Natitingou Benin Hotel Natitingou Benin West Africa Monday, September 25, 2006
I have a low battery and I have no idea when the Auberge will have electricity, I am paying at the bottom, only 3500 probably could get for 2500, but it has had the electricity off all day. I went to two other Hotels and found the electricity on and room for 3500, and 5000. The problem is the Zim or Motorcycle taxis. There is a resistance to leaving when you need to walk a half mile to go somewhere, the Zims are only 100 Francs or 20 cents US, about anywhere in the city of Natitingou Benin, I am hard pressed to complain.
The electricity just came on, the girl was saying something about dix huit or 18:00 hours, it is now 6:20, and however this is suspicious. Is it just this Auberge or Hotel or is it the whole area. The women working in the hotel knew the time when it would come on, I could now hear the neighborhood turn on their stereos. Weird, difficult and does not make me happy.
I like to understand at least, and truthfully, I do not think the management here in the Auberge Centrale speaks French worth a darn, but it is the cheapest in town so far.
I can get a room behind the market, in an unmarked, building down the hill from the center of the market. It is like a bar, television room and looked to have a French Expat smoking cigarettes. It has the flavor or a drink and gets a room hotel, hard pressed to want to rent a room, however the location is great. I would walk through the cultural market, and down that way seems to be normal life homes. I am thinking I will go there when I come back from seeing the Somba, if I come back, on the other hand, not much reason to return. I keep thinking I will use the internet; my only hope is it is faster between 8 and 10 in the morning, and dropped today by the time I got it working.
The other hotel is behind the center big Super Marche, and behind the typical or local market. There is a road behind the market and it T’s with this road and goes down a hill and is on the right. The women is funny and spoke English, however the French Expat did not, as normal the women is a local.