Togo Travel Stories, Page 20

Togo Time Travel

Togo Time Travel
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, June 8, 2007

A man says last night in the restaurant,
- I would love to get in a time capsule and see Togo 20 years ago, when it was the Hub of Africa. -

I sometimes explain who I am, and the feeling that I am an Empath as the term is use in reference to the fictional TV character Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation,

“Generally the term refers to a person who can feel the vibration of other people. There are many different degrees of clairsentience ranging from the perception of diseases of other people to the thoughts or emotion of other people.”

Ok, a lot of hocus pocus, however I do think every person can feel others, every person has a various degree or ability to feel empathy for another person. Some people are blanks and un-caring and insensitive to others, and some people will cry at hearing a person is sick. Because of some big pains in my life, I can feel the pain and not be damaged more.

What happened last night was funny, annoying and intriguing all at the same time. On the left side of me, was a person dreaming clearly and wanting to travel to a time 20 years before in Togo. On my right side was a very drunk man who lived in and out of Lome, Togo 20 years before, and had inside his drunken brain the memories, and maybe was damaged goods as a remnant of that time.

Two person from two world, and I was feeling both of them at the same time however the gap between the two was too great, and the one was extra drunk.

Old people, people have lived through difficult situation can explain, then when you tune in to their channel you can start to see their story in your mind eye.

I was fortunate; I ask my 88-year-old friend before he died, and who jumped of a boat in Normandy on D-Day in WW II,
- Marvin, what did you think about? -
I got to travel to that day with him, complete with anger, sadness and relief of survival.

To time travel to the past through the window opened by the people who lived through an age, people must slow themselves down to listen. In a world that is continues to increase the value of new and decrease the value of old, no one wants to listen to real history as told by real people.

My one acquaintance has given me a glimpse of Togo 20 years ago, driving down from Germany through Algeria, Niger to Lome, Togo. He also has all the wounds, scars, and pains of this real trip through time he carries.

Reference on the fictional Empath:

Togo Time Travel

The Ant my Travel Enemy

The Ant my Travel Enemy
Lome, Togo West Africa
Thursday, June 7, 2007

A close up photo of some ants eating away at some unknown insect that is smashed and lying dead on the floor of my hotel room. There are many insects in my room, little flea types, ants, big one, little one and of course the world famous cockroach. I am starting to consider the cockroach as just an ugly friend, because I hear they eat bedbugs.

Nevertheless, I call the Ant,

MY Travel Enemy!

I thought I was doing well; I paid 800 CFA about 1.50 US to buy the insecticide to spray my room for bugs. I thought I was being clever, then what happens, I gave my number one enemy a free lunch, and I paid.

What happened?

I sprayed the room, as I hope I understand, I do not know, I was not watching this bug die. Ok, I sprayed the room, really good, I used the whole can, I think afterwards this bug fell onto the floor, I suspect I step on it and spattered it on the floor when I was making my bed. The guts and glory spread out on the floor, then along came the ants to feed.

Just when you think you got them, they got you, I despise ants, and I have totally stopped eating any sugar candy in room. If I have a wrapper from a candy, I would throw it out of my room. I will not put it in the waste or rubbish bin in my room; it is thrown outside the room.

I do not feed ants, I hate these mini cannot be seen so small ants, the crawl on my body, in my hair, I can feel them, I know they are there.

Ok, no more free meals, I am going to sweep my room.

Note, there is a big hollow space under my concrete bed, I do not like to look, I often find used Condoms, and I am not brave. I am going to have this area swept and cleaned of ant food.

Ants, Insects, Annoyances, Togo,

The Ant my Travel Enemy

Doing Business With Liars

Doing Business With Liars
Lome, Togo West Africa
Thursday, June 7, 2007

Is it possible for the majority of people in a country to lie more than the tell the truth? The answer is no, unequivocally no, but sometimes as a rich many in a poor country I believe the answer is yes. However, then you say to me,
- I am not rich! -

Sorry, I am sorry, perception is more important than reality, and the truth is you are rich walking around in 80 percent of the countries on the planet, and in about 2 percent you are poor.


Assume the average United States person earns 30, 000 US per year.

What would you think… if a person told you, I paid 60,000 US for a plane ticket to Africa? You say,
- You are RICH! -

You are rich, if you come from the USA, Europe, in some way took an airplane flight into West Africa, then you must be rich.


The average person in Togo is earning about 730 US Dollars per day.

A round trip ticket from Chicago to Togo should be about 1500 US Dollars, and wildly higher is you do not know what you are doing and an travel agent takes the advantage.

