, the tourist and travelers get drunk all night, they sleep until 10 am, wake up and take off, then it start to rain about noon or in the early afternoon. They get caught in the rain because they just are too lazy to get up and travel in the morning like the Togo people.
I do not want to think about the silly people who refuse to buy an umbrella. The season of the rainy season should be the season of the mud hole. If you are hearing stories of mud holes then maybe there are some problems, or a two-day delay and needs factored into your plans, you may have to wait two days to get around the mud hole. However, all in all a good mud hole story can be one the biggest adventure stories of your life, so look forward to a good mud hole story, it is the adventure story, and sometimes as good as it gets.
I really wish it was possible to get eaten by Lions here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MonsoonTogo Mud Hole Season
This post really makes me start to think about countries, and how fast change is occurring. A place thats changing at a quick rate will make information obsolete much sooner than in places where the culture, environment, infrastructure, etc. is more static.
It also makes me wonder how much travel information or travel perceptions are outdated in other places besides west Africa.
I'm real interested to hear your take on the places you've revisited and found a considerable amount of change for the time elapsed. What parts of the world you feel are more prone to misinformation?
Andy - Is it difficult to find an internet connection? I guess not, as I have just read your post, yet I am surprised! Should I be? :-)
How long are you going to stay in your present location - do you know where you are going to explore next?
The world is changing extremely fast. A great beach tourist location is normally terrible by the time it reaches a travel agent.
The problem here with Electricity is probably because the demand for electricity has grown fsster than they can supply. The number of lights, cell phone, TVs being sold is faster than the governments can add the power plants.
Where is prone, for sure the tourist areas. However, the evolution of the primitive countries is at an ever increasing speed. The USA was someewhat gradual, the electricity was invented and immediately they started to invent appliances.
Here, the appliances existed for years and one day the village has electricity. Everyone knows what they wanted to buy and goes and buys it.
NGOs almost always promote mis-information.
The whole world seems to have cell phones, telephone calls are easy to make. Internet is everywhere, the ATM machine is in all the major cities.
Internet is easy to find in the cities of West Africa, the demand to use is so high, it is too slow as connections can be shared by 50 people.
I am in Lome, Togo, I am traveling around in a spider method. I will go to Accra, Ghana soon to look for a place to make a Hostel. I have found a couple here in Lome.