Grand Popo and Ouidah, Feb 24-26 (Cindy)

Trip Start Feb 02, 2007
Trip End Mar 30, 2007

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

This weekend we went to Grand Popo a more touristic place in South Benin that has really beautiful beaches and it was great! I had a North American bedroom, washroom and ate North American type cooking. It was a little expensive for here but well worth it. Spending the weekend there gave me the energy and push I needed to keep going for another month.

We also visited Ouidha which is the town where the slaves were traded and shipped off. Its called the "place of no return". We visted the museum and all the historical landmarks that shows the slave trade in Benin. Benin is known to have been the main slave exporters to Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and United States. I dont know if I've mentioned but there is a huge salsa culture here. Aparently the Cuban and Brazilian slaves after some generations returned when slavery ended and brought back some of the culture they learned abroad, such as Salsa. The salsa is a bit slower then Colombian salsa but its quite good and they dance very well here. One of the famouse salsa singers in Benin is Petite Megalito. For those of you who have programs to look up music can look him up and listen to the sounds of Benin.

Will post pics when the computer works faster then it has today!

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