Ouagadougou Burkina Faso Ouagadougou or Ouaga, Burkina Faso, West Africa Friday, September 7, 2007
I am in one of the most confusing to spelt Capitals of a country city on the planet.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and about 99 percent of the people seem to just say Ouaga or WaaGha going for the abbreviated form and forgetting the long version.
Ouaga is two thumbs up so far, other than getting the normal chopped by the first day taxi in the country fare, all is great. The Hotel is good, the people are friendly and I am happy to be out of Ghana.
The last day I as in Bolgatanga, Ghana a women berated me because I refused to pay her money when I photographed a Baobab tree, one of the widest trees or biggest in diameter trees I have ever seen.
Saying, - You must pay money; you will return home and make a lot of money from the pictures. -
Endemic of the culture, give me money for no reason, welfare mentality, get on the dough, it was time to leave Ghana and enter a culture less on the take.
Burkina Faso, a Francophone country and maybe what you would call more wide-open and escaping the bosses feel. Ghana has checkpoints, and they just randomly set up checkpoints. The drivers are constantly having to pay bribes, and seems about double the pay of Togo and now Burkina Faso.
Ghana is the land of Taxes, and with Taxes comes better roads, however Ghana police utilize every tax, paperwork, and chance to grab some extra cash, under the table.
Burkina is open, no police, nothing to monitor you, and free, but then bad road, and no protection, and no protection payments. Hard for me to explain the feel of Burkina, however nice to leave the too Proper British overlay of I am noble and you are a commoner crapola. Ghana is not my favorite country, I do not trust Ghana.
I was given a Five Year Visa to Burkina Faso, a One Year Visa to Togo and I can enter Cote d’Ivoire for 60 days with no Visa.
Ghana gave 30 days, hard to feel wanted or welcomed. It is and illusions to say you need to go to a country, nobody needs to go to any country.
Ouaga seem very organized with a big bag of red sand continually causing the country to sweep the house. It has the curse of looking more dirty than reality.