Ivory Coast Travel Stories

2006 August 9 Enter Ghana

2006 August 9 Enter Ghana
Elubo Ghana
Wednesday August 9, 2006

I left Aboisso, took a large what the call a - Car - but is a mini-bus in English from Aboisso to Noe. The plan was to stay in Noe, but the whole bus proceeded directly to the border. The Ivory Coast or Cote d Ivoire government officials greeted the bus and had me on a seat waiting to leave. My inability to ask questions in French made me go with the flow. Moreover, I saw zero what appear to be Hotel or even a city in Noe. It looked more like the border town way or selling as is normal and no per say businesses.

I have entered the country of Ghana and am in the city of Elubo, not on my Encarta Map, so I am lost; the Lonely Planet is vague also.


2006 August 9 Enter Ghana


French Baby Talk

French Baby Talk
Aboisso, Cote d-Voire - Ivory Coast
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

I have realized I speak Baby Talk French, I cannot put together a complete sentence and refuse to do so, I have learned from experience and one time by a dangerous experience not to try to speak sentences. I cannot understand the reply, so it is silly to start. I say one word, hope they intuitive grasp the meaning or question. A word said correctly is a question; therefore, I ask many questions and want a short word reply.

I have list of my top 200 words or 100 words I consider essential to for travel talk, a cheat sheet of sorts that is for me to learn first. My prioritized lists of words that help me travel in French countries. Being I have not filled in the gaps in my database or page, I am slowly and laboriously going through the Rough Guide French Language book and writing the correct, I hope correct words in my database. I then write the word as it sounds to me in English as my hint. A slow, but learning experience, as any work using the word is time spent studying.
I annoyed constantly with the persons who wish me to jump from Baby Talk to Adult Talk…. Impossible, I do not have a vocabulary and will not until I get at least about 500 words and I think 2000 is the amount needed to be conversational in a small degree. To be fluent in a language is when I can explain many nuances and watch TV with no problem. I can read this language already because I did have one year in University, which I then proceeded to never use.

I love these epiphanies of understanding, I love when I suddenly get the light bulb above my head and understand the process by which I learn. I think it called Gestalt.

Gestalt:
- According to Gestalt psychology, images are perceived as a pattern or a whole rather than merely as a sum of distinct component parts. The context of an image plays a key role. - (2)


French Baby Talk


Aboisso Laundry Day

Aboisso Laundry Day
Aboisso Ivory Coast - Cote d'Voire
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

I have been doing my laundry in my room since I arrived in Ivory Coast, I have not been offered and I have not found a way to get laundry done. I am in a typical type hotel here in Aboisso and not a TOURIST Fare hotel, so I asked the manager, maybe owner to do my laundry. He was prompt, would not say the price, told me - Apres - I was amicable, second time here, I think he will be fair.

However, it seems to be good place to stop at the Bemosso Hotel in Aboisso, the price of the hotel is the first reasonably priced Hotel I have encountered at 2500 CFA per night. The normal prices are 10 to 15,000 and the 15,000 CFA is the easy to find. !5,000 CFA is 30 USA and about 25 more than the world-compared values should dictate.

He did the laundry for Free in Bemosso Hotel in Aboisso. I do not think people travel like me...

Aboisso Laundry Day


Aboisso to Noe Ivory Coast

Aboisso to Noe Ivory Coast
Aboisso Cote d-Voire - Ivory Coast
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

I will take a station wagon taxi I think today to Noe, on the border of Ivory Coast and Ghana. It is not in my guidebook, it was in a post on About.com. Very annoying to me when border towns on both sides are not in a guidebook as I consider the guidebook dangerous. Africa is known for corruption, what if I bounce of the border, or do not wish to cross for some safety reason. It looks like the border is holding up single travelers. I would stop, get a hotel, then try to find a big bus that cross from Ivory Coast and travels with the SAME bus into Ghana. There is a bus like this, I believe that I could have rode or taken that sold tickets at the Ghana Embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. This is the guaranteed way to get across a border with the least amount of problems. This is what I will do now, I will go stay in Noe for a couple of days, try to contract a bus or car taxi that will go from Noe to somewhere inside of Ghana with the same vehicle. The driver is compelled to get me across the border and assist in the nuances of border crossings.

I am hoping, however not much for internet in Noe.


