Djougou Benin Internet Djougou Benin West Africa Saturday, September 23, 2006
7:05 the electricity goes off, the internet starts or the Cyber Cafes opens at 19:00 hours, or 7:00, I am lucky I did not go. I do not like to make too huge of work of going to the internet. I am on low at about 7:00 at night, not the time for me to do internet work. There are two cafes here and I think this is a fiasco city for internet. Anywhere in the world 7:00 at night the internet is slow, I have to believe it a stop here, I could be wrong. Nonetheless, I am not going to stick around and see, I will head north for what I hope is quick 50 miles, I am never sure.
Natitingou Benin is my next attempt to use the internet, the Internet in Bohicon was very good, and however the twin cities were not good for me, just not my style. Well, either is Djougou, but it is a pleasant city, so the market is central and the city built around some large highways that bounce off the market. I smell many NGO and there is CRS or Catholic Relief Service, in the Motel Djougou, they have the traditional SUV Toyota, white, with CRS on the side, maxed out with all the gadgets. Amazingly expensive for one of the poorest countries on the planet, I wonder if they think they listen better if you come in Rich, they are dressed nice and have the 14,000 CFA room, I have the 5000 CFA room. This place is honest though, it is named a Motel, it is lucky for me, I went to, or tried to go to many hotels, This is the default, the only one I could find where a Motorcycle taxi was possible to get close to the door. The internet is not like most of the backpacker planet, I must take a Motorcycle taxi to the internet. Thus, I like to arrange the hotel so I have transportation. The guidebook really drops the ball, it is obvious that most of the West Africa writers were in cars, or they would not be recommending many places along the way.
The Djougou Motel is good, 5000 is cheap, there is nothing around, and the place though is a big compound, complete with peanuts growing in the front. I can get a Zim or Moto easy, and only 100 Fran to the Marche or Market. I am getting good with the Motos, I have them figured out now.
I will go north in the morning, I am FAH TEE GEY and need a some rest after being a sardine all day from 7 to 12 in the Cattle Car. It is painful to sit crunched for 5 hours. I am glad the African people shower well; I would be in a problem place, south of Heaven, if I was in India right now, dong the same type of transportation.