Travel Quiz --- What is Wrong Here in Kpalime, Togo West Africa?
Is it that you're walking with traffic instead of against traffic?
Yes 100 percent correct --- Yet, I made this video for another problem and got two problems by accident. Sadly, I did not realized I was walking on the wrong side of the road. When I answer the second reason, we can hope to agree there is even a more serious problem here.
Is it the fact that pedestrians have to walk in the road and that the motorcycles disregard the pedestrians' space?
Answer to Travel Quiz? Do not stop your hearing by using a headset. Do not create target fixation by looking at a camera, or cell phone, it is just plain stupid, unwareness at it peak.
We are not suppose to text and drive, walking with music headsets disable our hearing, which in a country that honks it horn every 2 seconds is silly. We should not text and walk, we should not talk on the phone and walk. When, we are indeed walking on the road, and we should if possible, NOT WALK ON THE ROAD, when there is a sidewalk, and here on this road, there is a sidewalk, and amazingly the locals do not use it, only 25 percent.
When we go out, and about, walking in foreign countries I believe getting hit by a car is the number one way to die. There are two side of the coin, the person walking, and the drivers of the cars. We cannot control what the cars do --- we can only control what we do.
Saying to walk against the traffic is 100 percent correct, we should do this always.
Your comment about the drivers being in the pedestrian path is the actions of the moto and car drivers, and I am amazed how many times people drive down the road the wrong way…
What are we doing when we walk down the road against traffic? We are making ourselves aware of oncoming dangers, as we can see the ongoing actions of drivers. When they come from behind our eyes are closed.
Ears and eyes, ears and eyes, touch and smell are not going to do a lot of good walking down the road.
I should not be walking down the road with a headset in my ear, removing one of my senses. I should not walk down the road with extremely dark sunglasses. Situational awareness is the goal.
I purchased some military type “Tactical Glasses,” I thought they were to make me better aware. Yet, they had this dark piece of material on the side, which is good to stop dust in my eyes. But, they shout off my peripheral vision, like putting blinders on a basketball player, anal as it gets for a person getting attacked, to dimish the eyesite is not the goal of situational awareness, but indeed there are people who are just unaware.
That's funny! I didn't even consider the headphones because I stupidly thought of them as part of the video making separate from the walking around. You are 100percent right about having all senses engaged when being out and about. It's also another good reason not to spend too much time out after dark.
Also, regarding the sunglasses, I completely agree. I have no idea why people seem to like glasses that intentionally reduce their peripheral vision. I always choose sunglasses that have normal, non-thick temples or that have lenses that actually wrap. Also, I try to wear the correct type of lens for whatever the current conditions are. I generally end up with amber lens on in bright sunshine and yellow lens on in more overcast conditions. Both of those lens change the colors of what you're seeing more than grey lens, but they also increase contrast, which is nice for driving.
Anyway, that's long and rambling, but the point is that it's important to pick the right tool.
There are HUGE holes in the sidewalk here in Togo, Ghana is even worst. I would be scare to death to bring my 81 year old mother here, and walk at night. At all times, I have two flashlingts on me, one on cell, and another on key chain. I refuse to live without them now.