Porto Novo Benin West Africa Friday, September 15, 2006
I have moved from Cotonou, Benin to Porto Novo, Benin, about one-two hours down the road, I guess it took three hours from Hotel to Hotel. The travel distance is about 20 miles maybe 26 Kilometers in any modern country the time needed would be max 1.5 hours. One Half hours to get out of city, one half hour for the 20 Miles and one half to enter the next city of Port Novo, Benin.
Travel Distance, and I got to Pobe or to a small city along the path.
Everything went perfect, except the van got stopped, by the impressive and to me organized police of Benin. They gave the boy a fine for having more than 20 people in his van. Amazingly different, I always see as many as possible, is normal, not any limits. It took a long time to have the police let the driver alone.
There is bumper-to-bumper traffic between these two cities. Port Novo is great so far, except it is raining, had to stop on the moto taxi and take a under the tree break from the rain. All is good, I am in a Hotel and life is good.
I will go or say I am going to Pobe, if there van goes through a village with a good feel, I will get out and stay a couple of days.