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Ayame No Good Return to Aboisso

Ayame No Good Return to Aboisso
Ivory Coast - Cote d'Voire

I left Banoua, went to Aboisso for 1300 CFA, change station wagons and went to Ayame for 500 CFA. I guess Ayame is about 15 Kilometers, and the trip between Banoua and Aboisso is one hour. Waiting to leave can take a long as the trip.

Ayame was quaint, however no big lakefront. All the people kept trying to point me to the large hotels on the hill. One person tried to help I think and took me to a military office, which proceeded to grill me about why, what is my name, and did not answer any questions. Made me write down the names of my parents, and looked at my passport.

Finally, I said in English, how many Hotels, the one answers one and the other person answered two. I said in French,
- I return to Aboisso, -
I tried my best to say in body language, who the hell wants to stay in this obnoxious place.

Took the station wagons back for 500 CFA and was happy to be back in Abosso and in my Bemosso Hotel for the excellent value of 2500.

There seems to be a Vacation Hotel mentality here, I have trouble finding normal person fares, only find the wanna be rich, go to a hotel and be stupid hotels. I think exclusivity in tourism happens anywhere, the more I pay, the more it cost, the more I can brag to my friends at home, that I am rich enough to toe the road.

In Ayame, a man who already knew my name, tried to take me to a Hotel. I asked in French,
- How much -
Again and again, finally he said,
- 5 Mille or 5000 -
This would be an ok price, however there is no way to know, I asked him the name of the hotel, and he did not know. Lots of bull flying around and everyone is under the impression that I do not care about money. I wonder what idiots teach people this….I think some are so afraid they will pay anything to not have to talk with the locals.

Vacation Hotel, I see nobody here on Vacation.

On a funny note, there are some whopper size women in Cote d Voire, they are large, extra large and whopper size. One was already in the station wagon taxi that was soon to leave for Ayame. She literally took the place of two seats. She looked very clean, but I know big means smells. She sat them they stuffed another two in seats, one left and an extra large got in and took her place. Nobody says a word, and then when she got out, some boy was rearranging here whopper legs so she could rise and the springs of the car would give a sigh of relief.



I have a strange route, Bassam to Aboisso, Aboisso to Banoua, Banoua to Ayame, back to Aboisso, now I go to Noe.


Ayame No Good Return to Aboisso


Hydro Electric Dam Ayame

Hydro Electric Dam Ayame
Ayame Ivory Coast - Cote d-Voire

There is a smallish Hydro Electric dam in Ayame; I was not able to take good photos from the window of the taxi. However up to the right of this photo is some type of big vacation hotel. Not my idea of a vacation, more of a good place to go shag for a couple of days. Up on top of a hill, separated from the city, the view could be good, but only as a way to get totally isolated. There seems to be a cheaper hotel across from the gate to the big hotel, however a long walk to the hotel. A person should get off the station wagon Taxi the minute almost it crosses the dam like bridge to get a hotel in Ayame. There is a government ran hotel in Ayame, but I could not understand.



Hydro Electric Dam maybe called a Barrage in French.


Hydro Electric Dam Ayame


Leave Banoua go to Ayame

Leave Banoua go to Ayame
Banoua Ivory Coast - Cote d-Voire
Tuesday August 8, 2006

I leave today from Banoua, Ivory Coast and go to Aboisso, then to Ayame, I hope all in one day. About one hour drive time to Aboisso, however it may take one hour for the station wagon taxi to leave the bus stop, I have to wait until the car is full.

I think one-hour wait in Aboisso for the car to Ayame, therefore I have about a 4-hour trip from Banoua to Ayame, unless I have a set of great transfers. No way to plan travel times in any country, the problem is set up to leave times, not the travel time. A plane takes 2 hours set up time; I am on the show up and leave method of travel. Works the best and less frustrating, or I could be delusional and believe there are schedules, time, set leaving and such in most countries, better to show up and hope it leaves, it 99 percent of the time gets you where you want to go, how is not clear, but I get there, progress is made.

I am cutting out trying to avoid the line of persons who want money for nothing.


Leave Banoua go to Ayame


Africa Jungle Tree

Africa Jungle Tree
Aboisso Ivory Coast - Cote d-Voire



There is a type of tree, I am not sure why, however as you go through jungles, or big areas, there will be one tree that grows exceptionally high. They are like beacons in, and or surrounded by the smaller trees.

I took this photo from the back window of the Vallee Hotel in Aboisso, the cost per night starts at 10,000 CFA.


Africa Jungle Tree


Money We Need Money

Money We Need Money
Banoua Ivory Caost - Cote d-Voire

Tuesdays August 8, 2006

On Monday, a man explained to me speaking good English how Europe needs to give money to Ivory Coast to help them. I said, Ivory Coast needs to work, they do not need money.

