Variety is the spice of life, a.k.a.--- I am incapable of enduring the same people and food longer than three months.
I used public transportation, and made what I consider a very easy voyage between Kara, Togo and Natitigou, Benin yesterday. Yet, I am positive that only 1 in 100 tourist in Africa use public transportation in to cross this border. the other 99 cross in private transportation. (80 percent of tourists in Togo work for NGO's.)
I am not the normal 99 percent of tourists, therefore I can only try to empathize, I cannot be them. It is therefore my guess they believe that Africa public transportation is unacceptable for many reasons, and they use some juicy rationalizations to justify their purchase of cars that cost more than a whole village here.
My guesstimates on why white people do not use public transportation in Africa?
60 percent refuse to share a vehicle with black people.
9 percent are too fat to enter normal public transportation.
30 percent feel out of control unless they drive their own vehicle.
1 percent do use public transportation.
Even the Peace Corps has special private vans to take them to their final destination.
In defense, 25 percent of Peace Corps volunteers, (The do receive money) quit, if the Peace Corps did not, then 80 percent would quit, not 25 percent. And if you buy this idea that we send Peace Corps people to other countries to help, then I have a bridge to sell you. There is an excellent reason to send Peace Corps to other countries, it is so the 1 in 100 Peace Corps volunteer can return to the USA, be a spy, work in the government, help the USA to understand where to spend billions of dollars.
Generally, we spend billions of dollars only on the proviso they buy American made stuff with the money.
Variety is the spice of life, and deciphering the global lie is what makes travel the best soap opera.