Mapping a Trip
I think the links below show software and maybe the handheld something to make a map for my website of my trip, I am not sure.
Here is a great frustration for me, and extremely difficult to research from an Internet Cafe here in Cairo at one dollar per hour on someone else's computer, on my own, I can download, bookmark, file and do all sorts of organized moves.
I would like a GPS, or a Global Positioning satellite CELL Phone that I could carry and then download the information and make a map of my trips.
The lady that is driving around Africa in a Land Rover with her husband that has a domain name that is impossible to spell or type told me a little about this, however this is maybe one of them projects you need before you start and a lot of time to figure out.
Her link is on this post.
Fear is a reason many people have all these toys, they are leaving and very afraid they will get lost or not be able to call for help.
Satellite Telephones are big sellers where there is no way to contact people easily, like on the Amazon River, there are travelers that pay thousands of dollars to have a telephone they will only use a couple times in their life. I think Magellan is the big Satellite telephone company.
What is happening is the price is slowly, and very soon getting down to a price I can afford or a price that is not annoying and stupid. Nothing I do is so important that I need to pay one dollar per minute, maybe call my Mother with a capital M on Christmas, also my Father, however I am picking on Mom today.
I see maybe 10 cents a minute as the price that would make sense, or maybe 20 cents U.S.
However what these people do not do is show me the best workable combinations that will work, of course they are not sure it will work in Cairo, only the USA or Germany is normal.
I need the Cell Phone, Computer, Software, GPS device, maybe bluetooth, adapters, batteries, chargers all working together, I need a package that works anywhere on the planet.
Then again, I can go to the beach and keep my life simple.
Some great links:
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Mapping a Trip
Lome, Togo West Africa
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Adjidogome with an apostrophe on the e.
Sur la route de Kpalime
I will leave tomorrow morning by the Peugeot Station wagon method of travel I assume, a collective taxi of sorts and travel to Kpalime, Togo. I am debating about the letter e with the apostrophe on it, it just causes too many problems in web pages and emails to place the accent and spell the word Kpalime correctly.
I will need to test and se how the é shows ups and works, not fun go see a lot of gibberish in pages.
Map of the countries on both sides of Togo, in West Africa.
Yesterday, I spoke with Christine, also called the Footballer, because she like to play Footballer or Soccer. She walks around in semi-of fitted soccer clothes normally and looks to be the Footballer. Ok, she was leaving Lome, and Rene says she was not from then said something that sounded like Gohmay to me or Gomé maybe in French. With a push and shove, I got her to write the city down and she wrote.
Adjidogomé sur la route de Kpalimé
It is best I can tell, on the road or route, on the path to Kpalime, it I maybe 50 mile north of Lome, and somewhere around 500 CFA to travel there by public transportation. I will do my best to find this place. I now leave in about four hours for the place. I expect to take a taxi or moto to the road that leaves for Kpalimé.
I do NOT micromanages the taxi, I do not ask for the Gare or the Stations or anything. I will say,
- Kpalimé -
Or I will write it down and show the Moto or Taxi in Lome, I want to take the highest and best form of transportation to Adjidogomé, not Kpalime, yet is I make an error, I wish to end up in Kpalime.
There is a transportation error made by travelers, they try to tell everyone what to do. The world pretty much can figure out how to take your body to another city. That does not mean, if there is three choice, say Train, Bus, Car, Taxi, Airplane or many choices, they will take you the best, they will take you to what is easy, and big money in that event.
However, Togo, West Africa does not have many choices for public transportation and I have a very small downside in the event of error. I have six hours to find a new hotel that is north of Lome, Togo.
This is my path basically, make me nervous it does not follow along side a river, a village settled would I believe normally settle next to a river, however the water table is easy to find more of the time in West Africa and not a deep hole to dig.
Ok, I will try to go to the village of:
Adjidogomé sur la route de Kpalimé
Christine the Footballer says there is a Hotel there, so I am good to go, and life is ok. IF this does not work, I will get on another bush taxi, or cattle car and move on down the road to Kpalime.
Landmarks on Maps
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Friday, April 6, 2007
Everyday I have been in Kpalime, Togo I have gone to the Prefecture building of Kloto, Kpalime, Togo. I think maybe Kloto is the state, district, province, or tax district. The allotted area of land given to the bosses that be to collect money from their people… Hehehe
What is a Prefecture?
I have not gone at least 20 times and I do not know, I am not sure I care. I do think it is interesting to know, the word in the French language is Feminine in gender.
f prefecture, local government offices; préfecture de police police headquarters plural (2)
Ok, it is somehow the local government office, I somehow knew that in the back of my brain.
