Day 96. Coco Beach Hotel. Sunday 26th March. Lome. Togo.

It’s nice to have the space of a bungalow. By the time we were ready to rise most of the washing, hanging around our bed, is dry enough to fold up. Not all

it wasn’t the best sleeping. I must have been trying to adjust the aircon temperature but only managed to make it worse in my sleepy state.

Breakfast in Poki and then it’s time to relax on a lounger on the beach. Jen heads for the pool to cool off but I’m happy to lounge.

Movement among the ships offshore.

There is movement among the ships anchored out from shore. A large MSC container ship is heading into port.It seems MSC (Medeterianian Shipping Company) seem to have the run of the port. Their ships are processed immediately while others languish at their moorings out in the stream.

Discussion between us turned to the question, how long is it going to take the respective companies who we visited, before they provide us with a quotation? Also, what conditions in the quotes? Hopefully Monday will bring news in from that quarter. If no action, we will be pushing them. Inactivity is hard to handle.

We hear of others having a devil of a job getting their Nigerian Visas. The country is clearly in freefall.

Time for lunch.

It’s cheese & tomato sandwiches for lunch again with a big mug of hot tea.

As we have reasonable wifi, we enjoy an hour long chat with Sarah, Tim and family in whistler, Canada, on WhatsApp.

Really we should be looking for a bank as we are broke, concerning the local currency but we procrastinate believing it will be better to visit a bank on a week day, when they are open. It’s always a lottery as to whether they have cash in their ATM machines.

Togo administration.

A couple of days ago I made a comment about the governance of this country. The main road south was impressive. However the dreadful state of roads around the capital city leave one wondering as to the efficiency of the administration. Today, reading Lonely Plant, it’s clear things are far from well here. A previous despot who was voted out, returned with the help of the military and ruled for several more terms, unelected. When he died, his son assumed control and it would seem, is still in power after a number of dubious election results.

Probably the less I say about the subject, the better. At least until I have had time to digest writings under Wikipedia. What seems clear, the pattern of abuse of power continues in another African country.

A message from Ruby Jean, my gorgeous granddaughter in Australia.

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One Comment:

  1. Look on the bright side – you could be waiting in somewhere much worse. Keep relaxing and enjoying the enforced holiday.

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