Kpalime Togo Second Time Around in Life
I visited Kpalime, a few years ago when my French sucked.
Prior to leaving Lome, Togo, I was not able to make up my mind, for some odd reason when the Moto Taxi asked me where to go, I said,
I am grateful I am not a Travel Writers, at least not the kind that needs to suck up to Advertisers or Guidebooks. The reason is this; if I had to write a simplified explanation on how to travel to Kpalime, I would need to explain there is a Kpalime "Gare" the French word for Station or something, and then tell readers how to get to the Gare.
However, I told the driver I wanted to go the location where they have five Seat Cars; of course, this is all in French, confusing and full of complications. The Moto driver said he was Rasta man; this did not make me feel safe, but did mean that he wanted to speak English; I suppose that is a benefit to this need-to-be-avoided people called Rasha Man in West Africa.
What you do in Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, and more West African countries is take a taxi to a pick up and drop off point on the edge of the city. The cars are stopping to pick up riders, and if you are experienced, speak good French and avoid the nuts you can get a good car to the next city rather easily.
Kpalime, West Africa --- Saturday, November 27, 2010
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This is what they call a "Cinq Place," I am not sure where this word "Place" came from, but it means in English, five seats. Which in reality means the guy is going to put seven people in the car, three in the front, and four in the back. My French has great improved since the first time I was in West Africa and this has made life more comfortable.
Why? Because I can negotiate clearly and easily, if I make a deal, I am sure of the deal and feel confident.
I did not want to sit on the gear shifter, and I did not want to squeeze in the back with a couple of too fat, La Pate fed women, so I negotiated a "deux place - two seats." I paid eight dollars instead of four and did not have to get too close for comfort with the other people in the Car. If I wanted I could buy all the seats and have a private car, but I am too cheap for that, plus more dangerous. Taxi drivers are not going to rob a whole car full of locals.
After we cleared all the police checks, the driver stopped along in the bushes and a couple of boy came over with a large bottle of Gas.
This is smuggled gas from Ghana, I asked the drive how much it cost, he said it cost 500 Franc per liter, and if he purchased in Lome it cost 600 Fran. (CFA) This is about one dollar USA and means they are paying close to three dollars per gallon.
Kpalime is a destruction zone, or a construction zone, as of November 2010, they are installing storm or crap drains in the whole city. And I do mean the whole city, it is a dust bowl. I was amazed; I have never been to a village where the whole town was under construction.
What does this mean to Andy Graham? This is a great time to explain how the sewer systems of the USA is a lot different than the rest of the planet, or the 85 percent of the world called the developing countries, which in reality is the normal world.
Ok, I am in Kpalime, I am on this kick of taking hot dip baths, and mine is getting too hot, so time to take my morning bath and stop typing.
If you have not figure it out, I have again change my writing style, I am returning to a "Travelogue" way of writing, and I write in the more article fashion on specific drill down URL’s in the site, click on home to drill down.
Kpalime Togo Second Time Around in Life
Andy explains his new hip-hop writing style = If you have not figure it out, I have again change my writing style, I am returning to a "Travelogue" way of writing......
Same same but different....
Hey Andy I just scored a nice studio 7th floor condo that catches a nice breeze about 500 yards from Jomtien Beach with a left side ocean view for 7,000 baht a month (about $235 USA a month + A/C and water bill). It also has a nice clean pool away from the crazieness but close enough when need be. Has 2 beds so your welcome to crash when you come home. Pattaya and Jomtien are also under a major construction boom or RE-constuction boom.
It is really strange because you can still see the condo and hotel skeletons of the last boom of 95-97 that never got completed. Looks like there doomed to repeting same mistakes. Just way to much constuction of rooms to be sustained. However It really is booming now, but not with poor American tourists. Loads of Russians and Indians and Middle easterners. The world is changing.
I wrote this way for years, but with a lot less photos, because they called the Blog, a log, but then everyone started writing articles. There is an advantage to an article from a search engine optimization level, in the long run I would earn more money. So because everyone was doing it, I decided to write in that style.
We now have a self-designed content management system that allows me to write many articles on specific subjects. If you click on home, then click on an subject you can see there is the start of a lot of sub-articles.
The great part, if I want to explain how to make a fan quiet, I can write about it and not annoy readers.
I earn the majority of my money from pages that have nothing to do with the Blog, but the Blog is something people can associate with and be happy.
Rasha is mispelled, it should be Rasta. Maybe a Freudian slip and I think of Rasta men as women.
I write these post in 20-30 minutes and publish.
Rasha is the name of a girl from Egypt that used to work for me.