The Prefecture is my landmark, it the major, place, location of a building most of the Motos - Motorcycle Taxis know. I am in the Auberge, Mandela the Landmark is the Gomido Bar, but you should only say. Gomido.
For me to go to the Market, but first stop at my Citron or Lemon Juice stand, I walk out of the Mandela, look lost, a Moto beep, I try to find one that does not beep, I am doing Moto civil disobedience. I want them to stop beeping at me, so I try to find the ones that do not beep.
Stand for a second and some Motorcycle stops.
I say one word.
- Prefecture -
Preh Fech Tour
100 to 150 CFA later I am at the office of the Prefecture and I walk down the hill; pay 50 CFA for a cold extra big glass of Lemon Juice, sugar and some water.
I am at the Market, to go home. I say,
- Gomido -
GO Mee Doh
And for 100-150 CFA, I am back home.
I can say Marche or Mar Shay, this is French for Market, but that could mean many things, I want to go the far end of the market, away from the Mandela, and drink Juice, I do not want the walk through the market. I will walk back from the Citron stand, through the market, hunt for vegetable, buy some carrots, and apple etc and go on home by foot,
I live .73 Kilometers from the Market.
This means almost nothing to me.
I live about a 10-minute walk, this is important to know.
I live 100-150 on a motorcycle taxi ride from the Mandela to the Prefecture or from the Prefecture to the Gomido.
What is a landmark, I suppose it is literally the mark on the land, but to be easier to understand:
1. something prominent that identifies location: a prominent structure or geographic feature that identifies a location and serves as a guide to finding it (2)
What is a Prefecture, to the Kpalime people it probably where they go to see government people. Maybe it is the place, where they go and pay the fines, taxes, slide money under the table. It is a concept that has a word to use.
I look for landmarks to travel too and from, not much point with all the rest, the most tiresome thing in life is to constantly study maps with no landmarks.
I live on? what street? I have no idea, in fact, I do not know the name of one street in Kpalime, I have never seen a sign saying the street name. I may live near Fo Nono, whatever that is, or that is what Mawuli tells me, however he intuitively is blind to understanding anything but on and off switches or 0 and 1.
I travel more by landmarks than by maps, but a good map will have the landmarks, the Roughguide Guidebook, map has the Fan Milk and the Texaco Gas Station, thank you. I know someone on that one, had a clue, but maybe they are driving a car… hehehe
Cars need to know gas stations.
Ok, when I walk out of a Hotel, I try to find a landmark, a big something every taxi would know, then I grab a business card, walk away and hope I can return in this lifetime. I can say to the Taxi, take me home James, and say the Gomido here, or I can give a Taxi driver a Hotel Business and hope. Reading, can taxi drivers always read?
The will call the number sometimes now in the new world of cell phone and ask how to get to the hotel if there is anyone at the phone of my Mom and Pop hotel. But, if I know a well-know landmark, I would already be home.
I purchased a map today in a bookstore, it cost me 11 US dollars, this is about 1-3 week pay for many people here in Togo and out of sight expensive. Trop Cher
I am looking for a small village and the guidebook and the Encarta map in the computer is not detailed enough, and hard to show a person on my computer a map, the get too obsessed with the computer to help or stay focused and the guidebook is leading me from tourist place to tourist place where there is not really tourist.
It is interesting and fun to whip out a map and show locals, they will look at it upside down, sideways and after a long time, they will figure out with the help of a many opinions. Yep, that is Kpalime, most have never seen a good map of the country, and often cannot tell me the names of the very close cities. I use the map with a guy or girl wearing glasses.
Landmarks on Maps
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Monday, April 9, 2007
I search in a city for small quirks, habits or the usual and common that when grouped, categorized and realized are Idiosyncrasies of the City you are in.
I have exhausted all my small needs; there are these small needs, wants, and miscellaneous excuses to stay in a city.
I am trying to think, I know the way I travel is close to 80 percent different from the majority of travelers, backpackers or tourist on the planet.
The normal person touring a continent make this checklist as they read the guidebook, I want to see this, I want to see that, and the ones who travel like travel is a business write them all down. The others may underline or mark with a yellow highlighter the important places to visit.
I have never been a good tourist, and will continue to not be a good tourist, I do not like to go and look at tourist attractions. However, I love to look at what is of interest to me. This is where I differ from the other 80 percent, if it is mentioned in the Guidebook, I do consider going and looking, yet being listed in the guidebook is not a reason to go and visit. I try to find what I am would say is interesting and not rely on another person.
