Ho – City of Clouds

The foyer of Accra Airport is cramped and very light on facilities, but I’m stuck here for around 9 hours; I have an early-morning flight back to a cold English Winter, and it made more sense to overnight here rather than find a hotel and have to rise early. My …

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Ouidah – City of Weariness

I’m not sure whether it was travel-weariness, people-weariness, or just that feeling I sometimes have when I feel a bit ‘low’ and need to do something different to push myself out of it, but I didn’t really have the enthusiasm for Ouidah. I certainly should have done; on paper it …

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Abomey – City of Death

Ah, Abomey. A well-known and much-feared name in historical West Africa, so much so that both the railway and main road through the centre of Benin pass some 10km to the East, into the ‘new town’ of Bohicon, seemingly to prevent people in the Colonial world from using it as …

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