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ISSUE 204 by HoboTraveler.com
A Hobo trip around the world. Year 9
Written October 1, 2006 -  Sent on November 30, 2006.
SUBJECT: Benin, Niger, West Africa
TIP: Electrical Adapters I Carry

LOCATION of Andy now: Manila Phlippines
GPS: Global Positioning Satellite Longitude - Latitude
Location of Andy today:
14 Degrees 34.493 North / 120 Degrees 59.023 East
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How I feel today, or a start down
the proverbial travelers path.

If I could wake up in a different place,
at a different time, could I wake up as
a different person?
- Fight Club - The Book


Landmine Hotels
- A budget Traveler has a budget.
When the guidebook avoid the price, does
not tell the price, Hotels become like landmines.
The budget can blow up. Advice without a price,
is not nice...


- To be filthy with dirt.
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A lot of photos - The world unedited...

Kandi Benin Hotel
Kandi Benin
Kandi Benin Photos

Niger Benin Border
Niger Border to Dosso
Niger Huts
Peanut Butter
Niger Grain Silos
Dosso Niger to Zinder Bus
Niger Photos
Niger Girls
Zinder Niger ONG NGO
Burning Africa
Eden Foundation
Tonout Niger Food Project
Malnutrition Feeding Center Zinder Niger
Zinder Niger Photos
Medecins Sans Frontieres Niger
Bus Zinder to Niamey Niger
Africa Photos
Grand Bassam Hotel

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Hobo was here and goes there...

That is a list of jumps I have made
since the last newsletter.

Natitingou, Benin to Kandi, Benin
Kandi, Benin to Dosso, Niger
Dosso, Niger to Zinder, Niger
Zinder, Niger to Niamey, Niger
Niamey, Niger to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire to Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand to Bandung, Indonesia
Bandung, Indonesia to Jakarta, Indonesia

I wrote this in Natitingou, Benin, staging point to
see the Somba Ethnic groups or go to the park and
see the Hippos in the country of Benin.

Map of Ghana  Map of Togo
Map of Benin  Map of Niger  Map of Burkina Faso

Until I return… West Africa

I am not sure; I had either Malaria or Food Poisoning,
in the country of Niger. The recovery process has
delayed this newsletter for way too long.

I have accidentally traveled to a current events situation,
I am in Manila, Philippines and a Typhoon is to arrive in
less than 12 hours. I am safe in my normal concrete room,
 however, I know that many people are in harms way.
 I suppose it is time to talk with the good Gods.

I wish to request a favor, please click on this link,
no need to read, just click; it is a good thing.
Malnutrition Solutions

Until I return… West Africa
(Written in the country of Benin, West Africa)

I am ready; I am wrapping up my brain, ending one
plot and entering another. Life has many channels;
the channel I have chosen for the last three months
is West Africa.

I have bitten off just a small chunk, only Cote d’Ivoire,
Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger and a piece of
Burkina Faso.

Six countries, this continent has 53 countries, this
will be my project, to eat the countries of Africa,
and taste them in the next few years.

What I have learned?

I must speak French, West Africa is French, not the
first language of the people, and however, the
language of business and travel, English is of little
value. I have a good start; I have travel French
under my belt.

I think the Non Governmental Organizations have
claimed Africa as their poster child, they have
become part of the culture of Africa. It is an occupying
force, and in my opinion 95 percent causing greater
harm to the cultures.

My dreams, ideas, presumptions, preconceived notions
told me that Africa had no roads, a land where you
needed a four-wheel drive vehicles. I am wrong, it
appears that West Africa has great roads, and easy
to travel by Van, Caravan, Motor Home, 4-wheel Drive,
SUV, or any junker will work.

There are great roads in all the countries I visited,
although to travel into the sand can be difficult, and
in reality, the best form of transportation for West Africa
would be an off-road type motorcycle.

West Africa is flat, hard to get a real mountain growing,
this makes the cars, buses, and all transport clear sailing.

Africa has some bullies, groups of men, they like to be
Macho, I think it may be easier to be a woman and
travel in West Africa, the women would not be in this
24/7 macho test of manhood.

Amazingly low amount of theft, almost like Asia,
and in some ways easier, there are less people.

There are not many people in West Africa, if you avoided
the big cities. There are few tourists, there are few
people, and you never get an I-am-too-crowded feeling.