I keep thinking and returning to a quote in my mind in the book Timeline by Michael Crichton, which I just read a week ago again.
"If you don't know history, you don't know anything."
EDWARD JOHNSTON, 1990
In the book, these University Archeology students are working in France, digging up, restoring, and a Castle, Monastery, Grain Mill from the year 1347.
Yes, I have discovered my inner thought, the true search here, I knew I was searching for an answer. The book Timeline is about time, it is about a line of time, the continuous flow of time and the changes that occur over time. There are ages, dates, specific actions that happened in time that are on a continuum.
Michael Crichton has this intuitive style of writing that in the book explains the underlying truths or reality, not fantasy.
I could take Kpalime, Togo and if I took the time, I could show from Artifact and may carbon dating the times when the city had it first concrete building, when the German, French or British, and I suppose also possible the Portuguese or Dutch were here. There is a history here, which could be marked on a timeline.
When I enter a city, there are clues to the city to discover. I will explain Kpalime, not the type of writing I prefer to do, because it would take hours for me to properly explain the city of Kpalime and what I observe.
KPALIME - Explained - Short Version, there is no long version.
Kpalime is a smallish city, and has a large central market that dominates the center of the village. The market appears to be in a depression of valley and the road leading in and out of Kpalime will lead down into this valley. In the valley as is normal, the water flows through by a small stream or in this case, closer to being a ditch. As you walk up the hills away from the central parts of the city, there are one both sides of the city Water Tanks.
This photo is a proof of my finding the small quirks of a city.
On the one hill, close, or adjacent to one of the water tanks is a temporary market that forms on Sunday and Tuesday, that seems to be, I am guess more of a wholesale market. This is possibly a market where venders come to from villages say less than one days travel away to sell or buy goods and provisions. There is also a big social element to the market.
The French I believe constructed a few building on the other side of the valley and up the hill from the Cristol Hotel, and turn right. The constructions of the building are different from the ones where the normal residences of Kpalime live.
In the distance from one of the higher points, and may locations in Kpalime you can see the Mount Kloto area or the smaller, yet big enough set of mountains that separate Ghana from Togo. If I wished, I could take a motorbike to public transportation and go easily to the border of Ghana.
There is a very large Catholic Church up near the Bafana Bafana Auberge. I walked by it yesterday, happy the clock is working correctly and tried to find a name on the church. This is a prominent landmark of the city and I believe the locals would know the name and the Taxi drivers would know it.
The city has a few landmarks, I have mentioned before, as all cities are a collection of common landmarks. Such as the Prefecture that is the government building, there is normally somewhere a Hospital and many schools. Then there are large open-air markets in Africa. These listed above are the landmarks of most normal cities in the world, they get bigger or smaller.
The city has others, which will continue to be landmarks providing the city does not have many. There is a Texaco Station, and a Fan Milk store that is a distribution point for the Fan Yogo I love so much. The Texaco Station and the Fan Milk if you notice have non-French names. There is a restaurant that is called the Cafeteria that is close to the Fan Milk and is a central gathering point for people to pay a hundred or two CFA to watch Football on the Satellite Connection, eat, drink and socialize. It I the center of whereby the locals go to meet, see, and be seen.
There seems be many white people there, I would guess it is recommended by the Guidebooks. Normally in a city, what is recommended by the Guidebooks is where the Tourist goes and eats. I for sure am different here, I read the restaurant about 1 in 100 times and then by accident, and maybe notice, yes, I know that restaurant. I eat where I am tempted to eat, because the establishment seems clean and good.
I found at the bottom of the market area, close to the ditch river yesterday a set of maybe 20 - 55 Gallon barrels. On top of the barrels were screen or grills set up and inside must have been charcoal or wood burning. Around this area is the butcher area of the market where beef, chicken and I would thing goat is cut into pieces to be sold to the locals. There is also a very interesting and busy water collection point there. I tend to avoid this area because there is also a set of large speakers where they have the volume too loud for my enjoyment of life and this area is hectic. I think the locals like the constant semi-physical sensation of loud music and chaos, as it is a simple for of mental stimulation that is reactive, not proactive and does not require thinking. I have see no newspapers, the only reading stimulation I see is the Bible and the Koran, and you do see them lying around reading this or being entertained by very large and annoying to me speakers.
I am going to stop with this never-ending explanation of Kpalime, Togo. I could write a book and that is not my intention.
When I arrive in a city, I am studying the city from the moment I enter; I will study the map before I come, if there is a map in the guidebook.
