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Adjidogomé Togo

Adjidogomé Togo
Lome, Togo West Africa
Sunday, March 18, 2007

Adjidogome with an apostrophe on the e.
Sur la route de Kpalime

I will leave tomorrow morning by the Peugeot Station wagon method of travel I assume, a collective taxi of sorts and travel to Kpalime, Togo. I am debating about the letter e with the apostrophe on it, it just causes too many problems in web pages and emails to place the accent and spell the word Kpalime correctly.
I will need to test and se how the é shows ups and works, not fun go see a lot of gibberish in pages.

Map of the countries on both sides of Togo, in West Africa.

Yesterday, I spoke with Christine, also called the Footballer, because she like to play Footballer or Soccer. She walks around in semi-of fitted soccer clothes normally and looks to be the Footballer. Ok, she was leaving Lome, and Rene says she was not from then said something that sounded like Gohmay to me or Gomé maybe in French. With a push and shove, I got her to write the city down and she wrote.

Adjidogomé sur la route de Kpalimé

It is best I can tell, on the road or route, on the path to Kpalime, it I maybe 50 mile north of Lome, and somewhere around 500 CFA to travel there by public transportation. I will do my best to find this place. I now leave in about four hours for the place. I expect to take a taxi or moto to the road that leaves for Kpalimé.

I do NOT micromanages the taxi, I do not ask for the Gare or the Stations or anything. I will say,
- Kpalimé -
Or I will write it down and show the Moto or Taxi in Lome, I want to take the highest and best form of transportation to Adjidogomé, not Kpalime, yet is I make an error, I wish to end up in Kpalime.

There is a transportation error made by travelers, they try to tell everyone what to do. The world pretty much can figure out how to take your body to another city. That does not mean, if there is three choice, say Train, Bus, Car, Taxi, Airplane or many choices, they will take you the best, they will take you to what is easy, and big money in that event.

However, Togo, West Africa does not have many choices for public transportation and I have a very small downside in the event of error. I have six hours to find a new hotel that is north of Lome, Togo.

This is my path basically, make me nervous it does not follow along side a river, a village settled would I believe normally settle next to a river, however the water table is easy to find more of the time in West Africa and not a deep hole to dig.

Ok, I will try to go to the village of:
Adjidogomé sur la route de Kpalimé

Christine the Footballer says there is a Hotel there, so I am good to go, and life is ok. IF this does not work, I will get on another bush taxi, or cattle car and move on down the road to Kpalime.

Adjidogomé Togo

Kpalime Atakpame Togo Map

Kpalime Atakpame Togo Map
Kpalime Togo West Africa

I can go left, I can go right, I can both, I will nomadically wonder from place to place with a semi-tentative plan of regrouping in Atakpalme.

I am thinking of first going towards the Ghana Border to find a border hotel. Plus, I like the frontiers or border cities, I like to watch culture clashes. I truly believe any self-respecting guide should have or show a hotel on both sides of a border for safety. When a person gets into a five day haggle over their insurance on a car, motorcycle, when a person bounces off a border for Visa problems, they need to decompress and get a room, life is dangerous when you are being angry.

There are strategic rooms needed in cities, with no big tourist attractions. The borders and near bus stops, are a good start as strategic hotels not tourist hotels.

Michael stopped over and told me these words while I was typing.
- Chambre Passager -

There is a hierarchy of cost here on hotels.
Hotel is expensive
Auberge is below.
Chambre Passager is below and I suspect spelled wrong.

Often everyone say or quotes, that it is not the destination that is important, then take off like a bat out of hell for the next destination, never slowing down until they arrive.

Nomad what does is mean, wonder what does it mean. I take this Hobo Vagabond, wonder the planet nomad like personal.

Kpalime Atakpame Togo Map

Map to Tsevie Togo

Map to Tsevie Togo
Lome, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Maybe a map to Hippos.

I am north of the city of Lome, still in the city, but will move north toward Kpalime, or Atakpame. I am in a debate, I have already traveled the road to Kpalime, however I am trying to figure out my energy, where does my energy wish to push me.

If I go to Tsevie, then I can move over toward the Benin Border and there is this Hippo Icon on my map, maybe I can find a Hippo near a city called Tabligbo. The problem is some form of Travelers idea of never following the same path, in a way, it would be good north to Kpalime, skip on past Kpalime, and cruise around the cooler mountain areas, go further north than come down the center of the country and exit over to Benin, I just do not know how I wish to enter Benin. I cannot figure out a good round-trip path, that would allow me not to travel the same roads again.

