Good bye Cote di vore

Trip Start Sep 05, 2012
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Trip End Dec 22, 2012


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Flag of Cote D  , Grand Bassam,
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thos morning we headed to Abidjan the capital city and the prefecture of Grand Bassam just down the coast.

Feel a little frustrated today...bizarrely I think it's because of the conveniences we've suddenly had like Internet, hotel food and tar roads...all a bit dull really!

Its a pity we fell fowl of the doomsdayers who said ivory coast was awful and dangerous so we've rushed through it and not taken as much time as we would have liked. It really has been a beautiful place and the people have been so welcoming an interested in what we are doing. They seem very proud of the mix of indigenous culture with French and seem like a confident nation (haha another Bruce stamp of approval, thanks, I hear the people of cote di vore cry!)

Abidjan is quite developed and there's clearly and infrastructure albeit a bit tired looking. You definitely notice more wealth and a mix of expats. Basically there wasnt a cold war era vehicle in site. We sat in traffic for over an hour so we headed straight to Grand Bassam.

GB is around 20km up the coast, quite a pretty place ( if you can see past the township) which reminded me of st Louis in Dakar. It's all old French colonial style buildings with towering palm trees (must buy fruit tomorrow; pawpaws, guavas, bananas and coconut can all go under the cargo net!) with littel fishibg parts and restaurant dotted on ten route, it has a very laid back style.

Had lunch on the beach and then moved onto Adiaki where were spending the night before tomorrows cross to ghana. Adiaki is fishing village on the delta. So peaceful but a bit hot and humid. We're the only people in the guest house we convinced the manager to do our washing...saw the colour of the water after and was a bit embarrassed!

Had dinner in the local market, chicken cooked in brown paper on BBQ grill... they like a chili or too! Scotch bonnets should be banned.

Real early night, good bye vote di vore!
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