The map has road that come and go from the city starting more or less at the Texaco station and the Fan Milk Landmarks.
The central market is in the valley and the temporary market is on the hill next to the big water tower.
The row of more trendy hotels, not listed in the guidebook but like the Aaron City Motel and the Suisse Something are up by the older colonial building and the military area where they have guards for something.
The central bus or transportation area is on the opposite side of the ditch river and somewhat hidden, it I gut through this area I will return to both the Sunday, Tuesday market and can go the back way to the Auberge Mandela.
This one girl, Cafri, a girl Mike and I were chatting at last night said to Michael in the Mina language.
- This is the Yeh Bow (white man) that walk one day to those streets, then walks another day to that neighborhood, every day he walks a different direction looking at this area.-
I am learning the lay of the land.
She has observed me, she has seen a pattern, and she knows I go on exploratory walks to understand the city.
I am trying to discover all the City Idiosyncrasies. What a confusing definition from the dictionary. I will go for the Encyclopedia and see if there are better words. No luck, the Encyclopedia does not see idiosyncrasies as being of value. Habits, this may be easier to grasp, there are habits or specific quirks of person, or the usual way to doing something. I tend to say, or use the word - Basically - or - Therefore - when I write, I can repeat or be repetitive with these words, and it is a habit of my writing. I have discovered I write in a riddle fashion. This the habits of my writing style.
1. quirk: a way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is peculiar to an individual or group, especially an odd or unusual one
2. unusual response to something: an unusual or exaggerated reaction to a drug or food that is not caused by an allergy
A best I understand and more or less, I am tired of thinking about idiosyncrasies it is what I find in a city or a person.
I find in the city the small quirks, habits or the usual and common that when grouped, categorized and realized are the City Idiosyncrasies.
(I am developing a new writing style, I finally defined what I am thinking about, and so I will take this sentence and put at the beginning. It is the theme of this blog, and I discovered it when it finally arrived, I discovered by writing, how to clarify my thinking and know what I am thinking about in the abstract. It is clear now, so I can put at the beginning.)
I can tell you that most travelers could give a bar tour easy, or where they like to eat, however ask them to describe the water and sanitation and they will say something like,
- What a mess, this city is dirty. -
That is extremely simple and does not say anything, to notice the two water towers, and I am looking for more, the city could maybe have up to five. I need a motorcycle or car to explore this or to live here for a longer time.
I would guess about 90-98 percent of traveler have no clear understanding of their location, yet I do believe they study the map, however do they understand the dynamics of a the city.
- Location -
- Location -
- Location -
The three reasons that determine value of real estate. However, the truth is transportation. This is my annoyance with the guidebooks of West Africa, they have an allowed there modern need to use a car, the main roads, the highway and to live in modern hotels to define West Africa.
The history of West Africa I think can be ignored because it is subtle, the locals wish to hide it, the ditch river in the city is not beautiful, and the collection of water is old fashion, to eat in the market makes a white person nervous. I am told they have AIDS, dysentery, and people in Africa are dying of this and that, this negative overview tends to envelop and cover the beauty of the place.
Somehow, the modern society of Africa people and the world is putting up a smoke screen and stopping me from see normal Africa.
Prior problem dominate today.
I cannot just look at the Slave Trade as a business that flourished and helped Africa to thrive for years. We much put this… IT WAS SO BAD option on this trade, and always analyze in a bad frame, and not a real frame. I read yesterday in the Encarta Encyclopedia how after the ending of slavery, West Africa suffered and had money problems.
African black leaders, traded people for provisions from the Europeans, therefore after the slave traded ended, they had nothing to trade. I tend to think the Germans came and took the trees, paid the workers a salary, and the real value; the trees may have been free, as how do you put value on firewood when everyone collects free.
The history of logging in Africa should be an epic of the history of Africa, as dominating as the slave trade. I think the slave trade change Africa in a small way and I predict in time, the cutting down of trees in Africa was the worst problem. I cannot even say that slavery and logging was a problem. It was a negative reason why the modern world came to Africa, and brought enough money to develop Africa to the present level. Sugar Cane, Cacao, Palms and a few crops are here, I am not seeing anything do well, and the Cacao production is a leader in the world.
Primitive is not fun, Michael in the book Timeline explains. The present day West Africa is often more developed than South America.
What is West Africa good at? Sadly, the most obvious things seem to be a great poster child to raise money for donations from nice people. Who then often say they are working on problems that not in my opinion major problems. They can raise money for drinking water, and they are managing their water very well compared to Asia or South America. I only know a few countries in West Africa.
