Ivory-coast Travel Stories, Page 7

Grand Bassam Beach Ivory Coast

Grand Bassam Beach Ivory Coast



The swimming pool in my hotel.



Two girls playing on Sunday, all other days it is empty here.



I say, Baby got Back.



The separation here is money, to the left is the beach and locals, to the right is rich locals and foreigners.



Grand Bassam Beach Ivory Coast


Ivory Coast Photo of Boy and Goat


Ivory Coast Photo of Boy and Goat



 
This boy was chasing around some goats in the Bassam Nouveu part, really the name is Imperial of Grand Bassam. What a great kid photos... hehehe
 
Ivory Coast Photo of Boy and Goat


United Nations Ivory Coast

United Nations Ivory Coast



Just where I would expect to find a United Nations Vehicle, in a upper price, high end hotel, in front of the swimming pool. This is in the Wharf Hotel in the Grand Bassam, close to Abidjan, the country of Ivory Coast. To say the least, the United Nations goes exclusive first class or they do not go.


United Nations Ivory Coast


Grand Bassam Ivory Coast Hotel

Grand Bassam Ivory Coast Hotel



This is Rosalie, she is from Harlem, New York City, New York and has purchased a big old French Colonial type building and transformed it into a pleasant type bed and breakfast. It is maybe and island in the stream, where you could have some interesting conversations in English, when you are starved to relax on speaking French.



The second floor is inspiring and has a good feel, quaint, family like and a good place for a older couple that needs to be separated and safer. It is in the center of the Ancien Bassam, which to me is perfect because you can walk out the door and see something beside just the beach tourist crap. Most of the better hotels are too far from the Old French colonial area of Bassam and really make it impossible to walk around, you can still walk to the beach or go hang around in one of the swimming pools as this the real use of the hotel, you do not have to live in a hotel to use the pool.



Complete with the mosquito nets, beds, carpeted and arts on the wall.



She is from Harlem, New York City and has a lot of vocal points on the black culture both in the USA and in Africa, she is a fun lady. Very outspoken and tells me often what I am already thinking, however as a white boy am not going to say. It is wonderful to listen to a black woman from the USA explain the contrast, differences, good and bad between two cultures. Blacks in the USA and blacks in Ivory Coast West Africa.

I love her location, if she had a few girls up on the roof laying in the sun, it would be paradise for me, I could walk out and get a Benet or Gallet or whatever in the morning and talk with the locals easier than my present too far from the colonial section, but has a swimming pool Hotel.

The price of the room is 50 Dollars U.S, my guess is you could work discounts. The cost of all the hotels in Grand Bassam is strictly go for the gusto tourist fare, nothing but the rich and wanna be rich will pay. I am here, paying to see the beach and see the colonial area of Grand Bassam, sadly I have only seen one other person walking around beside Rosalie in the 10 days I have been here. However, on the weekend many person come for the day on Sunday, I mean foreigners.

Rosalie said to me,
- Your still here. -
I said,
- yes, I am one of the few who stayed more than one day.-

Grand Bassam is a paradise of sorts, culture, beach, close to Abidjan city, safer than Abidjan and only a one dollar group taxi from Macory or Trechville.


I am not recommending this Hotel, I have never stayed there, too rich for my blood, but if you needed an Englihs Speaking vacation, this may be the only place.

Grand Bassam Ivory Coast Hotel


Weaving of Cloth in Ivory Coast

Weaving of Cloth in Ivory Coast



There are a few location in the Grand Bassam where people are weaving, on the weekends they have a outpouring of trinket sales. I am not sure exactly where the authentic culture ends, and the tourist desired to purchase culture starts.



Weaving on a loom in a big huge empty building in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast.


Weaving of Cloth in Ivory Coast


Ivory Coast Lizard

Ivory Coast Lizard



I do not seem many animals, however there are some colorful Lizards seen in regular spots, they seem to have a territory as I have seen what appears to be the same lizard, in the same location on different days.

