Togo Travel Stories, Page 8

Togo Africa Malaria Medicine

Togo Africa Malaria Medicine
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This is one of many ways a person can take medicine to cure Malaria here in Togo.

Three intravenous serums on three separate days.

Photos of Malaria Medicine.

Quinine Dyhydrochloride

All the assorted vials need for a three day quick recovery. This person had the Doctor come to her house, the cost total was 32 US dollars or one month of her wages.

Togo Africa Malaria Medicine

Africa Hoe Farming

Africa Hoe Farming
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hoe Farming is common in the world; however, it seems small on the internet. I took some videos yesterday of some girls working with hoes in front of their homes. Not a very serious video, however a good example of the hoe used to farm in Togo.

I have been searching now for Hoe Farming and other variations of these words for three hours. Togo farms with a Hoe, there are almost no tractors or oxen plow, they only use a Hoe. This sounds worst than reality, the truth is about anything grows easy, so to have a self-sufficient farm is simple, and not as backbreaking as it sounds. I am moving on to the word self-sufficient or maybe self-sustainable farming and edging away from using the term subsistence farming. The term subsistence farming is interpreted negatively and implies poverty.

There seems to be a difference between a farmer who cannot grow a cash-producing crop because they do not have the land, or natural resources, and the farmer that just will not produce more than their minimal needs because they do not want too. Togo has the latter; they do not grow more than is needed.

Africa Hoe Farming

Africa Cultural Anthropology Research

Africa Cultural Anthropology Research
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I am slowly making videos here in Togo, West Africa. I like Culture, however I have discovered the making of videos instills in me a need to be very accurate with words, titles and captions.
The explaining of one subject by video requires more research to explain the whole story than a normal photo. There is a beginning, middle and end, and this story takes longer than a normal Blog post.

I find I am assembling a large puzzle and have to do Cultural Anthropology Research to finish the puzzle.

I sit and think, how does a University Professor research here in Africa, this is an uncontrollable environment and it took me years to develop the skills I possess. I just do not see the average University Professor who comes to Africa to do Cultural Anthropology Research is ready for task. They would need to live here for one-two years before they would could develop the skill sets required to collect information adequately.

I am tapping into the internet from on site locations, and if I am missing a piece of the puzzle, I can go to the internet and my sphere of influence and friends and tap quickly into sources of knowledge.

These thoughts are enigmatic, because if a person comes to Africa, collects a lot of data, fact, information and photos, etc and returns to the USA or Europe to compile the information into a story. What happens when they forget, did not collect, lost some data. Do they return to Africa or do they just make up their own pieces to the puzzle.

I am finding to collect all the pieces for a five-minute video daunting, and I know I have the skills need to do the job.

Africa Cultural Anthropology Research


Lome, Togo West Africa
Monday, July 23, 2007

Moquerie in French and Mockery in English.

Easy to ignore in Asia where I do not understand any words, and annoying in Africa where I understand half.

There is something primitive about being mocked, somehow, someway language has stopped working and primal value systems take over.

Jealousy and Mockery are brother and sister, and sarcasm is a cousin, and the bully is the father, with gossip the wife.

Mockery is a form of communication that is done with an audience of peers. It requires the recipient to either be naïve, confused, or incapable of understanding the language, culture, or mannerisms of the other people involved. It is a form of cultural abuse.

A cultural delicacy to be observed, but is not to be eaten.


Lome to Kpalime Togo by Motorcycle

Lome to Kpalime Togo by Motorcycle
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Sunday, July 29, 2007

This shows loops of Togo, a loop is a possible path to follow.

2 hours and fifty minutes, porthole to porthole, hotel to hotel and I estimated about 120 Kilometer. The ride was great, the rain has cooled off the country and made it green, the traveling in Togo is slowly becoming more of green lush travel and not hot dust travel. I see now as being a good time to travel in West Africa, as the temperature is cooler, than one, two, or three months ago.