Congratulations, if you always dreamed about being rich, you can be, travel to India, Africa, Southeast Asia and you can revel in the joys of being rich. Taxis, cars, women, bars, all the debauchery and the fast life you could every want, you can be a jet setter, for once in your life you will not have to work for the man and you will be rich.

Also enjoy the good life, every person will come up and beg for money, ask you for favors and tell you many lies to try to earn money from the rich man. You will be famous, every person will stare at you, look at you and never allow you a moments peace.

These are the four major types of reason people lie off the top of my head with very little thought on the planet.

1. Lies for financial gain.
2. Lies to avoid to not be proven a fool. (Save Face)
3. Lies to increase appear a higher class level. (Not be low class)
4. Lies for protection of privacy, safety, and to remain separated.
(I am not from the USA) (I do not make much money.) (I have to leave, I have an appointment.)

Doing business with liars? Ok, who is a liar? I was a Estate Broker in the USA and I often am asked, why did you stop, I say,
- Who wants to listen to liars all day. -

Could you imagine being a car salesperson?

People think it is the sale person who lies, the truth is when it behooves a person to lie, when they believe they can say one small lie and make 1000 dollars.

Hello sir,
- How many miles doe you trade in have on it? -
Your answer is, no use in explaining, you now the lies you will tell.

Buying a home, buying a business, an the number is 100, 000, 200,000, 300,000 USA Dollars, one lie and the believe the can increase their gain by about 5000 US dollars.
In my estimation when I was a Real Estate Broker, at least 9 out of 10 people I did business with started the relationship with massive amounts of lies and slowly started to open up and tell the truth.

Hello, my name is Andy, how can I help you.
Blah Blah Blah and then I ask,
- What is your telephone number? -
The say,
- 523-0000 -

Thank you, I am looking at the caller ID and think, wow, they could be a little smarter, this one is on the slow side.

Did you lie on your taxes last year?

If the answer is yes, then please think, try to understand, so did all the other people you know, you can hear them brag about how they cheated the government out of tax money in the bar, the restaurant anywhere. I am amazed how people will just tell me, I did this and that and saved 20,000 dollars in taxes.

So how do you do business with liars? The truth is, you do it every day, all day, ever minute of every day. If the richest man the world walked into your life would you ask him for money, a small amount of money to set you up in business, or would you ignore him.

I am in Togo, I walk into a business here, I am the richest man they ever met.

You assume I cheated on my taxes, wrong, I did not, but I did lie, I showed I owed more money than was the truth, and then paid more last year the was correct. This is true. I did not want the government of the USA to think I was greedy, paying no taxes puts up red flags. Shame on me, I paid more taxes than I truthfully owed.

Lies, Business Section, Export Import, Togo, Money

Doing Business With Liars
Traces Left
Lome, Togo West Africa
Monday, June 4, 2007

I have found traces left of a large West Africa overland trip by a truck. I was lost for words, if you knew me in person, you would know, I never stop talking. This truck is huge, I am going to have to put this one on the back burner of my brain and think. Why do they need such a big truck, I do not think it will be traces left, they will leave solid marks.

I think he said 17 tons.

These are the two West Africa or Africa overland travelers who are the owners of the truck. Staying in something called the Alice Camping in Baguida near Lome, Togo about a trip of 15 Kilometers straight east of the Ghana - Togo, Border a 2000 CFA taxi trip with no boxing.

Alice Hotel and Camping - Not correct name… more or less a German speaking Camp and Hotel, nice place in a German way. The German Expat commune seems to be in Baguida and the French one around the Galion Hotel area.

Lome, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
06 degrees 10.079 North
001 degrees 20.426 East
8 Meters of altitude above sea level
Parking big enough for Whales
Ghana Border to Alice Camping is 16 Kilometers
Rooms are 3000 Mille - 6 US to start and no screen, Mosquito Nets.
2000 to 1500 CFA ride from the Ghana Board with Car Taxi.

Sequence of countries visited is being painted on the back of the truck. As I understood, they took three months to travel to from German to Ghana. --- Germany, France, Spain, Maroc, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, I guess about 10-18 days per country. Stayed three months in Ghana, now in Togo and will leave for Benin today.

This German Man Truck, same idea in Vehicles and the first time I have ever seen this type of cement truck trip, he did a Senegal to Togo route, along the coast. A unique trip, as he is the first I have met who has followed this path. I have to search for these people as they need large parking spots and appear to be doing large jumps. I do small hops of above 100-200 Kilometers while as best I can tell the parking dictates their trips.

There is some hazy logic being used on the budgets, I think more about controlling the quality of life than saving mone.

Going Crazy While on the Road

Going Crazy While on the Road
Lome, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I call it losing the plot, Alex Garland in the book, The Beach continually alludes to this danger, I think about it, I feel it, and there is always a creeping worry.
Will I go crazy?

