|Elsa, me, Benjamin, and Ana|
There is a lot to be learned about a city just by looking at the kinds of vehicles being driven around. Here in Lomé the most common cars are old BMW’s and Toyota Corolla’s and Camry’s. Most of which aren’t really in factory condition. Semi-trucks are the most common vehicle in the port area – to haul the containers – and few have matching hoods, not to mention the wired together scraps that somehow is kept alive to form an engine. Yet by far, the most common mode of transportation is the Motos, or Zimmi Johns as they are also known. Sanyas, Hondas, Suzukis, Apsonics, Vespas, (and the rare Ducati) zip in and out of traffic, streets, alleys, and people. After 4 months in a city, one can get used to this style of traffic, making it a bit of a shock to go anywhere else.
|Accra, Ghana waking up|
Ghana, on the other hand, has nicer cars, more of a variety in the types and years. I saw my first VW truck, the Amarok. My favorite car was the silver Dodge Challenger with the nice scrape along the back bumper. There were more Renaults, VWs, and Toyota trucks. The big vans used as taxis are more commonly called Tro Tros, in which anywhere from 15-20+ people can be packed into. Most of these are without AC, so it is a relief once the Tro Tro gets underway. But the difference isn't only in the types of cars, but the roads. In Accra, Ghana there is a 6-lane highway!! Talk about a huge culture shock. And there are stoplights (that are actually obeyed), and a mall, and a parking garage, and big buildings.
Honestly, Ghana started to make me miss home more than I have in all the months in Togo. It was a good transition to my last month onboard. I’m starting to do things for the last time, and doing things more often because I will miss them.