The road between Lome, and Kpalime was great, I counted about four potholes, a two lane highway. However leaving Lome is a mess, the number of people along side the road makes it a maze, and the taxi will just pull over and stop anywhere. I could easiy take movies of them driving backwards down the road to retrieve passengers they passed.

This road between Lome and Kpalime is not as wide as the road between Lome and Atakpame, I think a bike rider would have some trouble at times. I am leaning towards leaving later in the day. West African people do not work very hard, but they do wake up early. I am an early riser and on the sitting next to the same clock, therefore all the Togo people leaving Lome, left at the same time as I. It is possible and probably the traffic would be halved if I left at 11 or noon, as from noon until three is siesta or lay around time here in Togo.

Togo Transportation, Moto, Motorcycles, Togo,

Lome to Kpalime Togo by Motorcycle

The World Compared to What

The World Compared to What
Lome, Togo West Africa
Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Peters Map and The Mercator Map
FIVE STAR look at this...

Our maps are deceptive, they do not allow us to compare correctly.

I need a map…
I now need the People Size Map.

If you had a conversation in person with me, I would say comments like,
- Why is everyone listening to a dinky country like France it only has 60 million people. -
- Holland or the Netherlands is amazing; they really make a big noise for 16 million people. -

Eric has clarified the mystery in my brain, and a reason I got hate mail about 7 years ago. I was in Europe and I commented that Europe was dinky, about the size of the Eastern half of the USA. Some European person, they have this myth, which is false, they believe Europeans know Geography better than American, just not true. Both are equally ignorant, however the man wrote a hate mail to me tell me how stupid I was, and I continue to try to measure distances across Europe and the USA.

Erics comments explaining map problems.

This link is EXCELLENT, I just cannot copy the maps because they are copyrighted differently.

NOT a good perception! This is our traditional map, and takes a ROUND world and put into a box, making adjustments that helps sailboats and planes and navigation.

This is a true size map, as I understand this, sort of in a hurry as I am riding the motorcycle from Lome to Kpalime, Togo today.

Whatever the case, you can see the sizes when shown compared to what correctly show the world in a different way.

Ironically, I was having a conversation yesterday about Togo, and was commenting that the many Volunteer Agencies are very naïve.

I hear comments from Volunteers, and I think,
- You are F -king nuts. -
I do not think, they could be wrong, I think 99 percent they are wrong, but to give notice to myself, it is hard to want to jump up and down when there is still the 1 percent chance they are right and I am wrong.

The world is a comparison, compared to what? Togo compared to the USA is poor, compared to Bolivia it is rich.

The roads in West Africa are excellent, I mean these roads are great, when I hear comments about the roads of West Africa I do come un-glued. There is a road from the bottom of Togo to the top of Togo that is outstanding, and then Benin has the same. Ghana has people in the way… hehehe

However, compare to what, compared to the USA, the road sucks. However, the roads in Europe are horrible compared to the USA. The USA is small, compared to the world because the road system is great.

I need a map of people. The people make cities, the cities get in the way of a bus, they slow the bus down and it takes longer to travel.

I keep trying to figure out a map of the planet according to travel time in a bus, this is the real map a traveler needs. If they have a helicopter they can ignore the bus, the trains are jokes, just some anal, I want to be European Colonial way of thinking that prevails, the world does not have trains, I will admit England did a great job for India and that country should be kissing the Butt of England and saying thank you forever for those trains. Nevertheless, Africa does not have Trains, South America and Central America does not have trains. Asia has trains, but the Buse are winning.

The bottom line, a bus is the way the world travels; you want to judge true what the size of the planet is then figure out how long to travel from coast to coast with a bus, this is the size of the country. If you want to know what a pothole looks like, then figure out the number of people. The travel pothole are the cities, the cities get in the way of transportation. This is Europe, every small city is in the way, nothing is just simple, and you need a train to get through the mess of people.