I would guess South Africa could be in a mess because of too many people in one place. I am not looking forward to the millions in Nigeria.
The learning about a city is to first question, then answer, then learn, then relearn the truth, then in the end, you continue to realize you really do not understand, and there is never ending fodder for curious people. Just when you think you know, you are positive you are not sure.
I Travel North to Adeta Togo
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Friday, April 20, 2007
I will leave the city of Kpalime and probably take a Moto to the city of Adeta, Togo or somewhere close to there, I am guessing it is about 30 Kilometers or about 18 miles.
This is a very short distance; however, I hope it is full of small mountains and a winding jungle cool road. I am going towards the mountains to buy time until it starts to rain, to cool off the Hotel rooms. There is very little Jungle in West Africa like you think of in the moives.
I made a mistake on the map, oops, too late now, I just cannnot see them, my brain does not focus in that method.
This is a map of my route between Cell Phone Cells or Antennas. I have fours maps I am using.
1. Encarta Encyclopedia on the computer.
2. Roughguides.com Guidebook.
3. GsmWorld.com Togocel.tg cell phone map, the one above.
4. Carte Routiere Et Touristique - A paper map, purchased in a bookstore for 5000 CFA.
I would say the Carte Routiere et Touristique is the best, and seems to have the proper size of the city names, to coordinate with the size of the real cities.
Richard Trillo of the Roughguides.com recommended the Michelin Map and I really did not have time to buy in the USA before leaving. I do not know if it was in English or French. I prefer French because it is the language of business here.
My Encarta Encyclopedia is handy, easy to use, however the cities, roads and what is big or small is always suspect. The guidebook tends to keep with the main cities mentioned in the guidebook and guides. I not so fond of tourist, therefore I like to leave the guidebook routes and travel different.
What is really a benefit of this map from Togo or the paper map is all the symbols, the Hippos, the Cacao, the Teak, the various symbols to help me leave the normal tourist routes and wonder around Togo.
I normally do not prepare much to go to a country, I try to snag a guidebook for hotels, but the other information and ideas, I learn or pick up along the way. I sort of call this the sport of travel, if everything is planned and figured out, then where is the sport.
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Travel North to Adeta Togo
Map to Danyi Apeyeme Togo
Danyi Apeyeme, Togo West Africa
Sunday, April 22, 2007
This is a map from Kpalime or from Atakpame, and I guess from Ghana to Danyi Apeyeme, Togo.
The place has electricity, a small village, a couple of rivers, a lot of Christian Churches of various brands, and at least one Mosque.
The GPRS cell phone connection works here, there is a Catholic Mission down the road, and it looks very fancy, I guess you can sleep there, but too far for walking. I do no know if the GPRS works there.
There is one, what looks to be closed Auberge on the way to Adeta from here, I think just outside the city, maybe open.
To come here, you go to Adeta and turn East, and hope you go the right directions, but you can ask. Moto from Adeta to here is supposed to be 1000 CFA, from Kpalime, about 2500-3000 CFA.
Nice little typical type village and friendly, cooler and a lot less aggressive than the down in the flatland city of Koti, Togo.
07 degrees 12.203 North
000 degrees 41.452 East
795 Meters of altitude above sea level
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Map to Danyi Apeyeme Togo
Map to Amlame Togo
Amlame, Togo West Africa
Monday, April 23, 2007
I left my Danyi Apeyeme, Togo Homestay for a strange reason, Chris has been writing me about my battery project, I want to get to Atakpame to play with the motorcyle batteries. I may have some toys sent from the USA, I need to find a Peace Corps person to find out how to have things sent, I am sure they know about care packages from home… I can always return, but also more quiet than I need with no books to read.
I came down the hill from the Danyi Plateau of something like that, and entered the village of Adeta. I am thinking all the cities started with Danyi; therefore, I just left the city of Apeyeme, Togo, maybe it still on the map as Danyi Apeyeme, Togo.
The taxi drivers are a pain, I asked him the price, he said 1500 and I thought, Ok, the Issa boy at the Chinois Pharmacy said the price was 1000, I knew I was going to be hard pressed for 1000, and so 1500 was ok. I said yes to the price, and the whole way down the driver kept whining about 2500 or something and 2000, I started saying 1000. I now know, I should have negotiated and complained, tried to get him to take 1000 so he would be happy with 1500. The longer I am on a ride, the more they think to themselves, this is a white guy, I could have gotten more.
I got off the bike in Adeta, held out 2000 CFA and did not give it to him until he gave me the change, all went well.