Here are a couple of comments from people who wrote personal email to me about this real danger. I think they both wrote these comments as something to say, or as or of some sub-conscious knowledge of a real danger.

I have seen many people go crazy from travel, it is not a joke, I am not joking, and this is a real danger.


Hello Andy, I have been following your site and newsletter for many years- congratulations on staying human. (… )
Bonne Chance Tony
June 05, 2007

Peace, Andy. I hope you are doing well. I think often about you and your travels and the times that we met. Keep doing what you need to do to ward off going crazy while on the road
(… )
May 31, 2007


Why do people go crazy? I could write a 225-page book, full of the many ways and real example, I do not know where to start so I will finish.

If you can keep your head when all about you
- Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too; -
--- Rudyard Kipling

Going Crazy While on the Road

I Once Was Lost but Now Am Found

I Once Was Lost but Now Am Found
Lome, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I have been lost wondering in the wilderness. It does not feel good be lost, there is a sense of being weak, traveling by nature leads to a feeling of being lost or separated from the pack. Yes, although we make a free will choice, I do sometimes feel like I am not included, I am being excluded from groups. I feel a little ostracized from my own tribe, culture, ethnic group or caste.
My goal to travel was never to escape my family, friends or many of the small social groups, I personally did not see it as leaving home, just living a different way. I probably talk more with some of my family by internet than I did when I live close to them, because we write letters. I did want to escape the I-HAVE-TO-WORK or I am not OK mentality of the USA.

I do not want to return to the USA, I do want some of the benefits. I have found that living abroad has some problems.

The rapid change of the internet from sending newsletter to RSS feeds and blogs has cut me off from reading the current news of the world. I used to be able to read many newsletters, now they are almost gone. I found a solution, to the lack of empathy for the world that makes RSS feeds. The real global world or 80 percent of the planet does not have a 24/7 connection, we still need to download and read emails to do so cheaply. Now I have a work around and can read their RSS feeds offline.

Cut of from the Internet!
West Africa internet café or cyber cafes are so bad, I would almost say, there is no internet in West Africa. Now there is, as I am almost positive within the next two years all of West Africa will have GPRS internet connection by using a cell phone, so I am back.

Cut off from the Travelers in Africa!
Africa cut me off from Travelers, I have not be able to find them, I was not excited to look, but I found it strange an a little unnerving to not be able to ask them a few questions.

This isolation from travelers or better yet, people doing multiple country trips. In Africa there are these wanna be something’s that travel or are tourist but just do a 1-2 or 1-3 country shuffle, they do not do a good 5-10 country dance. I think a traveler is a person that at least gets beyond 3, maybe I am making up some more rules… as I go.

I think I found the Travelers in West Africa; I keep reading the guidebooks and thinking.
- A person has to be a Fou, has to be a NUT, and has to want to die to live in a tent and camp in West Africa. -

NOTE: Just because you never heard of a person, dying when they are camping does not mean it does not happen! A missing traveler is only missed by his family and friends, they just vanish.

However, duh, it finally hit me, this is not for camping, it is for his motor home, caravan, 4-wheel drive with piles of junk on their roofs to park, it is not for camping, and it is for parking a motor home. Parking is the need, not the camping; they need to park their home, then maybe a little camping.

I am found 4 travelers, they are in a camp site. I can now make first contact with the multiple country travelers in West Africa. I will go to the Camp Sites or Parking lots for the 4-wheel drive people.

Nobody wants to be in any forced seclusion, I know deserted islands, it is not a great place, unless you want to go crazy, the perfect.

I can tell you many stories of people getting robbed who camped.

Maybe all this information in somewhere in the Christian Bible:
Joshua 5:9–12; Psalm 32; II Corinthians 5:16–21; Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32; III Nephi 4:44–52; Doctrine and Covenants 152:4a

hehehe, want to get brownie points with my Mom, quote the bible.

I Once Was Lost but Now Am Found

Ask The Scarecrow Where to Go

Ask The Scarecrow Where to Go
Lome, Togo West Africa
Monday, June 4, 2007
Shortly, Dorothy pauses at a crossroads

Dorothy: Now which way do we go?
Scarecrow: Pardon me. That way is a very nice way...(pointing one direction)
Dorothy Who said that?
Don't be silly, Toto. Scarecrows don't talk!
Scarecrow: It's pleasant down that way too!...(pointing in another direction).
Dorothy: That's funny. Wasn't he pointing the other way?
Scarecrow: Of course, people do go both ways (pointing in two opposite directions),
Scarecrow: That's the trouble. I can't make up my mind. I haven't got a brain. Only straw.
Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know. Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?
Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right.

