Hostels in Review –”Where Have All The Tourists Gone” (Part Three – Coastal Benin, Togo, & Ghana)

Reviews of the places I stayed in during my time in West Africa, in November-December 2014.…

Hostels in Review –”Where Have All The Tourists Gone” (Part Two – Burkina Faso & Inland Benin)

Reviews of the places I stayed in during my time in West Africa, in November-December 2014.…

Stuck at the Border

Border Crossed: Benin to Togo Border Crossed Date: 15 December 2014 Barefoot and bagless, lost at…

SW Benin – Cities of Relaxation

So, there I am in a beachfront reggae bar in Grand Popo on a sunny Sunday…

Cotonou – City of Zem (restons Zem …)

Ah, the ‘Zem’. A wasp-like creature, present across much of West Africa, but Cotonou seems to…

Ouidah – City of Weariness

I’m not sure whether it was travel-weariness, people-weariness, or just that feeling I sometimes have when…

Porto-Novo – city of the odd museum

As capital cities go, Porto-Novo must rank as one of the world’s least memorable or significant.…

Abomey – City of Death

Ah, Abomey. A well-known and much-feared name in historical West Africa, so much so that both…

Natitingou – City of Mild Masochism

A new country; same red-stone roads, same ‘flexible’ take on vehicle capacity, same food, same burning…