I was going to stay a night in Adeta, but thought to myself, what is the point in staying in a boom boom Chambre de Passage, nothing interesting although the girls of Adeta appeared better quality than the mountain.
I thought, I would go to Amou Oblo of the village where the Issa man or boy lives with his wife. There was a group of motos; this is always a problem in many ways. I sort of thought, it looked like rain, so I would go and look at the car. This man, as best I can tell claimed me, so he assume I am his, and for sure, I have learned not to get into a car. I opted for a bike, one has said 3500 and I ignored that driver. One said, 2000 so I said, yes, gave him my front bag and got on the back. They proceeded to ride their motorcycles in front of use, and five guys grabbed my bag. The driver was overwhelmed; I finally got of the bad, grabbed the bag and cleared out the five boys from the bag. The whole areas starts to laugh, I was not playing games.
I cannot get them to calm down, so I started walking, it become tiresome to walk and argue with me, and all but two give up shortly following, and the one is my driver I chose. I kept walking, the want to fight and argue, but to work is not what they want to do, so I walked less than 50 meters and was ready to jump on the bike. Finally, I threw the bike, to the drive and said,
- Partir -
He takes off and they all start to holler, and one starts to give chase. The driver starts to slow, I start to pinch him and grab him, in and effort to say, you stop, I will whop you side the head, he takes off again.
There is this African cultural thing, which somehow the people believe they need to listen to a person holler.
After that the life was great, the ride was fast, cool, and on the left side was some taller cliffs and very pleasant. I get to Amou Oblo, a nice city with a river by the name of Amou and try to find an Auberge. I do not want to leave; however, I am not in the mood for room hunting in homes.
Amlame is big, in big letters on the map, and only 500 CFA more, I am from Adeta to Amlame for 2500 CFA, and probably 1000 more than the going rate.
It is not big, seem long, but there is two hotels, one says, Auberge and that normally means cheaper. I find a room, needs a mosquitoe net, all the rooms have nails for mosquito nets, hard to imagine. The toilet and shower are shared, only with a girl though, and she is ok, the Petit Soeur of the owner, or smaller sister.
She likes to walk around with just the beads on around her waist, so I am not complaining. She says she is 19, looks like 30 and I can see the whole thing, I do not know why they always lie, and they want to young so we will marry them, but 19 is too young in my country.
She asked me already for a Portable, he brother says he will give me a Cadeau if I take here with me. Non.
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Togo Hippopotamus Hippopotame
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
There is another small Hippo Icon on my map, directly to the right or East of the city of Atakpame, Togo. I want to find a Hippo. However, I also want to enjoy my life and not cook my brains from heat. It is really not that hot here, the rooms are designed for electricity and when there is no electricity, then too hot, because a person is using a room that is badly designed for the wrong purpose. I suppose I must look for hotels that have a group, or generator and pay for the petrol, and push them to use it.
I am thinking, I need to sleep outside, camping is maybe better.
Ok, I think I will go West towards Badou or towards Ghana, stay cool up in the mountains, then return to Atakpame after the rains start, I hope by then, I know more about Hippos in Togo.
Map of possible routes or trips from Atakpame to the small village of Atchinedji, Togo and pronounced Aht Chee Nay Djee.
These expeditions of frustration are both great, and mind baffling confusing. I decided to ask some questions of the two girls who work in the l’Amities Auberge about how to pronounced both the city of Atchinedji and the word Hippopotame in French, I also asked if they had a word for Hippo in the Akposso language, we have changed from Mina to Akposso now. The way they say to go it to go north towards Sokode, then come south, I think they have no idea. I need to travel to the road junctions, then ask some motos what is up and how to go.
I need to check on the name of the local language, I may be off stream.
There is a couple of web pages from some save the something web sites that talk about Hippos being in the Mono River, yet I cannot find anything specific as far a cities and clarity, just a lot of accusations.
I am always in wonder at the pure lack of specific facts, when, where, dates, times, who, in these save the planet sites. I truly suspect these information blurbs when they do not say or tell a person how to go and collaborate.
I am hoping to clarify sleeping and transportation before I go there, it looks like I need a home stay to have adequate time to see the Hippos, if they are even there.
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The Cell Phone and GPS Marry
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, May 25, 2007
My friend Steve, a GSM, Satellite, knows too much about a cell phone, satellites, communications sent me this link:
Hmm, another way for me to feel old and not trendy….
