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Togo and The Travel Dilemma

Togo and The Travel Dilemma
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, August 3, 2007

C'est l'Afrique

This is a phrase used in Togo, which means,
“This is Africa.”

I prefer to say,
“Welcome to Africa”
I try to say,
“Bienvenue l’Afrique”

Togo

I have been avoiding the computer now for about 24 hours; I have been avoiding thinking about Togo for 24 hours. I cannot find the correct words to explain how I feel about Togo today. Actually, all I am doing is thinking about Togo, there is so much confusion in my head, and I have no way of tossing out a thought without saying something confused.

I have been in class now for 10 years, I have studied the art of travel for 10 years, and I am experiencing a classic travel dilemma.

Definition of the Travel Dilemma defined by me, Andy.

Travel Dilemma:
I believe it necessary to choose from one, two or more unsatisfactory alternatives. None of the options is good; any path I take has problems and the more choices I make, the worst the situation becomes.

Example: The Airport Taxi

I arrive to a new country, I leave the plane, exit customs and I want to take a taxi to my hotel. There is an Airport regulated Taxi stand with a list of prices inside within the arrival zone, I read the prices and it appears the price of a taxi to my hotel is about 30 US Dollars and expensive. Directly in front of me, I can see many Taxi drivers outside the exit, there is a police officer checking bags at the exit, and many taxi drivers are waiting beyond the police officer or the exit. I know if I exit here, the police officer will not allow me to re-enter the arrival zone, I will have made my choice, it will be necessary to take the taxi outside.

The price on the board seems very expensive, however if I leave the Airport the price of a normal taxi may be double. Do I trust the Airport or do I hope the taxis calling me are better priced?

Review the definitions now:

I believe it necessary to choose from one, two or more unsatisfactory alternatives. None of the options is good; any path I take has problems and the more choices I make, the worst the situation becomes.

“I believe”

Did you see this word, or did you just ignore it, or somehow did not notice the words,
“I believe.”

To return to the Taxi example, I am in a line of people, all are making their choices, I feel compelled to agree, I believe I must make a decision, however nothing seems right. Everyone is making a decision except for me, I am the loner, and I need to make a decision.

What is the correct decision?
“To not make a decision.”

I need to wander around in the arrival zone until the answer arrives.

A good guide would know this; a bad guide would just plow ahead into a bad situation and allow the group to pay their way through. This is why people are picked up at the airport, all options are bad, and the only way to protect the person is to pick them up at the airport.

This is test where you can separate a true on-a-budget-traveler from a person who says they are on a budget, but really, they spend any amount of money asked of them.

The true on a budget traveler will not spend the money, therefore his or her choice is made, they do not make a choice until it is acceptable amount of money, and they do not spend money they do not have in their budget.

If I was going to be angry about a guidebook, this is how I would evaluate a guidebook or the guidebook writer. Does the guidebook guide me or does the guide go and hide, then allow me to plow my ship under full steam into the tidal wave.

A good guidebook will guide me on the prices, not just tell me there is a taxi stand, I know there is going to be some taxi, shuttle or something, I want to know the best option for price. I want to be guided, how much to take a taxi from the Lome Airport to the Hotel, how much for a Taxi from the Togo - Ghana border to the Hotel. I can hide here and not answer… and be a normal guidebook writer.
hehehe

Normal Car Taxi from Airport is 2000 CFA and from border is 500 CFA. I could get extremely complicated, but this is a guide, something close to this and you are ok, to do better and you are the guide.

This is Africa means, I am waiting, there are no good answers, everyone in Africa seems to be waiting for a good answer to come, I think they are waiting for God to come.

Travel Dilemma:
I believe it necessary to choose from one, two or more unsatisfactory alternatives. None of the options is good; any path I take has problems and the more choices I make, the worst the situation becomes.

Solution: Wait for the answers to arrive.

Togo and The Travel Dilemma