Cotonou Benin Cotonou Benin Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I think this may be one of the champions of the world for Smog, there is an overabundance of motorcycle smoke, a white cloud follows the streets, and it is easy visible. There is not an overwhelming sense of heat or anything, the city seems happy enough, however more crowded then normal for cities in West Africa.
I feel it would probably be a good start for any traveler weak on French, Ghana for sure is good, however this is also good, they seem to speak English more than normal, probably because the English speaking influence of Nigeria.
A good trip would be to fly to Abidjan, go to Cotonou and leave, sort of Christian along the coast Trip. Alternatively, Cotonou to Abidjan by land and leave. Not that the plane ticket would be cheap. Any cheap round trip for an American to Cote D-Ivoire then my present path would be excellent, Cote d-Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, back to Cote d-Ivoire and out. American not needing a visa to Cote Ivoire makes this path easy.
The amount of sales going on in Cotonou, reminds me of Accra, Ghana, however both are overwhelming at moments. I passed though on Accra… I almost got on a bus for the north. I suppose the internet needs tie me down.