Ivory-coast Travel Stories, Page 5

Andy HoboTraveler.com in Ghana

Andy HoboTraveler.com in Ghana

I am in Tokaradi, Ghana, I have about 40 post to make,
many great photos of Ivory Coast and Ghana. I cannot
even open the blogger.com site. Hard to say why... if
I cannot enter tomorrow, I will think it is blocked

The internet has the terrible interface called
CyberCafePro, just about impossible to use, the place
is miles behind in Internet Cafes and computer
compared to most normal or under-developed countries.
The under-developed countries really are the normal
and Europe and USA are not normal.

Andy HoboTraveler.com in Ghana


Andy of HoboTraveler.com
Daily Diary or Travel Journal

Banaou Ivory Coast Internet

Banaou Ivory Coast Internet

I am on in Banaou Ivory Coast the internet is way to stupid to use. It has the extreme junk program that adminsters called CyberCafePro. No program for internet cafes could be worst.

I returned from Aboisso to wire myself money with Western Union for the countris of Benin and Togo I think I can pick up there and have plenty of CFA; I have plenty or Euros and Dollars, but want to gurantee I have money in all locations. WesternUnion.com is in all the remote places so far.

I hope this post.


I have all the normal post on my computer when I am again on the internet I will post if they have a sensible internet cafe. CyberCafePro is the worlds worst management system and is rediculous.

Banaou Ivory Coast Internet

Liberia Isekiri Tribe Face Tattoo

Liberia Isekiri Tribe Face Tattoo

The people of West Africa mark themselves by putting small cuts on their faces, sometime quite large. This girl has two small cuts, she says she is from the Isekiri Tribe of the country of Liberia.

I do not know the name of these skin cuts, however as you travel around in Africa it is easy to see, however difficult to learn about. You can learn the tribe, however I am not able to have them explain well, plus I feel they often try to hide them, as if to say,
- I am modern person, this does not exist. -

I see it as a good and bad thing. I like cultural pride, however any form of mark, weather Christian Crosses, Islamic Clothes, Tattoos create an easy way to define who to hate. Like the good guys and the bad guys.

The marks are below the right eye, not on the left eye, however on her left cheek there were some very small ones also, however a flash just is not the way to go for the best photos.

This is a strange way to write the word, she is from Liberia, however this E is not an English form of E, I am very curious, however had no time to learn.

Liberia Isekiri Tribe Face Tattoo

Drying Travel Clothes Fast

Drying Travel Clothes Fast

I made a boo boo and forgot to get my clothes out of the wash tub, thus I needed them to dry from about 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM in the room. It is raining, cloudy, and the bottom line if I put clothes outside my room the Hotels will complain, try to charge more money and there is not a place. However, it is a difficult time to dry clothes, because of the humidity.

I wrung out the clothes, as good as possible, then I put in a towel, I put into a roll.

I put my foot on the bottom of the towel, and twisted until most of the water was at least shared with the towel. I have a big long nylon cord that is part of my hammock I use for a clothesline in the room. I also put up to keep the ants out of my clothes. I hung the clothes directly in the air blowing from the air conditioner. I with the room has a fan back up and life would be better.

Drying Travel Clothes Fast

Ivory Coast Typical Food

Ivory Coast Typical Food

This is called Achicki, I have no idea how to spell, however this is close. I can not guarantee is typical, however I am sort of sure.

It is made with Casava and Chicken, and after that I am not sure.

Achicki, she ate it with her hands, like they would in Nepal.

Ivory Coast Typical Food

Bus Abidjan Bassam to Aboisso Ivory Coast

Bus Abidjan Bassam to Aboisso Ivory Coast

I am hoping to take a bus tomorrow morning from Bassam / Abidjan to Aboisso, Ivory Coast. It is about half the distance to the Ghana, Border. It should be an easy trip, however there is zero hotel information on Aboisso, therefore I wish to arrive early and look for a hotel casually and not in any nighttime rush.

My big delay is two aspect, I ate too much popcorn and it was making a rush through my body. The second is I am trying to download about 200 Megs of French Program, the internet in the Bassam Imperial area is great. I do not know when I will see this again, therefore the window is open. I hope it works when I have it downloaded.