Hotels, there are 90 percent MOTELS. They cater to
people with cars, like, I said, there are great highways.

20 US Dollars Per night is easy or 20 Euros, this price
you can rent an air-conditioned room with screens on
the windows. The NGO have inflated the prices to a
level of ridiculous for some of the poorest countries
on the planet.

Food is outrageous; to have a lunch is 10 US dollars in
restaurant that would serve normal western food. I believe
a person should cook with an electric hot plate.
Street food is available, sometimes.

The cost of food in a grocery store is double Europe or
the USA and the majority appears to be owned by
Lebanese people.

The transportation is animal likes in behavior, they
will pack five people in one seating area, a Peugeot
Station Wagon, called a Bush Taxi by the guidebook
and something else by the locals, however, it is cheap.
Big buses can go between major cities with no problem.

A car or van is probably the best option, to go by public
transportation is cheap, but in the end, sleeping in the
Van, Camping, comfort and cooking, the cost of the
Van would be offset the cost of buying a Van.
I think it would be cheaper.

The guidebooks are written for people with cars, they
do not have a list of real backpacker hotels. It is Motels
and there is a need for a guidebook with the backpacker
mentality, save money at all cost, sacrifice and stay
in budget.

I saw 11 in three months, only people on the road are
ONG - NGO or Volunteers doing big business, and
spending lots of money.

Please go to West Africa to see culture, a life different,
a life simple, an understanding of ethnic groups,
of how people defined themselves before they forgot
they were part of a group. People in West Africa,
when you leave the city, are defined by scarification,
clothing, jewelry and how they behave. There is more
ethnic groups than a person could every visit.

A conqueror, colonizers, slavers, shipping, Ivory, Gold,
there was money made in Africa and they built forts to
protect themselves.

Africa is about people for me, however most people
only go to a park; call it Safari, and looks at Animals.

I am amiss to understand why every young man in
Europe is not wondering around in West Africa,
I am an older man, and literally you have to be careful
who you say hello too, or the girls will come knocking
on the hotel door. I am not joking, they come to the room.

I see West Africa as a big logging area; they stripped
all the trees from West Africa and left the stumps. It is a
large scraggy look, where they cultivate less than
30 percent of the available land. It is not farmed, except
for maybe Cote d’Ivoire; it is just a patchwork of
small fields, and sloppy farming. It is not beautiful,
what is beautiful is the people.

The loggers raped the place of all trees, and the Africa
people are now in the process of burning the rest as
cooking fuel. The biggest problem with West Africa is
not hunger, jobs, malnutrition, water, AIDS or whatnot,
it is they are burning Africa every day to cook their meals.

It is bleak, everyone wants to work for a project, an NGO,
or be a boss. To be the boss in West Africa is to do
nothing. To sit and do nothing. They are sitting waiting
for someone to come and save them, but I am sure
there will be no saviors, only NGO in the process of
making larger and larger beggar nations.

Africa has all it needs to be incredibly prosperous,
I am not sure they are willing to work.

I love of the small village market, life of normal people,
anywhere they have not been taught to ask for money.
To somehow escape into the smallest of life in
West Africa and there are ethnic groups that are
curious, I be curious of them, and they be curious of me.

A person needs to buy a round trip ticket, unless
maybe they are flying to Senegal or The Gambia.
The cost of plane tickets inside or to Africa is almost
double of the rest of the planet.

I will do either the Ethiopia area or the Senegal area
in February of 2007; I may start in the Ethiopia area
because it is easier to find a plane out of Africa.

I will never forget some of the smiles, the eyes, the
smiling black faces staring at me. I am tired of
angry people; the USA black person is angry,
difficult and hostile. It was so love inspiring to meet
black people who did not care that I was white, there
was no me, no you, yes, I was the rich white man,
but there was no looking, searching, looking, trying
to find a reason to not like each other. In West Africa,
the black people tried to find a reason to be my friend.

West Africa is a nice place, where people are trying
to find an excuse to talk with you and be your friend…

Think about it, people working to make friends,
not afraid of people, Africa!

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I have connected to electricity in many ways.

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NOTE - There is always a way to buy the adapters
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IF you buy anything before, buy these adapters,
 a way to make a plug out of light bulb socket.

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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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