I need both a Nigeria and a Benin Visa, however I guess I can get the Benin temporary visa at the border, then get the longer visa in Cotonou or Natitingou in the north of Benin. I really do not want to make the trip again from Lome to Cotonou, there was nothing I remember along the way, that fascinated me, or draws me back, I would be fine to avoid Cotonou, Benin.

It is this stupid Nigeria Visa that is causing the problem, I need or feel I should be closer to the time of entering Nigeria before I try to attain this Visa, it just does not seem wise to get it too early. The country of Nigeria requires I get a Visa in my home country of the USA, and because of that, nothing is guaranteed, I will need to work harder to talk them into giving me a visa.

Ok, I will go to Tsevie tomorrow and see what is up, it shows on the Cell Phone map of Togo that Tsevie is in the center of a cell, so I can still use the internet, I hope.

Note: I am Tsevie, I paid 1000 CFA for a moto to the city.

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Map to Tsevie Togo

Map to Danyi Apeyeme Togo

Map to Danyi Apeyeme Togo
Danyi Apeyeme, Togo West Africa
Sunday, April 22, 2007

This is a map from Kpalime or from Atakpame, and I guess from Ghana to Danyi Apeyeme, Togo.

The place has electricity, a small village, a couple of rivers, a lot of Christian Churches of various brands, and at least one Mosque.

The GPRS cell phone connection works here, there is a Catholic Mission down the road, and it looks very fancy, I guess you can sleep there, but too far for walking. I do no know if the GPRS works there.

There is one, what looks to be closed Auberge on the way to Adeta from here, I think just outside the city, maybe open.

To come here, you go to Adeta and turn East, and hope you go the right directions, but you can ask. Moto from Adeta to here is supposed to be 1000 CFA, from Kpalime, about 2500-3000 CFA.

Nice little typical type village and friendly, cooler and a lot less aggressive than the down in the flatland city of Koti, Togo.

07 degrees 12.203 North
000 degrees 41.452 East
795 Meters of altitude above sea level

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Map to Danyi Apeyeme Togo

Map to Amlame Togo

Map to Amlame Togo
Amlame, Togo West Africa
Monday, April 23, 2007

I left my Danyi Apeyeme, Togo Homestay for a strange reason, Chris has been writing me about my battery project, I want to get to Atakpame to play with the motorcyle batteries. I may have some toys sent from the USA, I need to find a Peace Corps person to find out how to have things sent, I am sure they know about care packages from home… I can always return, but also more quiet than I need with no books to read.

I came down the hill from the Danyi Plateau of something like that, and entered the village of Adeta. I am thinking all the cities started with Danyi; therefore, I just left the city of Apeyeme, Togo, maybe it still on the map as Danyi Apeyeme, Togo.

The taxi drivers are a pain, I asked him the price, he said 1500 and I thought, Ok, the Issa boy at the Chinois Pharmacy said the price was 1000, I knew I was going to be hard pressed for 1000, and so 1500 was ok. I said yes to the price, and the whole way down the driver kept whining about 2500 or something and 2000, I started saying 1000. I now know, I should have negotiated and complained, tried to get him to take 1000 so he would be happy with 1500. The longer I am on a ride, the more they think to themselves, this is a white guy, I could have gotten more.

I got off the bike in Adeta, held out 2000 CFA and did not give it to him until he gave me the change, all went well.

I was going to stay a night in Adeta, but thought to myself, what is the point in staying in a boom boom Chambre de Passage, nothing interesting although the girls of Adeta appeared better quality than the mountain.

I thought, I would go to Amou Oblo of the village where the Issa man or boy lives with his wife. There was a group of motos; this is always a problem in many ways. I sort of thought, it looked like rain, so I would go and look at the car. This man, as best I can tell claimed me, so he assume I am his, and for sure, I have learned not to get into a car. I opted for a bike, one has said 3500 and I ignored that driver. One said, 2000 so I said, yes, gave him my front bag and got on the back. They proceeded to ride their motorcycles in front of use, and five guys grabbed my bag. The driver was overwhelmed; I finally got of the bad, grabbed the bag and cleared out the five boys from the bag. The whole areas starts to laugh, I was not playing games.

I cannot get them to calm down, so I started walking, it become tiresome to walk and argue with me, and all but two give up shortly following, and the one is my driver I chose. I kept walking, the want to fight and argue, but to work is not what they want to do, so I walked less than 50 meters and was ready to jump on the bike. Finally, I threw the bike, to the drive and said,
- Partir -

He takes off and they all start to holler, and one starts to give chase. The driver starts to slow, I start to pinch him and grab him, in and effort to say, you stop, I will whop you side the head, he takes off again.