The cost is about 1500 CFA or 3 Dollars U.S. for the Bus, or maybe Car. They call a big bus a car here and I do not know what they call the station wagons they uses as group taxis. I do not care which, it is supposed to be only 42 miles, but it may take 1.5 hours. Not important, but I go for backup options, I do not travel into deadends. I suppose if needed, I could return to Bassam, I highly doubt I will need to do this, I wake up early and I do get the worm.

I will leave I think at about 8:30 in the morning for Aboisso, if I get this French program downloaded.

Bus Abidjan Bassam to Aboisso Ivory Coast

Natural Africa Travel Paths

Natural Africa Travel Paths

Many guidebooks have started to give suggested itineraries, however, for me almost of little value, sometimes they give good hints. Tourist will travel against the grain sometimes, normally though the normal tourist route is a deep rut. I pay attention when everyone is telling me to go here or there, I know it is the tourist rut, probably full of pigs, snorting and rooting around. To me the problem is the normal culture disappears in the rut, and the what-sells-easy-to-tourist crap emerges. Like the drums, music, pizza, etc. all the normal things, sold anywhere.

I suspect here in Africa, they fly between major cities, or only on guided tours. I have not seen any backpackers, zero, I have not seen any tourist, I have to believe the guided tour is the normal path, while most of the tourism occurs when a person working here roams around, like NGOs or Missionaries, or Oil Company people. This is the most anal of all travelers because they have 5 times the normal money and it never ends, they do not seem to care about a budget.

I never can stop laughing to myself at the insightful brilliancy of Alex Garland when he wrote the book. - The Beach - Everyone in the book is fighting over the Map, or who gave the map, to the secret beach. I search for the map, or set of map all the time, I have extremely good maps in my computer on the encyclopedia Encarta, however still lacking in many ways. So far after nine years of travel, the Encyclopedia Encarta is still my best source of maps, but I have to have a computer to use, thus off the list of 99 percent of travelers.

I am always fighting to find a map, Alex was just too correct in his story, however he was pulling our leg for the most part, a great story.

Natural Path in Ivory Coast versus against the grain paths
- Note, I have not slept in Abidjan, it may be possible that there is a natural path apparent in the city, between places. To be a path though people need to travel on this path, I have only discovered one path by accident, a bus between the Ghana Embassy in Abidjan and the city of Accra in Ghana.

Political Map of West Africa

The places where the color change is where racism starts and end. The line between countries is to me, where one country said you stay away and we will stay away, we are not like you, we are different. It done clean, then will have a big river or a mountain range separating of some natural boundary. Crossing the border of a country and the whole world can change, you can never guarantee that anything will stay the same, all the rules change when you cross a country border. These are major path changes.

This is a religion map, you can see that I am in a Christian belt, that flows along the ocean, probably in the more money rich places also, normally money is along the water, you need water for wealth, and you need water for cheap transportation. Planes are changing this a little.

There is sort of and upstream, downstream form of religious racism that happens. A Christian is going to have a tougher time in an Islamic area, and the Islamic is going to have a tougher time in the Christian area. The LAWS are made to help the prevalent religion and work against the others.

Israel is a Jewish State. Pakistan, Iran are Islamic States. The state by definition is one religion, to live in the state and not be that religion is really working against the grain, a good time to move.

Business does not really care about religion, it is just a tool to stop competition from entering the area.

The Rivers flow from North to South in this area mostly, there are valley and easy to make road.

There are traditional trade routes between countries, cities, and such, I would think the trade between Ivory Coast and Ghana is mostly by boat, and then a little by land. The big goods shipped by boat, I am not sure how China gets all the goods here as many things here are made in China, probably boats. This is a more international trade route.


Language Map
My Encyclopedia in a Scholastic ignore the obvious manner totally ignore, the languages of business. French, English and maybe Arabic are the languages of business in these areas, or for trade between countries. It is not that simple, but you cannot just leave out French and English, Portuguese and all the Colonization languages. I spend a lot of time trying to get or figure out the colonization of countries. I really need a big map of the world showing how, when, where colonized.

Colonized and Language are intermixed, then religion overlays, water routes, and long term trade routes whether ship or donkey, camel. The trains are there, but only in a smaller way, the big trucks are breaking in, however all in all, every location has specific interplay of these above maps.