I took this photo with my 12X Sony Camera, about 10 feet away so it would not run. They I magnified the pixel area by zooming in with the graphics program paint shop pro, cut out he area, pasted as new image and now I have a close up. Photographers no longer have to get up close, they can get the area, and chop out the good photo. Note, if I had the one upper level camera than I have, it could have been three time better because of the density of the pixels.

Of course, if I always would have sat around for a long time waiting for the lizard to walk onto a different color background for contrast, I could be anal and a photographer. I suspect in the future with more support type staff, I can get the big camera, upload the big photos, take a lot of photos and let some sort and fix, clean and alter. Lots of work not my favorite use of my life.


Ivory Coast Lizard


Ivory Coast Games

Ivory Coast Games



I do not know this game, they was playing on the beach in front of the Wharf Hotel at the Grand Bassam Beach here in the country of Ivory Coast.



I think this was checkers, not positive, they has a different name for it, however when they do good, they bang them on the table. The banging is similar to playing dominoes in many countries on the planet.

Ivory Coast Games


Loading my French Gun

Loading my French Gun

I am in full-scale attack on the French Language; however, I need tools, weapons and protection from the people that already know French. It is amazing how everyone believes that talking more will help. People will go into elaborate explanations on a word, or how to say a word. More than one word spoken slowly and it sounds like gibberish to me.

I learn Spanish, I can learn French, here is my arsenal of phrase, and I must learn to pronounce correctly. Then when they want to bomb me with words, I can control the war.

For Example, I will point at a rock and say,
- Comment tu dis -
(How do you say?)

Strange as it seems, people in the whole world, not just here, will say,
Rock

I need to point again, and say,
- Comment tu dis en Français -
(How do you say in FRENCH?)

This goes on and on, I then can slowly write the word, ask them to repeat the word, will really lack of empathy persons, I can say,
Parole seulement un mot.
(Say only one word)

I skip the pleases, because for one thing, people do not say please, plus it make there two focuses. I just want help; I do not need to ask please. I may at the start, then I for sure say thank you a few times.

I will often get people to write down word, I have to take care with this, because many people cannot write, or spell, or use paper. If they do not take it from my hands, I do not push. I will look up in the dictionary a word, point at the French word, and often they have no idea. Taxing, and not easy, but slowly progress can be made. I know I can suffer by learning a mix of local words, and French words, however as I am changing people and countries fast, I do not think a big problem. I will actually learn many variants of the same word, how or ways of thinking it.

This is my present arsenal of word weapons, I bet the computer does not like them accent marks in French.

Note, this is probably only close, not correct, I am using a computer translation program to create this starter list.

How do you say? Comment tu dis OR
How do you say in French? Comment tu dis en Français

What is this? - ------------------Qu'est-ce que c'est ?
How do you call this?- --------Comment appelles-tu ceci ?
Write it please ------------------Écrivez-le
How do you spell it? ----------Comment l'orthographies-tu ?
Point at it please. --------------Point à lui
What is the name of this?----Quel est le nom de ceci ?
Dictionary ------------------------Dictionnaire
Talk Slow Please --------------Entretien Lent
Repeat the word----------------Répéter le mot
Say only one word ------------ Parole seulement un mot
I cannot hear you---------------Je ne peux pas t'entendre
One person speak-------------Une personne parle

This all started, because I needed to learn how to say, talk slow, please say a word, or repeat the word. I need to stop them from all talking at one time, and when they do not look in my eyes, very difficult, or mumble.

Sometimes, I get people in other countries who are bound and determined I understand them, completely oblivious to the me saying in French, I do not understand. I then pull out the cannon and shoot. I start talking away in English very fast, asking them question, making them feel the exact way they feel. This brings them to a stop.

Literacy is higher here in Ivory Coast near the big city of Abidjan, I know when I get into poor areas the French will disappear and the before colonization will reappear. However, when I have no choice but to ram some French words down a taxi driver, because they cannot read directions. Then I know, I need to speak French. Last year when I was in Niger, I think about 15 percent of the people could read. Reading is highly over rated as a need to live, I personally do not see it of much value for the average Joe Blow, numbers are needed, but reading a books is not common on the planet, or there would be more books sitting around.


Loading my French Gun