There is this African cultural thing, which somehow the people believe they need to listen to a person holler.

After that the life was great, the ride was fast, cool, and on the left side was some taller cliffs and very pleasant. I get to Amou Oblo, a nice city with a river by the name of Amou and try to find an Auberge. I do not want to leave; however, I am not in the mood for room hunting in homes.

Amlame is big, in big letters on the map, and only 500 CFA more, I am from Adeta to Amlame for 2500 CFA, and probably 1000 more than the going rate.

It is not big, seem long, but there is two hotels, one says, Auberge and that normally means cheaper. I find a room, needs a mosquitoe net, all the rooms have nails for mosquito nets, hard to imagine. The toilet and shower are shared, only with a girl though, and she is ok, the Petit Soeur of the owner, or smaller sister.

She likes to walk around with just the beads on around her waist, so I am not complaining. She says she is 19, looks like 30 and I can see the whole thing, I do not know why they always lie, and they want to young so we will marry them, but 19 is too young in my country.

She asked me already for a Portable, he brother says he will give me a Cadeau if I take here with me. Non.

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Map to Amlame Togo

Togo Hippopotamus Hippopotame

Togo Hippopotamus Hippopotame
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

There is another small Hippo Icon on my map, directly to the right or East of the city of Atakpame, Togo. I want to find a Hippo. However, I also want to enjoy my life and not cook my brains from heat. It is really not that hot here, the rooms are designed for electricity and when there is no electricity, then too hot, because a person is using a room that is badly designed for the wrong purpose. I suppose I must look for hotels that have a group, or generator and pay for the petrol, and push them to use it.

I am thinking, I need to sleep outside, camping is maybe better.

Ok, I think I will go West towards Badou or towards Ghana, stay cool up in the mountains, then return to Atakpame after the rains start, I hope by then, I know more about Hippos in Togo.

Map of possible routes or trips from Atakpame to the small village of Atchinedji, Togo and pronounced Aht Chee Nay Djee.

These expeditions of frustration are both great, and mind baffling confusing. I decided to ask some questions of the two girls who work in the l’Amities Auberge about how to pronounced both the city of Atchinedji and the word Hippopotame in French, I also asked if they had a word for Hippo in the Akposso language, we have changed from Mina to Akposso now. The way they say to go it to go north towards Sokode, then come south, I think they have no idea. I need to travel to the road junctions, then ask some motos what is up and how to go.

I need to check on the name of the local language, I may be off stream.

There is a couple of web pages from some save the something web sites that talk about Hippos being in the Mono River, yet I cannot find anything specific as far a cities and clarity, just a lot of accusations.

I am always in wonder at the pure lack of specific facts, when, where, dates, times, who, in these save the planet sites. I truly suspect these information blurbs when they do not say or tell a person how to go and collaborate.

I am hoping to clarify sleeping and transportation before I go there, it looks like I need a home stay to have adequate time to see the Hippos, if they are even there.

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Togo Hippopotamus Hippopotame

I Travel to Agbo Kope Togo

I Travel to Agbo Kope Togo
Badou, Togo West Africa
Saturday, May 5, 2007

I think tomorrow I go off the cell phone internet grid for a couple of days. I am going to leave Badou, and go East towards Atakpame to the village of Zoubega Ouga with a Moto, I think the cost is 700 CFA or about 1.50 U.S. Dollars. When I get to Zoubega, I will turn right, or South, from there I am guessing, the moto should or will cost about 1500 CFA, but who knows until I enter the fray.

There is supposed to be Auberge or Passage de Chambre called Chez Momo there, all information is dodgy, and assuming. I will do this by Moto or Motorcycle Taxi. It will be easy to travel to Zoubega, then going South I hope to keep the driver going slow enough to enjoy the trip and travel slow in the ruts.

No price, everyone assume I have a car or bike, just says the road is ok, and paints a pretty picture, I wish life was a lovely as a picture.

I wonder what the elevation is and do they have electricity. I can see that most cities here about 250-300 Meter high, this is not cooking hot by any means, but the rain helps. It is raining a little more, but not really enough to lose the fan.

Everything is Great, I am FINE:

There - STOP- THREE men came to the door, and started SCREAMING at me, I am now in Atakpame, Togo, plans changed again, oops.