That is my tentative plan, nothing is decided though, there is now great reason to go this path. It would be nice to kind of go up and down, north and south in a zig zag manner INSIDE the countries, making a trip down to a place and back on the same road though is not a traveler path, it is a tourist rut, travelers do not like to go back the same way they came.


One of my biggest fights is to stop the return ticket, or round trip, we must return to the nest mentality. I go forward, I do not return, I circle the wagon, come back by going through the new path, the new trail, I try to keep off the old. I LIKE TO SAVE MONEY, I am here to look around, I like to see new, I do not like to pay for the same path twice.

There are a few guides written for multiple countries, however the normal guide is only one country 90 percent ignores the next country, does not fit the next country into the route. There are written one at a time, by one writer, not one writer going to all, this would be a traveler, not a writer. There are a few writer, travelers. But the majority no, therefore the guidebooks drop the ball.

These are the extreme anal people that write me with annoying comment, saying how easy to travel where I am is, they planned the trip, read the books for year, got all their Visa, took their cookie jar, broke the baby, then took off on their ones in a lifetime dream trip.
I purchased a ticket, have to rely on information available in the country, a little on the internet, or whatever I can find and put on my computer as I go. They did not buy a one way ticket, they have a job.


Sitting around planning for a year is fun, however, not totally sane, sort of obsessive, and for sure, I know there is not the answers they want to find in the countries they are planning to visit. A guided tour is great in a way, no planning, just Dollar or Euro your way through. I am thinking, what is the ratio of months planning to months traveling. I would say a person will plan for 5 months, then actually travel for one.


All the information exist, there are many holes, however my hope is to find the best mult-country travel paths, then collect all the data, interconnect it on the internet and allow a person to print their route as they wish.


I am almost clueless, however from people I have learned one easy jump, I can go to Aboisso.

This is an easy, station wagon, group taxi trip for 1500 CFA and I should be able to suss out whether the roads stop being good and turn to torture, or if there is some missing link to this story. I would stay in the Christian area maybe, however will probably jump outside the we-need-to-speak-French mentality to a back to the roots language mentality. There is a perceived idea on the planet, if I speak English I will make money, if I speak French, I will make money. In reality, has very little to do with how they make money. Helps, but not as clearly necessary as they hope.

I am in maybe what I would call one of the stupidest forms of tourist bubbles on the planet. It is not simple to see I am in a tourist bubble, because I am also in a cultural island.

FOUND QUOTE that applies to this in Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux:

- The Charities and foreign donors had had a questionable effect on the poverty and misery in the country, but were positively destructive when it comes to hotels, because they were expense-accounters for whom money was no object. Those of us who were budget-conscious and aimless wanderers were punished for their profligacy. But I stayed at the bad expensive hotel; I had no choice. -

Cultural Island
I believe, I am not sure, I think there is an island of half-French former colony and half indigenous type culture here. Sort of a mestizo mentality. I am not sure what the word should be, but I am in a half French, half Ivory Coast culture, the city culture is trying to be cars, tires, cell phones and big advertising signs, the wanna be world class, leave my roots behind type of thinking. Normally it just means slums, no better life to me, like leaving the farm and going to the city to learn about crime, rape, and how to be rude.

There are signs of the culture outside the tourist bubble. I saw some beads on girls getting a bath, around their waist. I saw some henna painted feet, there are local customs covered by a soccer ball, a cell phone, or even a few Bob Marley Rastafarian hats, really the last thing Africa needs.

Under the cover of new culture is the old culture, they are hiding and denying it exist, ashamed of what is good. Prideful in what is bad, there is no sense on the planet when the only good is new and what has been good for a 1000 years is now bad.

The test of Aboisso is the language. If French disappears than I am truly out of the tourist bubble. I find the guidebook amusing when it shows all the birds, the mask, the statues, the language information, many times it just is out in never never land, this information is easy to find in books. Almost impossible to find in reality. What the sell me is not authentic, what they wear when nobody is around is real. Mythomania is ever present, but easier to leave I think in Africa, but impossible to stop reading when people write about Africa.