Aboisso to Noe Ivory Coast


Travel Advice Without Prices is Not Nice

Travel Advice Without Prices is Not Nice
Aboisso Ivory Coast - Cote d'Voire
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

I am in an area of the planet whereby travel information gets difficult to find, I am aware always that people could use my blog to help guide them through West Africa. I am taking some note for myself as guidelines on how to blog, the operative thing is people always need to say price, or I need to say price. I do not care or want advice on a hotel, unless the price of the hotel is included. I am on a budget, the whole world has a budget, I do not care, and the price is an absolute need. I consider advice without a price, not nice. I actually consider when a person gives me a recommendation on a hotel and does not say the price extreme idiocy. To not care about price, value, and comparisons to other hotel prices just make me frustrate and a sign of very childish to me, a slave to temptations, not of learned choices. It is like say, the ice cream was wonderful. That is nice.

It is easier for me to take note, and to make guides on what is essential in a Travel Journal when I am in a high need to know destination. In the end, it all comes down to what I cannot learn yet in my French books, the interrogatives. I need to include, who, when, why, what, how, how much etc. in all my blog post. A start and a finish, this is why many people say I give practical advice… hehehe. I am not giving practical advice, I am commenting in a practical and what I would say logical manner. Not just an opinion, the whole story, what I wish the journalist would do a little of, and have completely stopped doing.


Travel Advice Without Prices is Not Nice


Assini Ivory Coast

Assini Ivory Coast
Aboisso Ivory Coast
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

There is a resort area south of my present position here in Aboisso, I have not been able to clearly understand how to go there or even where it is located. One of the persons in the station wagon taxi talked or said it was beautiful; however, as normal I doubt he had ever been there. If I just trusted the taxi people, I am sure I could get there after they jostled me until I arrived in Assine or Assini. I looked up the world in French; I cannot find the word to get a clue. The Lonely Planet says there is a Club Med there, this is one those exclusive resort chains, however I have not seen one that looked exclusive yet. I stopped in one in Mexico and it was vacant.

I am on the natural path, I am on the way to Noe today, and it is along the easy travel path and it the last city at the border. It also does not show on my map.


Assini Ivory Coast


Skeleton Keys Locks

Skeleton Keys Locks
Aboisso Cote d-Voire - Ivory Coast
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The Hotel Bemosso, which I would consider pretty safe, has the Skeleton Keys like very old fashion doors, or maybe those in Argentina. I was lying in my bed, studying French, when the key pops out of the lock from my side of the door. It lands on the floor, and then a man proceeds to open the door and then says,
- Excuse Moi Monsieur or Excuse me Sir -



I looked at the key with a lack of comfort when they gave it to me upon renting the room the first time. I lock all my stuff of bigger value in a bag and tie it to the bed, I do not trust any lock in any hotel, unless is it is MINE, I want my padlock on the door, and often as not now, this does not happened, so I am constantly using the light dog chain to connect it to a big piece of furniture or my bed.



I always lock the bed, the more expensive the hotel the more I lock, because in the more expensive hotels the cleaning ladies have free run of my room and it is common for them to enter. I prefer to stay in the cheaper where the cleaning is only done after you leave.


Skeleton Keys Locks


No Alcohol Cooker in Ivory Coast

No Alcohol Cooker in Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast - Cote d-Voire

I cook with alcohol in my room in many countries.

I am amazed, I have been trying to find rubbing alcohol to use to cook canned vegetables. I finally found some today in a Pharmacy, and the price was 5 Dollars or 2500 CFA for about a pint bottle or less. There is Sugar Cane grown around here, I see it all the time, in countries with Sugar Cane it should be very cheap. Sugar can ferment alcohol extremely fast; it would be cheaper to make my own.

I want to cook in my room, gas is too dangerous, and there are not little propane tanks or whatever, the only good fuel is alcohol or electricity. Hmm, I did see a hot plate the other day, I will buy that. I have not even seen a restaurant that would even be close to me wanting to enter. There are many bars or places to drink. It is possible; I could buy some 150 Proof Liquor and use it cheaper than alcohol to cook. I will check the price; there are enough drunks and liquor sold here.

In Islamic countries it very difficult to buy Alcohol at least in a store, however this is only a small amount of Islamic persons in this area of Ivory Coast.

I have the thought that the cost of medicine is controlled by the country of France and they are really gouging. I will try to do my price study; the authorities though are not so friendly. I mean anyone in authority or a boss, they seem annoyed.


No Alcohol Cooker in Ivory Coast