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Kpalime Atakpame Togo Map

Kpalime Atakpame Togo Map
Kpalime Togo West Africa

I can go left, I can go right, I can both, I will nomadically wonder from place to place with a semi-tentative plan of regrouping in Atakpalme.

I am thinking of first going towards the Ghana Border to find a border hotel. Plus, I like the frontiers or border cities, I like to watch culture clashes. I truly believe any self-respecting guide should have or show a hotel on both sides of a border for safety. When a person gets into a five day haggle over their insurance on a car, motorcycle, when a person bounces off a border for Visa problems, they need to decompress and get a room, life is dangerous when you are being angry.

There are strategic rooms needed in cities, with no big tourist attractions. The borders and near bus stops, are a good start as strategic hotels not tourist hotels.

Michael stopped over and told me these words while I was typing.
- Chambre Passager -

There is a hierarchy of cost here on hotels.
Hotel is expensive
Auberge is below.
Chambre Passager is below and I suspect spelled wrong.

Often everyone say or quotes, that it is not the destination that is important, then take off like a bat out of hell for the next destination, never slowing down until they arrive.

Nomad what does is mean, wonder what does it mean. I take this Hobo Vagabond, wonder the planet nomad like personal.

Kpalime Atakpame Togo Map

Map to Tsevie Togo

Map to Tsevie Togo
Lome, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Maybe a map to Hippos.

I am north of the city of Lome, still in the city, but will move north toward Kpalime, or Atakpame. I am in a debate, I have already traveled the road to Kpalime, however I am trying to figure out my energy, where does my energy wish to push me.

If I go to Tsevie, then I can move over toward the Benin Border and there is this Hippo Icon on my map, maybe I can find a Hippo near a city called Tabligbo. The problem is some form of Travelers idea of never following the same path, in a way, it would be good north to Kpalime, skip on past Kpalime, and cruise around the cooler mountain areas, go further north than come down the center of the country and exit over to Benin, I just do not know how I wish to enter Benin. I cannot figure out a good round-trip path, that would allow me not to travel the same roads again.

I need both a Nigeria and a Benin Visa, however I guess I can get the Benin temporary visa at the border, then get the longer visa in Cotonou or Natitingou in the north of Benin. I really do not want to make the trip again from Lome to Cotonou, there was nothing I remember along the way, that fascinated me, or draws me back, I would be fine to avoid Cotonou, Benin.

It is this stupid Nigeria Visa that is causing the problem, I need or feel I should be closer to the time of entering Nigeria before I try to attain this Visa, it just does not seem wise to get it too early. The country of Nigeria requires I get a Visa in my home country of the USA, and because of that, nothing is guaranteed, I will need to work harder to talk them into giving me a visa.

Ok, I will go to Tsevie tomorrow and see what is up, it shows on the Cell Phone map of Togo that Tsevie is in the center of a cell, so I can still use the internet, I hope.

Note: I am Tsevie, I paid 1000 CFA for a moto to the city.

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Map to Tsevie Togo

I Travel North to Adeta Togo

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

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

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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Map to Amlame Togo

Togo Hippopotamus Hippopotame

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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Togo Hippopotamus Hippopotame

I Travel to Agbo Kope Togo

I Travel to Agbo Kope Togo
Badou, Togo West Africa
Saturday, May 5, 2007

I think tomorrow I go off the cell phone internet grid for a couple of days. I am going to leave Badou, and go East towards Atakpame to the village of Zoubega Ouga with a Moto, I think the cost is 700 CFA or about 1.50 U.S. Dollars. When I get to Zoubega, I will turn right, or South, from there I am guessing, the moto should or will cost about 1500 CFA, but who knows until I enter the fray.

There is supposed to be Auberge or Passage de Chambre called Chez Momo there, all information is dodgy, and assuming. I will do this by Moto or Motorcycle Taxi. It will be easy to travel to Zoubega, then going South I hope to keep the driver going slow enough to enjoy the trip and travel slow in the ruts.

No price, everyone assume I have a car or bike, just says the road is ok, and paints a pretty picture, I wish life was a lovely as a picture.

I wonder what the elevation is and do they have electricity. I can see that most cities here about 250-300 Meter high, this is not cooking hot by any means, but the rain helps. It is raining a little more, but not really enough to lose the fan.

Everything is Great, I am FINE:

There - STOP- THREE men came to the door, and started SCREAMING at me, I am now in Atakpame, Togo, plans changed again, oops.

Everything is Great, I am FINE:

There - STOP- THREE men came to the door, and started SCREAMING at me, I am now in Atakpame, Togo, plans changed again, oops.

Everything is Great, I am fine and safe in a new location.

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I Travel to Agbo Kope Togo

Lome to Malabo Flight

Lome to Malabo Flight
Lome Togo West Africa
Saturday, May 26, 2007

Someday, I will make this trip, as of yesterday, it is again delayed, who knows when I will go this way…

I can fly from Lome, Togo to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea one way for about 125,000 CFA, this is about 250 US Dollars. Africa is a pain in the butt, the routes are not clean, mis-representation is rampant, and every person acts as though the trip is extremely dangerous.