Toilet Travel Path
Sadly, the world is not full of toilet, I can squirt anywhere, however to do a number 2 is difficult. I am having a high speed solids path in my body from mouth to exit, I am not sure how to slow it down. It is not diarrhea in the normal sense, it seems to be the wrong mix of foods. I am not sure, I am drinking to much of this liquid yogurt, I am not sure. But 2 hours in a station wagon is not easy when you only have a one hour max between stops in the restroom. I think I am clear, however this is an extremely major consideration. I think India is still in my body. It is 5:39 am, very early and whatever is in my body has time to clear the exit before my 9:00 target time to leave. I need to hope the internet opens at 8:00, I am not sure the city of Aboisso has Internet.

What is the natural path or trail to take through Africa?

Natural Africa Travel Paths

West Africa Multiple Country Visa

West Africa Multiple Country Visa
West Africa Visa Entente

Multiple Country Visa to:
Benin - Togo - Niger - Burkina Faso - Ivory Coast
25,000 CFA and in the same day at the Benin Embassy in Abibjan, Ivory Coast.

Benin Embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Plateaux Deau
Rue du Jardins
05 Degrees 22.245 North
003 Degrees 59.395 West
Elevation 77 Meters

Everything went right today, I went to the Benin Embassy here in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and got 5 Visas at one time. The one was not needed, because I am already in the Ivory Coast. They call this Visa the
- Visa Touristique Entente -

I would call it a Multiple Country Visa, good for 60 days and a windfall in the West Africa Visa world. Everything went perfect.

I paid 200 CFA to go to Imperial or New Bassam
I paid 500 CFA with station wagon to go to Macory.

I got a meter taxi to the Niger Embassy.
Read the address and showed the guy many times.
He took me to the Nigeria Embassy, NOT the Niger Embassy.
Went into the Nigeria Embassy, they only give visas for Cote Ivoire People.
I was already on Plateaux and decided, Benin sounds nicer than Niger.
Went to Benin, Embassy on Plateaux Deux.
Made application, needed two photos, only had one.

Cash Center is Grocery Store
05 Degrees 21.863 North
003 Degrees 59.395 West

Went to cash center grocery, flirted with girls inside, bought some cheap in a bag yogurt.

Magic Photos is in front of Cash Center
05 Degrees 21.863 North
003 Degrees 59.395 West

Then went to magic photos, paid 5000 CFA for 12 Photo, about 10 dollars or 7.50 dollars more than the world cheap country rate. Tried to buy 4 Panasonic rechargeable batteries, they wanted 20,000 CFA or 40 Dollars U.S., I say no, but think they could send from the USA for that much.
(I am thinking about the French…)
Some guy wants to sit down and talk, says will meet me at Georges at 12, never shows up.
Got on the Internet at Georges, way-too-expensive Internet for 1000 CFA per hour, I pay 300 in Grand Bassam and it works. The machine has so many temps on it, that it will not work. blogger.com will not work, because the machine is too much, of too something, and of course it says cookies needs enabled.
Walked down the street, went into another nice Lebanese restaurant where they wanted 8 dollars U.S. for a 2 dollars pizza, I purchase a 1 dollar pizza. Went into the really clean and nice toilet. The girl follows me in, I think this is different and shows me there is no water.
(I now think Lebanese, I think expensive.)
Went to Benin Embassy at 2, pickup the Visa. She was extremely nice, however did not speak English well enough to explain, says 60 day visa.
Took a meter taxi to the Gare de Bassam.

The man took me by the correct the station wagon stop, but would not stop, I am trying to get out, he just keeps on going.
Goes around in a circle, the cost is 3500 CFA, I say tough, give him 2500 and jump out. Jungle rules, are applied by me, might means right.
Sit next to a man in the Station Wagon all the way to Grand Bassam that is wet with BO. Beautiful girl gets in with wonderful cleavage, smiles at me, but leave at after 5 minutes. 9 guys in a Station Wagon, going for Bassam.
I arrive in Imperial of Bassam, pay the 500 CFA for trip from Abidjan.
Flag a taxi to Carte France, or WHAAF, and pay 200 CFA.
After stopping any water or fluid intake when I got to the Benin Embassy, I was happy to make it back to the Hotel and a toilet. Only looking for toilet for 4 hours, and the nice restaurant makes me laugh.
What a great day, I got 4 Visas I needed for 50 Dollars USA, and there is hope they work.

I think I thrive on Chaos, the more difficult, the better.
Spell Checker does not work on French.

West Africa Multiple Country Visa