Three Good Reasons to Travel
Lome, Togo West Africa
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Legal Notice posted on Beach - Maybe legal, or maybe just a wanna be legal notice.
Les Trois Interdits
The Three Forbiddens
Amende 5000 F or CFA
5000 CFA fine or about 10 US Dollars, about one-third months pay.
Aidez-nous a maintenier notre plage propre
Help us to maintain our beach clean.
My first thought,
- Why would you want to stop tourism? -
Come on, the truth is people travel to South America, Africa and all the remote or off the beaten path to see people behave this way, they want this… I guess and agree, it would be good for the Togo people, there are close to zero tourist here in Togo.
I have been sitting on the beach and watching many or two of three of these per day, maybe the WC is under control a small small as they say. However, it would take work to avoid watching a man urinate on the beach or about anywhere for longer than say 20 minutes, that is about the longest stretch of time before the next tourist show.
I personally enjoy more the walking around the markets shows, normal life and not the part you wish to avoid.
I thought, I will take three photos to match up with the sign, not what I like to do, but why not, something to do, then as I was walking around Decon looking for a 12 volt to 220 converter, I come up on this women. She is standing up and urinating. I never knew women could do this, but it is very common to see a woman stand to do so, pull their underwear to the side and squirt.
This one was more crazy, she was topless, bottomless and all sorts of interesting behaviors. She is standing in front of what I would call the central location of women of the night called Panini and screaming at people. I have been hearing about Panini from Togo men now for about two months, amazing what the men of the world learn about, then tell you, ask about a Hippo and the country has no idea, ask about Panini and they all know Lome. I was getting curious, what is a Panini. I thought it was a street, now I learned it is a bar. I still am not clear, but then again, I never wanted to know or listen.
Culture is the top, bottom and all layers in between.
I am trying to get my brain around why some of the crazy people in Africa just seem crazier than what is average and normal for the world. Crazy is normal, homosexuals are normal, many things are normal. Poverty, prostitution, and driving a carl like a crazy person is normal. The so-called advanced country, about 20 percent of the planet somehow pass and enforce laws to stop crazy.
However, I am not sure, African culture is more aggressive than normal, and I think you take a very aggressive person, then when they become truly nuts, crazy, this is a noisy and difficult person.
Tourism, Urination, Trash, Defecate, Togo, Crazy People
Three Good Reasons to Travel