Ask The Scarecrow Where to Go

I Came to Togo to See Togo

I Came to Togo to See Togo
Lome, Togo West Africa
Saturday, June 2, 2007

Why in the F#~K, would I pay 900 US dollars for a one-way Airplane Ticket to Togo and eat in a French Restaurant?

I think I have said variations of this comment weekly in West Africa, sometimes it takes a gut level reaction for me to get in touch with my inner child.
- I want what I want, and I do not care, give it to me. -

I want to SEE TOGO!

I am a traveler, I am selfish, I had some girl write me, in your
- Throw away people way, you just discarded our friendship. -

Some casual email writer, who became very angry when one day I totally disagreed, and she started to insult me, call me names, and now say this. I find readers want me to be the same as them, and I am not, go figure everybody is unique, we disagree.

Togo ONG
Togo NGO
Togo Volunteers
Togo Peace Corps
Togo Guidebooks
Togo Web Sites

Hmm, listen to the noise and think, please I came to Togo to see Togo.

- Excuse me Sir, will one of you point me toward Togo, I seem to have gotten lost in France, Germany or some Volunteer Headquarters, I want to leave the Five Star Hotel and walk around in Togo. -

Food in a Togo Restaurant, served by Togo people, and prices at Togo prices. This is Togo Meat for one US Dollars at the Bronco Bar on the beach of Lome, Togo near the Ghana Border. This is Togo, the more trendy Togo, however at the core, it is Togo.

Lome, Togo West Africa
Restaurant Coordinates - Bronco Beach Bar
Monday, June 4, 2007
06 degrees 06.901 North
001 degrees 12.301 East
0 Meters of altitude above sea level

I want what I want, I want to see Togo, I do not want to see a bunch of drunk French, German and UNHCR people sitting around in a wanna be rich in a poor country bar.

Please, please, I am tired of you, can you focus, remember, tourist, we pay heaps of money to come see a country. I really do want to see Black People, I like all people, I want to see Togo people, and I did not come to avoid all of them!

There is some term sailor’s use, I cannot remember…
- Steady as she goes. -
- Stay on course -
- Toe the line -

Keep your priorities in line…

I have found some funny pages.

- Surpassing All Previous F--k-Ups.
(This for sure applies to the tourism industry in West Africa)

Set and Drift – Refers to the behavior of a ship under the influence of wind and current; both deflect the ship from its intended course. ‘Set’ is the direction of that deflection, and ‘drift’ is the speed in knots of the displacement. A vector.

Brouchette a.k.a. Gristle on a stick

Ok, I am joking, there are some excellent brochettes somewhere in West Africa and I just have not seen them yet. That is not true, these cost about 100-200 per stick and are terrible, really is Gristle on a stick. However one time I had very good, in one of the rich wanna be Noble Class stay away from the Third Estate French places, I ate very good ones for 3500 CFA or 35 times the cost…

Maybe sometimes the best way to see West Africa is not to describe in what to see, however what NOT to see.

Situation Normal, All F----d Up
F----d Up Beyond All Repair
Head Up The Ass
Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
Fun in the Navy (alternatively, F--k The Navy)
Do I Look Like I Give A F--k
F--k It, I've Got My Orders
Stand The F--k By

Les Brochettes del Capitale

AVOID this place, it is gristle on a stick go to the Bronco Bar on the beach and hope the boys are still in business.

What kind of logic is this, cybernetics, maybe it is about feedback, there are two ways to choose where to travel or what to see, one is by searching for what you like the other is to get feedback on how to avoid a bad situation. The internet being full of liars and people who speak sweet words, (Sweet Words is the international words used by non-English speaker to say, you are feeding me a line of Bulls--t or ingratiation or sucking up.)

25 good and 75 bad information.

I know what I like, but I have had 10 years of practice, the truth is everyone knows what they like, they just have trouble remember to say to themselves.
- Why am I here, I do not really like this. -


There is an extreme amount of French, German, NGO, or European ways of avoiding Togo people.
1. Restaurant too expensive for Togo people.
2. Hotel with only things that a foreigner would like.

I suppose the biggest way they stop is price, however there is number 3.

3. To have many prostitutes in the establishment, or waiting for Cadeau girls, this means or implies to a nice girl.
- You walk in that Hotel; you will be called a whore. -

This is somewhat hard to see until you invite a nice girl in to your hotel and she refuses to enter, then you in reverse start to understand the reputation of the hotel with the locals, this is the place where all the white me go with the pay-to-play girls.

So in the haze of Africa sunset, the separations or reality and lies is difficult, however in a place where the normal amount of bad tourist information is at about 98 percent and not the normal 75 percent tourist need to remember.

I came to Togo to see Togo

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