To quote a very astute observation of a fellow traveler,
- Buses enter places from the front door, while trains come in through the back.-

A good read, he is trapped in the USA, earning money to hit the road and leave the West behind.
The World Compared to What
To touch the planets surface, get into a bus, to know the people enter the front door, not the back door. The world is best measured by taking a bus from coast to coast.

I was speculating, the Volunteers in Africa make could get their heads of their A … ss faster, if they took the bus, car, truck on an overland trip from Europe to their Volunteer country. They need to learn about what they want to fix, before, not after the fact.

What they do now is they Volunteer, knowing nothing, and then after they are done, the go travel around Africa. After they think they fixed something they know nothing about. Better to go travel around before, so when they tell me about Togo, I do not want to say,
- Compared to what country? -

Thanks Eric, the world is making more sense today.

You want to fix the planet, I want to know the 20 plus countries you know, and Europe does not count, if you want to fix a poor country, I want to know the 20 similar countries you have visited. If you want to tell me about Geography, I want you to tell me where Indiana is, in the USA first, then I may listen. It is bigger than the Netherlands.

It is starting to rain, another travelers transportation pothole.

The World Compared to What

20-80 Rule of Travel

20-80 Rule of Travel
Lome, Togo West Africa
Saturday, July 28, 2007

20-80 Rule of Travel

20 percent of the planet thinks they are the 80 percent majority.

20 percent of the planet make the rules, which do NOT apply to 80 percent of the planet.

If you remember this first, this will help your common sense to function properly.

Ask yourself am I the 20 percent or the 80 percent area of the planet?

This is a map of the Human Development Index, and trust me, Mexico, Argentina and Chile are part of the 80 percent.

What I can buy in on 20 percent of the planet, I cannot buy in the other 80 percent of the planet. What I can buy on 80 percent of the planet, I cannot buy on the other 20 percent.

What is needed on 20 percent of the planet is not needed on 80 percent of the planet. Moreover, what the 80 percent need is not necessary for the 20 percent. What you can do on 80 percent of the planet you cannot do in the 80 percent.

Drive a car on 80 percent of the planet, you will learn, the rules are not the same.

I receive all sorts of silly well-intended advice from 20 percent of the planet; some of the best is to go to Home Depot and buy something, or to order a book from

The Europeans like to think 80 percent of the planet agrees with their opinions of the USA, and this is crazy.

If you can buy it easy in Asia or South America, you probably cannot buy it in Europe or the USA and the converse.

In some ways, you can apply the 20-80 percent rules to any country, what I can buy in the biggest city in the country, the 20 percent; I cannot buy in the other 80 percent.

I listen to the Expats here in Lome, Togo and think to myself,
- Have you ever left the compound, have you left Lome? -

Map with the a better color perspective, please also try to count the number of people, not just land mass, Canada and Australia are big countries with very few people.

20-80 Rule of Travel

Tearing up a Map

Tearing up a Map
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, July 27, 2007

This is a save for a rainy day photos….

I paid 11 US Dollars or 5400 CFA for this map of Togo. It is not 90 percent trash, and 10 percent ok to use.

I have torn the map up into four sections; I am tearing up the map. Why, because I wanted to preserve sections of the country I have not visited. Every time I open the map, fold the map, stuff the map into my backpack, I slowly destroy the map. In an effort to save the portions for future use, I decided I need to tear it into pieces.

Now, I thought, I should have done this day one. I am going to tear my map up before I destroy them and not after. I can store the good portions of the map until I need them.

The daily usage of a map destroys a map, by cutting into separate sections I think I can elongate the time of a map.

Note, any person traveling for two weeks does not have to worry. I like my digital on the computer maps, but they are next to worthless when I am in the middle of the road and lost, I need paper. One good option is to print out copies of sections of a country and carry.

Tear it up before you destroy it. This map cost one third the price of my guidebook, this is a travel budget expense, the guidebook has maps also, and the reason to buy a guidebook.

Tearing up a Map

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