People drive in countries where it is safe to drive, 95 percent of tourist in West Africa drive a car or motorcycle and many bike trips. It now is the only continent of the developing planet, the 80 percent majority of the planet where I am thinking about buying a motorcycle. It is like Europe, you need a van or motorcycle in Europe to avoid the tourist traps, here, you need one to drive to the great places where they have not eaten the animals of cut and burned the trees for firewood, plus avoid the aggressive taxi driver fights.

It is semi-amazing, I have now been in West Africa for about five months of my life, I have not sat in any major city in Africa and had tour companies offer to sell me tours of something in West Africa. I was remarking to my German friend, if a person here in Lome would put me in an Air Conditioned car and take me to see Hippos, I think I would pay between 100 and 300 US dollars to avoid the pain. In contrast, I think I will buy a motorcycle for 600 and just go myself.

Nigeria what a bad reputation this country has, it is the stone in the middle of the river of Africa. I am not so much afraid or worried about safety in Nigeria, I just do not like to listen to the continually scam offered, it is like listening to a use car salesman 24 hours per day, that you know 100 percent is selling a lie and junk.

Note, I have given up on miles, it is just ridiculous to talk in mile when only about 300 Million people do so…

Map of Route I will try to take, when I get around to it.

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Lome to Malabo Flight

Atakpame to Kara Togo

Atakpame to Kara Togo
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Saturday, July 7, 2007

I am going to Kara, Togo tomorrow, I will leave Atakpame, Togo very early, just as the sun rises, I believe this time is best time to catch public transportation in West Africa.

I was asked a reasonable question yesterday while chatting on yahoo messenger with a friend,
- What are you going to see there? -

I thought to myself,
- What a stupid questions. -

Then I realized, this is not a stupid question, this is a normal question, I am the one who is being little stupid. An empathy lapse, as I am a traveler, I cannot for the life of me figure a good reason to go anywhere anymore, other than I go, just seems like the right thing to do, not sure why though. Therefore why would I be crazy to waste my time thinking about why I am going.

I could not walk by an open door with out taking a peek inside, a long time ago in Antigua, Guatemala a girl from France, said,
- We travel until we know why we travel. -

I still do not know why I travel, I can give you thousands of reasons to travel and why not to travel, but to just say,
- I travel because of this reason…. X, that is a difficult question. -

Closest answer I can say is,
- I have nothing better to do. -

I have smelled a fight, boxing they say in French, however the word is lutte or wrestling, I was told for a week or something called Evala will occur. I do not want to spoil the boxing so I will stop thinking and get a real first impression and not a I-expected-to-see this impression, nothing like ruining a first impresion than to run it through a filter of guidebooks, website and gossip. I think the best tourist attractions are those you stumble upon by accident.

A good reason to go for long walks.

Atakpame to Kara Togo

The World Compared to What

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

Is Togo to Senegal by the Coast Possible

Is Togo to Senegal by the Coast Possible
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, August 10, 2007

I have a proposed new route to travel. I am up to my ears in frustration here in Togo, time to do what I am good at; I am good at leaving…

I study the map between here in Senegal, I do not see a coastal road for Sierra Leone and Liberia.

2650 Kilometers as a Jet Flies, and would be simpler.

Is Togo to Senegal by the Coast Possible

Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso,

Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso,
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I traveled from Po to Ouaga, stayed on night, then traveled for five hours to Bobo, Burkina Faso or he complete name Bobo Dioulasso. I am now in the land of plenty.

Map of Trip from Bolga, Ghana to Po to Ouaga to Bobo, Burkina Faso.

Description from the Encarta Encyclopedia:
- … trade center for peanuts, sesame seeds, sisal hemp, and livestock; manufactures include cotton yarn, metal products, vegetable oil, soap, lime, and bricks. …

This description seems right on the mark, so far, my guess is this an accurate and correct description.

To describe a country, you need your eyes wide open, and stop reading. I try to read about a country after I know the country, then I can have a laugh, and not try to find what I read, to confirm it.

I just read that description and I have seen obvious in my face examples of three-quarters of this list. South of Ouaga Burkina fast to the Ghana and Cote d Ivoire has to be one of the richest in food areas I have entered in West Africa. It was hard to look out the window and not see a cow, goat, cotton, corn, or some cash crop being grown.

Nice to see after see how Togo, Benin and Ghana wasted their natural resources and then cried foul.

I want to see Sesame Seed growing. And the Encyclopedia should add potatoes and onions to the list above, I ate 2 dollars worth of USA French Fries last night for 20 cents US, or 100 CFA. Next time I will say 50 CFA, as 100 is too much and I had to stop the women from loading up the torn piece of paper, used for a plate.

Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso

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