Everything is Great, I am FINE:

There - STOP- THREE men came to the door, and started SCREAMING at me, I am now in Atakpame, Togo, plans changed again, oops.

Everything is Great, I am fine and safe in a new location.

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I Travel to Agbo Kope Togo

Lome to Malabo Flight

Lome to Malabo Flight
Lome Togo West Africa
Saturday, May 26, 2007

Someday, I will make this trip, as of yesterday, it is again delayed, who knows when I will go this way…

I can fly from Lome, Togo to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea one way for about 125,000 CFA, this is about 250 US Dollars. Africa is a pain in the butt, the routes are not clean, mis-representation is rampant, and every person acts as though the trip is extremely dangerous.

People drive in countries where it is safe to drive, 95 percent of tourist in West Africa drive a car or motorcycle and many bike trips. It now is the only continent of the developing planet, the 80 percent majority of the planet where I am thinking about buying a motorcycle. It is like Europe, you need a van or motorcycle in Europe to avoid the tourist traps, here, you need one to drive to the great places where they have not eaten the animals of cut and burned the trees for firewood, avoid the aggressive taxi driver fights.

It is semi-amazing, I have now been in West Africa for about five months of my life, I have not sat in any major city in Africa and had tour companies offer to sell me tours of something in West Africa. I was remarking to my German friend, if a person here in Lome would put me in an Air Conditioned car and take me to see Hippos, I think I would pay between 100 and 300 US dollars to avoid the pain. In contrast, I think I will buy a motorcycle for 600 and just go myself.

Nigeria what a bad reputation this country has, it is the stone in the middle of the river of Africa. I am not so much afraid or worried about safety in Nigeria, I just do not like to listen to the continually scam offered, it is like listening to a use car salesman 24 hours per day, that you know 100 percent is selling a lie and junk.

Note, I have given up on miles, it is just ridiculous to talk in mile when only about 300 Million people do so…

Map of Route I will try to take, when I get around to it.

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Lome to Malabo Flight

Atakpame to Kara Togo

Atakpame to Kara Togo
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Saturday, July 7, 2007

I am going to Kara, Togo tomorrow, I will leave Atakpame, Togo very early, just as the sun rises, I believe this time is best time to catch public transportation in West Africa.

I was asked a reasonable question yesterday while chatting on yahoo messenger with a friend,
- What are you going to see there? -

I thought to myself,
- What a stupid questions. -

Then I realized, this is not a stupid question, this is a normal question, I am the one who is being little stupid. An empathy lapse, as I am a traveler, I cannot for the life of me figure a good reason to go anywhere anymore, other than I go, just seems like the right thing to do, not sure why though. Therefore why would I be crazy to waste my time thinking about why I am going.

I could not walk by an open door with out taking a peek inside, a long time ago in Antigua, Guatemala a girl from France, said,
- We travel until we know why we travel. -

I still do not know why I travel, I can give you thousands of reasons to travel and why not to travel, but to just say,
- I travel because of this reason…. X, that is a difficult question. -

Closest answer I can say is,
- I have nothing better to do. -

I have smelled a fight, boxing they say in French, however the word is lutte or wrestling, I was told for a week or something called Evala will occur. I do not want to spoil the boxing so I will stop thinking and get a real first impression and not a I-expected-to-see this impression, nothing like ruining a first impresion than to run it through a filter of guidebooks, website and gossip. I think the best tourist attractions are those you stumble upon by accident.

A good reason to go for long walks.

Atakpame to Kara Togo

Tearing up a Map

Tearing up a Map
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, July 27, 2007

This is a save for a rainy day photos….

I paid 11 US Dollars or 5400 CFA for this map of Togo. It is not 90 percent trash, and 10 percent ok to use.

I have torn the map up into four sections; I am tearing up the map. Why, because I wanted to preserve sections of the country I have not visited. Every time I open the map, fold the map, stuff the map into my backpack, I slowly destroy the map. In an effort to save the portions for future use, I decided I need to tear it into pieces.

Now, I thought, I should have done this day one. I am going to tear my map up before I destroy them and not after. I can store the good portions of the map until I need them.

The daily usage of a map destroys a map, by cutting into separate sections I think I can elongate the time of a map.

Note, any person traveling for two weeks does not have to worry. I like my digital on the computer maps, but they are next to worthless when I am in the middle of the road and lost, I need paper. One good option is to print out copies of sections of a country and carry.

Tear it up before you destroy it. This map cost one third the price of my guidebook, this is a travel budget expense, the guidebook has maps also, and the reason to buy a guidebook.

Tearing up a Map

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