They have kissed, soon they will marry and live happily ever after as one. The love of the Cell phone and the of the GPS or Global Positioning System is soon going to be consummated. I think in less than three years, the will have many babies.
What do you call this, a tryst?
Ménage à trios (Menage a trois), note, I am in a French speaking country…
I forgot what about the Palm Computer, it will also in this marriage, and this is polygamy and maybe some trans-gender something.
CELL PHONE - Mobile Phone
The telephone everyone is carrying and walking around with on the planet, in Germany they call it a Handy, in many countries a Mobile, in the French of Africa a Portable. It has no wires and is called a cell, because the antennae around the signal looks like a cell, and you must be in a cell to use.
GPS: Global Positioning Satellite
--- Oops, I think Global Positioning System is correct, a Wikipedia.org discovery
---- A handheld toy that allows a satellite to tell your Latitude and Longitude or the coordinates on the planet. I am saying toy, because this is not easy to use, takes time to resolve the coordinated, does not work well around tall building or in canyons or caves. Mine eats batteries so fast; I must feed it a set every hour.
PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT
This is baby computer, a small hand held device, or palm computer that you can store addresses and use like a computer, it often can recognize handwriting. The are quickly becoming as powerful as full-size computers.
The also couple with the maps of many internet sites.
All of these toys are marrying, they are having a tryst or love affair. This is not so secret, but maybe I am calling it a Menage a trios, as they are all doing this now for sport or fun, some close to semi-crazy need to be the first, to enjoy the cut of being on the edge. I am sure many are getting a sticker shock burn in the stores as they see the prices of a cell phone with GPS inside.
On the other hand, maybe to just brag, look at my new toy.
I remember paying 1300 US for a PDA or palm computer, a Newton by Apple, then later losing all the addresses in the thing because it was not married correctly with my computer. I used it for business and made money because I had it, a good business tool.
A friend said,
- Thanks for paying for new technology, so I can have it cheap in the future. -
So thanks to anyone today using these new toys, and internet sites, the new Beta tester of hard to use, difficult to learn, incredibly expensive stuff that will be commonplace in a few years.
I am waiting; I know my cell phone is going to call…
- Andy, we have detected a GPS marker here in Togo, you are now within 50 meters of the Bronco Beach Bar, a good place to sit, with a cool breeze and eat Beef brochette for 100 CFA. -
100 CFA is about 20 Cents US.
I just told my friend, I should take the GPS coordinates of this bar, so I can tell others in the future. However, I know in the future, my cell phone will detect the satellite, and it will call me.
Thanks for the future of the future.
I would love to allow readers to know my daily position on a map, however as of today, I cannot be bothered to devote the time needed to play. When it become a common place tool, I will jump in. The learning curve here is still Mount Everest, I am waiting for the Mount Ago or the 900 Meter hill of Togo go arrive.
1) I'm in the souks about 1 km from the hotel. Where are you?
2) In the Everglades, where am I and how do I get back to the sea?
3) Provides exact latitude and longitude to any location within 10 meters.
4) Keeping track of the kids
5) In the car, I just put in the address of the store I am looking for and follow the map on the phone. It uses google maps, yahoo maps, msn maps, ask.com maps and provides both road diagram, Arial photo or combination.
And… also said:
Here is an image of the page you would have seen at http://www.gmap-track.com/public.php
Mobile GMaps is a new free application that can be downloaded to GSM or CDMA cellphones that gives the location of a phone whenever the phone user wishes. See a map with those users who currently permit their location to be shown publicly at
and zoom to their location within 10 meters. The time of the last reading is also shown. Those readings older that several minutes means the application in the phone has been turned off.
The application can be downloaded by the phone at http://wap.mgmaps.com How-to info can be found at http://www.mgmaps.com/help.php Forums are at http://forum.mgmaps.com/viewforum.php
The Cell Phone and GPS Marry
Tearing up a Map
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, July 27, 2007
This is a save for a rainy day photos….
I paid 11 US Dollars or 5400 CFA for this map of Togo. It is not 90 percent trash, and 10 percent ok to use.
I have torn the map up into four sections; I am tearing up the map. Why, because I wanted to preserve sections of the country I have not visited. Every time I open the map, fold the map, stuff the map into my backpack, I slowly destroy the map. In an effort to save the portions for future use, I decided I need to tear it into pieces.
Now, I thought, I should have done this day one. I am going to tear my map up before I destroy them and not after. I can store the good portions of the map until I need them.
The daily usage of a map destroys a map, by cutting into separate sections I think I can elongate the time of a map.