Somewhere along the line, this jerk has learned or thinks he is entitled to money free. I told him a person that works has money, however he pointed at the mayor of Banoua and says he has money, his is a big man. I asked why he has money,
- Look he has a motorcycle. -

I said,
- No, how did he earn the money. -
He says,
- He has big house, a big car. -

I am annoyed, the man is not capable of seeing that maybe there is a connection between big money and big work. He wants the lottery, a brain problem that is affecting the planet. Not a clear connection that a person gets big money for big work. Of course he has had frightened people walk up and give him money because he has guilt extorted money from them before. Guilt or the middle class idea that I need to help persons was lost many moons ago, I could care less that a person needs money, I say,
- Get a job -

Contrary to any stupid fantasy of the world of givers, I believe these countries like Ivory Coast are bonanza of opportunities. Massive amounts of cheap labor, needs out the whazoo and one-sixth the planet who will by junk. Find a cheap product to mass-produce and sell to the planet, knock off public officials who put their hands in their pockets.

Obviously, Mercedes Benz and Peugeot see they can sell them anything, believe it or now, I see a many Mercedes Benz, SUVs and all sorts of way too expensive cars here. The same boy and a girl that wanted money had the cell phone in their hands, hard to feel like giving to a person chatting on a cell phone. I give to people with legs missing not to nicely dressed jerks.


Money We Need Money


Ironing Clothes with Charcoal

Ironing Clothes with Charcoal
Banoua Ivory Coast - Cote d-Voire

Ironing clothes is cheap on electricity.



There is lots of charcoal in the area, somewhat weird to me the amount of charcoal in the area. They use it for everything, however this is a first for me to see it used to iron clothes with, I have seen in the past some ancient type irons in the USA, however cannot remember if they had this compartment feature. The number of cooking apparatuses that use Charcoal or Wood is astounding here; they have so many types of cookers and models it is fun to learn about. I am a gadget person and this is very enjoyable.


Ironing Clothes with Charcoal


Cooking Fuel Ivory Coast

Cooking Fuel Ivory Coast
Banoua Ivory Coast - Cote d-Voire

There are these charcoal bags along side the roads for sale; you can see piles of charcoal waiting to be gathered. I found this interesting material, it looks a little like peat moss, has large nuts like objects inside. I do not know what it is, I believe they cook with it.



Moss or vegetation used to cook, I have not yet seen anyone using.



A boy gathering charcoal to use, I often will see bundles of wood also.


Cooking Fuel Ivory Coast


Money Banoua Western Union

Money Banoua Western Union
Cote d-Voire - Ivory Coast Banoua
Tuesday August 8, 2006

I successfully took two hours of Internet time and sent money from myself to myself, I am told I will be able to pick up the money today Tuesday. Yesterday was Independence Day in Ivory Coast or I would have been able to do it I think the same day or just a few minutes after sent. I am experimenting with this type of money transfer. I do not need the money now, but if I do need money, I want to know whether this source of receiving money is open.

Western Union is in more places than are ATM Machines.
It requires Internet access to do, although they say on the Western Union site I can send money by telephone. Theoretically I could call, which is normally possible anywhere, pick up the money at a Western Union.

PROBLEM with this system is I must designate the country and the city where it is to be received. I do no know the city where I will live in the future, the Western Union says, anywhere in the world. However, it means, I have to say the place in the world maybe. I do not know what happens if I try to pick up the money sent to Ivory Coast in Togo. It would be great to send the money and pick up about 20 days from now in Benin when I need it, it would be like a bank account waiting for me. I suppose it may be possible as being the sender to change the pick up location however, who knows. These systems are not for proactive happy persons, they are made for a person who will do about anything to receive the money including waiting for days for it to work. If I go to the bank today and the money is not given to me, I will just keep on moving to the next city and eventually take the money back to myself.

The also want a number to call in the event there is a problem, the account in in my father name, thus the number is in his name. I am hoping he understand to always say yes, he sent the money. This convoluted methodology is complicate, hard to remember and he is 74 years old. Not the best quick on his feet remember the rules type of person. Moreover, so many obnoxious telephone callers in the USA, he just is rude and jumps before listening as is normal for USA people answering the telephone.

So far, they have not called and check, the IP number could have been checked because it asked where it was being sent from or the telephone. The whole system has some small security bugs, and is not made for a person like me to use, it is really made for a person inside the USA, living in the USA to use, not a person in another country. I suspect in the future, Western Union will close the one security gap, however really they should open way for travelers to pick up money and it would be wonderful travel tool. I wish it were possible to easily get a person with a brain in these big companies to pick up a phone and talk. I am sure I could call a thread of phone calls for hours at Western Union trying to get a very good recommendation to them across and just hit bureaucracy. I do not find that suggestions are easy to give to large companies. In fact, even in my own company, a person hits many obstacles, not that many people want to help, 99 percent want to take, not help or offer solutions. The blog is my best hope of solutions to be offered and it does have some answers provided to me, however mixed with some very harsh, not helpful to anybody comments. Talk to have an audience comments are prevalent.


http://www.westernunion.com

Money Banoua Western Union