I Travel North to Adeta Togo
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Friday, April 20, 2007
I will leave the city of Kpalime and probably take a Moto to the city of Adeta, Togo or somewhere close to there, I am guessing it is about 30 Kilometers or about 18 miles.
This is a very short distance; however, I hope it is full of small mountains and a winding jungle cool road. I am going towards the mountains to buy time until it starts to rain, to cool off the Hotel rooms. There is very little Jungle in West Africa like you think of in the moives.
I made a mistake on the map, oops, too late now, I just cannnot see them, my brain does not focus in that method.
This is a map of my route between Cell Phone Cells or Antennas. I have fours maps I am using.
1. Encarta Encyclopedia on the computer.
2. Roughguides.com Guidebook.
3. GsmWorld.com Togocel.tg cell phone map, the one above.
4. Carte Routiere Et Touristique - A paper map, purchased in a bookstore for 5000 CFA.
I would say the Carte Routiere et Touristique is the best, and seems to have the proper size of the city names, to coordinate with the size of the real cities.
Richard Trillo of the Roughguides.com recommended the Michelin Map and I really did not have time to buy in the USA before leaving. I do not know if it was in English or French. I prefer French because it is the language of business here.
My Encarta Encyclopedia is handy, easy to use, however the cities, roads and what is big or small is always suspect. The guidebook tends to keep with the main cities mentioned in the guidebook and guides. I not so fond of tourist, therefore I like to leave the guidebook routes and travel different.
What is really a benefit of this map from Togo or the paper map is all the symbols, the Hippos, the Cacao, the Teak, the various symbols to help me leave the normal tourist routes and wonder around Togo.
I normally do not prepare much to go to a country, I try to snag a guidebook for hotels, but the other information and ideas, I learn or pick up along the way. I sort of call this the sport of travel, if everything is planned and figured out, then where is the sport.
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Danyi Apeyeme, Togo West Africa
Sunday, April 22, 2007
This is a map from Kpalime or from Atakpame, and I guess from Ghana to Danyi Apeyeme, Togo.
The place has electricity, a small village, a couple of rivers, a lot of Christian Churches of various brands, and at least one Mosque.
The GPRS cell phone connection works here, there is a Catholic Mission down the road, and it looks very fancy, I guess you can sleep there, but too far for walking. I do no know if the GPRS works there.
There is one, what looks to be closed Auberge on the way to Adeta from here, I think just outside the city, maybe open.
To come here, you go to Adeta and turn East, and hope you go the right directions, but you can ask. Moto from Adeta to here is supposed to be 1000 CFA, from Kpalime, about 2500-3000 CFA.
Nice little typical type village and friendly, cooler and a lot less aggressive than the down in the flatland city of Koti, Togo.
07 degrees 12.203 North
000 degrees 41.452 East
795 Meters of altitude above sea level
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Monday, April 23, 2007
I left my Danyi Apeyeme, Togo Homestay for a strange reason, Chris has been writing me about my battery project, I want to get to Atakpame to play with the motorcyle batteries. I may have some toys sent from the USA, I need to find a Peace Corps person to find out how to have things sent, I am sure they know about care packages from home… I can always return, but also more quiet than I need with no books to read.
I came down the hill from the Danyi Plateau of something like that, and entered the village of Adeta. I am thinking all the cities started with Danyi; therefore, I just left the city of Apeyeme, Togo, maybe it still on the map as Danyi Apeyeme, Togo.
The taxi drivers are a pain, I asked him the price, he said 1500 and I thought, Ok, the Issa boy at the Chinois Pharmacy said the price was 1000, I knew I was going to be hard pressed for 1000, and so 1500 was ok. I said yes to the price, and the whole way down the driver kept whining about 2500 or something and 2000, I started saying 1000. I now know, I should have negotiated and complained, tried to get him to take 1000 so he would be happy with 1500. The longer I am on a ride, the more they think to themselves, this is a white guy, I could have gotten more.
I got off the bike in Adeta, held out 2000 CFA and did not give it to him until he gave me the change, all went well.
I was going to stay a night in Adeta, but thought to myself, what is the point in staying in a boom boom Chambre de Passage, nothing interesting although the girls of Adeta appeared better quality than the mountain.
I thought, I would go to Amou Oblo of the village where the Issa man or boy lives with his wife. There was a group of motos; this is always a problem in many ways. I sort of thought, it looked like rain, so I would go and look at the car. This man, as best I can tell claimed me, so he assume I am his, and for sure, I have learned not to get into a car. I opted for a bike, one has said 3500 and I ignored that driver. One said, 2000 so I said, yes, gave him my front bag and got on the back. They proceeded to ride their motorcycles in front of use, and five guys grabbed my bag. The driver was overwhelmed; I finally got of the bad, grabbed the bag and cleared out the five boys from the bag. The whole areas starts to laugh, I was not playing games.
I cannot get them to calm down, so I started walking, it become tiresome to walk and argue with me, and all but two give up shortly following, and the one is my driver I chose. I kept walking, the want to fight and argue, but to work is not what they want to do, so I walked less than 50 meters and was ready to jump on the bike. Finally, I threw the bike, to the drive and said,
- Partir -
He takes off and they all start to holler, and one starts to give chase. The driver starts to slow, I start to pinch him and grab him, in and effort to say, you stop, I will whop you side the head, he takes off again.
There is this African cultural thing, which somehow the people believe they need to listen to a person holler.
After that the life was great, the ride was fast, cool, and on the left side was some taller cliffs and very pleasant. I get to Amou Oblo, a nice city with a river by the name of Amou and try to find an Auberge. I do not want to leave; however, I am not in the mood for room hunting in homes.
Amlame is big, in big letters on the map, and only 500 CFA more, I am from Adeta to Amlame for 2500 CFA, and probably 1000 more than the going rate.
It is not big, seem long, but there is two hotels, one says, Auberge and that normally means cheaper. I find a room, needs a mosquitoe net, all the rooms have nails for mosquito nets, hard to imagine. The toilet and shower are shared, only with a girl though, and she is ok, the Petit Soeur of the owner, or smaller sister.
She likes to walk around with just the beads on around her waist, so I am not complaining. She says she is 19, looks like 30 and I can see the whole thing, I do not know why they always lie, and they want to young so we will marry them, but 19 is too young in my country.
She asked me already for a Portable, he brother says he will give me a Cadeau if I take here with me. Non.
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