Note, any person traveling for two weeks does not have to worry. I like my digital on the computer maps, but they are next to worthless when I am in the middle of the road and lost, I need paper. One good option is to print out copies of sections of a country and carry.
Tear it up before you destroy it. This map cost one third the price of my guidebook, this is a travel budget expense, the guidebook has maps also, and the reason to buy a guidebook.
Tearing up a Map
The World Compared to What
Lome, Togo West Africa
Sunday, July 29, 2007
The Peters Map and The Mercator Map
FIVE STAR look at this...
Our maps are deceptive, they do not allow us to compare correctly.
I need a map…
I now need the People Size Map.
If you had a conversation in person with me, I would say comments like,
- Why is everyone listening to a dinky country like France it only has 60 million people. -
- Holland or the Netherlands is amazing; they really make a big noise for 16 million people. -
Eric has clarified the mystery in my brain, and a reason I got hate mail about 7 years ago. I was in Europe and I commented that Europe was dinky, about the size of the Eastern half of the USA. Some European person, they have this myth, which is false, they believe Europeans know Geography better than American, just not true. Both are equally ignorant, however the man wrote a hate mail to me tell me how stupid I was, and I continue to try to measure distances across Europe and the USA.
Erics comments explaining map problems.
This link is EXCELLENT, I just cannot copy the maps because they are copyrighted differently.
NOT a good perception! This is our traditional map, and takes a ROUND world and put into a box, making adjustments that helps sailboats and planes and navigation.
This is a true size map, as I understand this, sort of in a hurry as I am riding the motorcycle from Lome to Kpalime, Togo today.
Whatever the case, you can see the sizes when shown compared to what correctly show the world in a different way.
Ironically, I was having a conversation yesterday about Togo, and was commenting that the many Volunteer Agencies are very naïve.
I hear comments from Volunteers, and I think,
- You are F -king nuts. -
I do not think, they could be wrong, I think 99 percent they are wrong, but to give notice to myself, it is hard to want to jump up and down when there is still the 1 percent chance they are right and I am wrong.
The world is a comparison, compared to what? Togo compared to the USA is poor, compared to Bolivia it is rich.
The roads in West Africa are excellent, I mean these roads are great, when I hear comments about the roads of West Africa I do come un-glued. There is a road from the bottom of Togo to the top of Togo that is outstanding, and then Benin has the same. Ghana has people in the way… hehehe
However, compare to what, compared to the USA, the road sucks. However, the roads in Europe are horrible compared to the USA. The USA is small, compared to the world because the road system is great.
I need a map of people. The people make cities, the cities get in the way of a bus, they slow the bus down and it takes longer to travel.
I keep trying to figure out a map of the planet according to travel time in a bus, this is the real map a traveler needs. If they have a helicopter they can ignore the bus, the trains are jokes, just some anal, I want to be European Colonial way of thinking that prevails, the world does not have trains, I will admit England did a great job for India and that country should be kissing the Butt of England and saying thank you forever for those trains. Nevertheless, Africa does not have Trains, South America and Central America does not have trains. Asia has trains, but the Buse are winning.
The bottom line, a bus is the way the world travels; you want to judge true what the size of the planet is then figure out how long to travel from coast to coast with a bus, this is the size of the country. If you want to know what a pothole looks like, then figure out the number of people. The travel pothole are the cities, the cities get in the way of transportation. This is Europe, every small city is in the way, nothing is just simple, and you need a train to get through the mess of people.
To quote a very astute observation of a fellow traveler,
- Buses enter places from the front door, while trains come in through the back.-
A good read, he is trapped in the USA, earning money to hit the road and leave the West behind.
The World Compared to What
To touch the planets surface, get into a bus, to know the people enter the front door, not the back door. The world is best measured by taking a bus from coast to coast.
I was speculating, the Volunteers in Africa make could get their heads of their A … ss faster, if they took the bus, car, truck on an overland trip from Europe to their Volunteer country. They need to learn about what they want to fix, before, not after the fact.
What they do now is they Volunteer, knowing nothing, and then after they are done, the go travel around Africa. After they think they fixed something they know nothing about. Better to go travel around before, so when they tell me about Togo, I do not want to say,
- Compared to what country? -
Thanks Eric, the world is making more sense today.
You want to fix the planet, I want to know the 20 plus countries you know, and Europe does not count, if you want to fix a poor country, I want to know the 20 similar countries you have visited. If you want to tell me about Geography, I want you to tell me where Indiana is, in the USA first, then I may listen. It is bigger than the Netherlands.
It is starting to rain, another travelers transportation pothole.
The World Compared to What