Ivory Coast there are Daily Surprises Good and Bad
One of my goals in life is to wake up surprised and happy everyday, I want to look forward to getting out of bed.
I love this frozen ginger drink, it cost 50 CFA, which is 10 cents US, it is made from raw ginger and is sold in many places in West Africa. Normally, I need to be lucky to buy this drink, when I see a girl walking by, I must purchase, I never know when I will see it again. This may be the perfect drink for me: I was surprised, I now have a steady ginger supply, I discovered a woman near my Hotel sell the drink, and she has never ran out of this wonderful taste sensation.
1. Low in calories, at least I believe it is, I am told she adds sugar, one day I hope to watch her making the drink so I can learn clearly the recipe and procedure.
2. Tart, maybe sour, it makes a sharp rush to the taste buds, this keeps me from devouring ravenously, and it is something you ingest slowly.
3. Frozen, like a Popsicle, there is joy in eating frozen ice, I am not sure why.
4. Liquid, it is hot here, I need to drink liquids and these bags hold just enough to quench my thirst, but not enough to make me break out in a shirt drenching sweat.
5. Cold, because it is cold, I feel cooler after eating, it is frozen; truly, this is a combination of eating and drinking.
Ivory Coast, West Africa --- Saturday, February 26, 2011
Unexpected Knowledge Maybe a Surprise
West Africa often feels normal; there are times when things feel out of place, I feel like I am on the moon. For example, Bah my Cote d’Ivoire girlfriend refuses to close the bathroom door, she becomes angry when I close the door, she said,
"What are you doing in there, that you need to close the door?"
I key in on the word "need," I separate my life into wants and needs, she got me, there is no need to close the door, and it is just my custom. Now, it is always a surprise to watch a girl stand at the toilet and urinate, and the West African women can stand like a man, well, not exactly the same as a man, I hope you get the idea.
One TV Channel for Gbagbo, and another for Alassane
The country of Cote d’Ivoire had an election a couple of months ago, the standing President Gbagbo lost in the eyes of world, and Alassane won. Gbagbo refused to step down, and the country now has two Presidents. In my opinion, it has two dictators, nobody in Cote d’Ivoire gives a hoot about the constitution, fair play, justice, all the those other words are not understood here.
Well, there are two dictators here in Cote d’Ivoire, please get a life….
I was watching Television here in French, most of the time it is soap operas, or news from France, complete with Frenchie commercials, it is amazing how many English words they use for emphasis.
There is a Gbagbo news channel, and there is an Alassane news channel. Truly, this is a kick to watch obvious propaganda that crosses all lines of my normal expectations. There is information, news, photos of that you would never expect to see on a USA news station. Dead bodies, people saying they are going to have a revolution, obvious treasonable statements, it is a dark comedy.
It is a stalemate, both President are able to have their own propaganda news channel, nither is capable of stopping the other side, truly.
Verizon is Shutting Off my BlackBerry Bold
Verizon Wireless has been providing various Smart Phones for my review free for the last couple of years, and I wrote this Blog post about my present trip to West Africa.
Verizon Blackberry Bold Made Ivory Coast Trip Feasible
Oops, what am I supposed to do, I am still here?
I received an e-mail from Verizon yesterday,
"I need to deactivate the line. I’ve asked for a 24-hour notice for you so we don’t leave you in a lurch. The device will be shut off at 5 p.m. EST on 2/23."
Ok, Ok, Ok, I am sure many readers are smiling right now; it is difficult to write, talk, or explain anything about a Verizon without someone telling me a war story of what Verizon did.
Hmm, that is funny, a war story, yes I am involved in a real war, I am in a country at war, truly an interesting time to have my service cut.
Never-ending New Moral Dilemmas and Temptations in Africa
Travel is full of never-ending questions, there is seldom a day goes by when I do not ask the question of myself,
"Should I take the photo, or not?"
"Should I be aggressive with this person, or let it pass?"
"Should I attack back, or walk the other way?"
Example of a photo I did not take yesterday, Bah and I was walking towards the beach. It is the custom for children here to take a very sudsy and great bath in public. They use a pot, a bucket, a pan, anything that holds water. I look down, two children had just screamed at me,
They speak Nzema here, and the children continuously are screaming and calling me "White Man." Nothing new, it is normal in Africa, when I looked over to wave at the children, I see an adorable small naked girl covered in suds, with a rag covered in suds cleaning what I assume is her brother. Glee, this is the word I think, they are full of glee, joy, happiness, and simplicity, and they are saying
"Hey, white man --- we say Hello"
I started to take my camera out, but decided not to, sometimes I am tired. I want to photograph unbounded joy; this is the type of photos that makes it all worth the time. Even though this is just simple joy, simple love, simple real life, I am tired, I know there are inherent and stupid problems when I take photos of children with no clothes. What is natural is considered bad, and what is unnatural is considered good, the world is truly confused.
I always assumed that one day Verizon would shut me off, and I assumed at this time, I would purchase the service with my own money. I am ready, willing and able to pay the 69 U.S. Dollars per month for the unlimited Verizon Global Data Plan.
Surprise, or no surprise, I am baffled, the company has made me into a liar, what I thought I was recommending is not what they provide, and a person could have unfathomably high bills by accident. I will only write or recommend a product or service that I would be willing to buy with my own money. This is a sad day for me, I am truly sorry I ever took this smart phone; I truly thought the Global E-mail or Data plan was good to recommend.
They are shutting off the line because of extraordinarily high bills they need to pay.
Ivory Coast there are Daily Surprises Good and Bad
Hi Andy! Nice to read, that you obviously found an arrangement how to deal with B.
About the situation in IC:
As you may remember, I wrote something about voodoo aka Juju aka Vodoun etc.
In Gagbo´s propanda channel, they said, they arrested some african guys from Mali.
These guys tried to reach the official IC broadcasting channel (RTI). Alassane wanted to bring in chair his own Director of the channel, simply to gain control over TV. Until now, there is still the one of the Gagbo camp. They said in the News, these arrested guys had some Juju gadgets with them, the pro-Gagbo TV wants to demonstrate unspoken, that they wanted to put a spell on Gagbo´s TV Director to make a change by sorcery or something like that.
Amazing. This in the official News. As I said before. Doesn´t go in a western head.
People really believe in these things.
Have a look (starts 09:50 but its worth watching the whole video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7YIFYj1I6sandfeature=related
Hello Andy! A few pictures back you posted a couple pictures taken inside what appears to be a taxi. One was of the giant african land snails tied together in a bunch and one was of some species of crab, also tied together. I'd like to know if those are terrestrial crabs or aquatic. Next time you get a chance, I'd like to see a pic of one by itself close up.
Were these purchases you made for your dinner? If you like escargot, I'm interested in knowing how the giant african snail compares to typical escargot.
I'm trying to get a start on raising the african giant snails here.
They are calling you 'white brother' not 'white man' -- a huge difference.
This is NOT French, it is the Nzema language and it sounds like Boh Frere to me.
or Bohn Frayre, but there is no way to spell a Nzema word for White Man correct, anything goes.