Burkina-faso Travel Stories, Page 4

Girls of Po Burkina Faso

Girls of Po Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou or Ouaga, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Friday, September 7, 2007

I am disappointed in a way that I did not stop in Po and stay at least one night. I walked to some Hotel with a couple of cling-on boys and inspected a room; there were no trees, no girls and just Burkina Faso boys hanging around. In my mind, I focused too much on Burkina Faso being Islamic and thought to myself, I am in a talk too much boy’s country and no balance, in a hot hotel and went and got on the bus to Ougadougou the Capital of Burkina Faso.

After buying, the ticket it was as if all the women in the city came out to visit and I saw interpreted the city in terms of the two cling-on boys and it was not correct. I was frustrated, Narongo, Ghana a good city to stop, however I opted to go see the Catholic Social Centre Hotel and I made the wrong choice, I had to walk about 2 Kilometers to get to the stupid place in the middle of nowhere it would be like living on a deserted island Hotel. Probably ok for a person with a car, terrible option for a person without a car, the Lucion very convenience felt like a bar surrounded by rooms, and the Mayaga Hotel was again far, so I was warn out, I left the city. The Border Village Paga had this one hotel on the border for too much money and for living in dust.

Frazzled, I entered Po, Burkina Faso, and did not give the city a good chance as I had already burned up my good chances in Narongo, a nice city, and Paga a not anything village.

When I plopped down on the bench in Po as a TV blared some R-Rated Nigeria Soap Opera movie with Sub-Titles in French, I looked up and this girl is sitting in front of me. She has about six earrings and some bracelets on and happy colored clothes, she was all-curious, quick eyed happy.

I had just left the give-me-money city of Bolgatanga, that has NGO damage and the locals are jaded, except in the old market area. Po was suddenly a breath of fresh cultural air. I just stepped on my tail and was too ready to run to stay. I am not immune from the tourist malady of planning-too-much and forgetting I am here to see the country problem. I had this, I can go here, I can stop there, and I can get a Visa to Mali in Ouaga crap in my brain and the planning of the future stopped the today from functioning properly.

This is the Burkina Faso version of Rachel Welch, and she bounced around the Rakieta Bus Station selling bread.

Girls of Po Burkina Faso

2007 September 6 Enter Burkina Faso Leave Ghana

2007 September 6 Enter Burkina Faso Leave Ghana
Ouagadougou or Ouaga, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Friday, September 6, 2007


I left from the city of Paga, Ghana more or less on the border even though the map says no, and entered he the city of Dakola, and not on my map, and after walking across a longer stretch of No-Mans land, I left the Border Crossing and caught a groups station wagon to Po 1 Mil CFA and then went from Po with Rakieta Bus Lines a full size but to Ouga for 2 mil or about 4 US.

This trip was easy as the cars at the borders coordinated with Rakieta Bus Lines to take us directly to the Rakieta Bus Station.

2007 September 6 Enter Burkina Faso Leave Ghana

African Ethanol

African Ethanol
Bolgatanga or Bolga, Ghana West Africa
Thursday, September 6, 2007

I cook with Alcohol in my room; it is the best way to cook for a traveler, only a candle cooker is more dependable however creates a soot mess. (Dependable is how easy to find the fuel allowed to use inside a room.)

Alcohol needs sugar to ferment, strange and absurd as it may sound, as the world wishes to send food to Africa, it is a proposition of mine, that Africa could use extra food and food waste or garbage to become the Ethanol or Biofuel Giants of the Planet.

I can see James Dean now, in a twisted remake of the movie Giant, standing in Zermou, Niger, drunk on Millet Wine falling down hysterically happy and frustrated. Knowing he has hit Gold, plant gold, cellulose and garbage, mixed to create Ethanol.

I smell it, I feel like I have a divining rod for alcohol to fuel cars and when they are finished, I can buy cheap alcohol for my cooker.

Hmm, if I took 70 percent millet stalks here, or 70 percent banana leaves and mixed with the over production of peanuts and pepper I could make some really nasty guaranteed to kill you wine.

Making alcohol from cellulose is painful; however, I need to talk with Chris in Idaho, what happens if you had an oversupply of extra foods, or garbage to add to the mix?

The percentage of Yams, Cassava, Peanuts, Peppers, Plantains and other foods that go un-used or wasted has to be extreme. If a person mixes that up with all the stalks and green crap rotting, what do I have left, is it a good mixture to make alcohol or ethanol?

The Chiefs of Africa and the Leaders of Africa would have a hard time stopping their small people from making Alcohol or some Alcohol sludge to be distilled in big processing plants. I am so tired of looking at peanuts, pepper and bananas I am annoyed. Please, how can 50 people make money selling peanuts to 20 people? If all of you had a jug of moonshine in your hands, someone would come and buy it and smuggle it out of the country, or sell it back to you for cooking fuel.

WFP can dump food, and they can use it! Or MRE can be used…? Somehow putting the fuel production into the hands of the small people on the planet.

African Ethanol

Washing My Clothes in Ghana

Washing My Clothes in Ghana
Bolgatanga or Bolga, Ghana West Africa
Thursday, September 6, 2007

I remember being angry in Aneho, Togo over a year ago when the price list quoted 1.5 US Dollars or 700 CFA to wash one pair of long trousers. I now realize this was a very good Hotel.

An Ok Hotels in West Africa ask,
- Do you want a Beer? -
However, normally a person has to ask for anything, including a Beer, service is a foreign word.

A Good Hotels will ask,
- Do you want your room cleaned? -

The best Hotels advertise, and provide laundry service, plus the beer, plus the cleaning of rooms.

If you compared Apples to Apples, or the over-head of the Beverly Hills Hilton to the cost of doing business in Aneho, Togo you would slowly understand to pay 1.5 USA dollars cost more than the Hilton does. One days pay in Togo for a Hotel worker is 1.5 US Dollars, and one days pay in the Beverly Hiltons Hotels for the laundry person is at minimum about 48 US dollars. Therefore, to compare Apples to Apples, the cost of getting a pair of trousers cleaned in the Beverly Hills Hilton should be 48 dollars.

In West Africa, I need rooms with showers, so I can wash my clothes by hand.

I am not sure what type of logic to call this, however, maybe quantum leap logic, or out of the box logic, or one-eighty logic, however, I am getting better at it.

What does it say when there is obvious Laundry service in a Hotel or City? Maybe with all I just wrote you would think reason the Hotels are not good, however, the better answer is there is no demand. The percentage of people asking for laundry service is so low, they do not see it as a good way of making money, and they sell beer.

I was at a meandering of the Amazon River, a village of 48 huts, I asked for a canoe and it cost 3 US dollars per day, I ask for place to sleep and it was free. Nobody ever wanted to sleep in the village, however tourist asked enough for canoes it had a price, the locals thought, why would a person pay to sleep?

I am asked in Ghana, what is my mission or where do I work? The people of Ghana assume I am here working on some save them from working, give them money project.

What do I ask the other White People in the Hotel?
- What is your project, what is your mission, where do you work in Ghana? -

I hope one day I find more over-priced laundry price list, as I would know there are some travelers and tourist in the Hotel. Aneho is at a border, you leave the country, you need clean clothes.

The quiz…?

How is your Quantum Leap Logic?

- I am a normal Hotel in Bolga, a bar large enough to hold four times the number of people living in the Hotel.

- The prices of rooms start at 8 and then double or trip to 20-24 per night.

Why is does the room prices jump from 8 to 20-24?

QUIZ TWO: Why are there so man hogs or pigs in Bolga? I am referring to the farm animal.

Washing My Clothes in Ghana