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15 March 2019 / leggypeggy

Moseying through West Africa

Village in Ivory Coast

Girls carry water and other goods on their heads

Have you missed me? I’ve certainly missed having an internet connection. My last iffy connection was 10 days ago in Kumasi in central Ghana. We’re currently in Yamoussoukro, the capital of the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire).

Travel has been slow. The dirt roads have been seriously eroded, while tarmac roads have been riddled with potholes and huge broken patches. Makes for a bouncy ride. I really should invest in a sports bra.

Dirt road in the Ivory Coast

This truck avoids traffic ‘calmers’ by driving around them. We did a zigzag through them

The internet has been broken, non-existent or terribly slow.

We’ve passed through major towns, but mostly we’ve seen national parks, villages and countryside. Here’s a taste of some of our fascinating views in the Ivory Coast. Stay tuned for more.

P.S. We’re enjoying it all, except for the incredible heat. Hitting 40°C (104°F) most days.

Village in the Ivory Coast

Wood stacks and grain storage (the round thatched structure in the centre of the pic)

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  1. ksbeth / Mar 15 2019 10:15 am

    wow, what an amazing adventure –

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  2. gerard oosterman / Mar 15 2019 10:39 am

    We could do with a few ‘calmers’ here in Australia. I believe there is sports bra shop somewhere in Yamoussoukro.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 15 2019 6:13 pm

      Just you wait, Gerard. I have a pic of a bra shop in the Ivory Coast.

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      • gerard oosterman / Mar 15 2019 6:19 pm

        There is one in Rue du Chateau d’Eau. Check it out. Glad to help out for a good friend.

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  3. lmo58 / Mar 15 2019 10:41 am

    Glad to see that you’re having such a good time Peggy. It looks very dry but I guess that’s the desert for you! Interesting strategy for dodging the traffic calmers! I don’t envy you the 40 degree days! Still waiting for summer to finish now that it’s autumn and all. Take care and be safe. Best wishes to you, Poor John and your fellow adventurers

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 15 2019 6:14 pm

      It’s been incredibly dry, but then the trip has been planned for the dry season. Amazing to see how fast and furious the cargo trucks drive, but then they have no passengers.

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  4. fragglerocking / Mar 15 2019 11:24 am

    Love seeing your trip, glad you got an Internet connection for a bit.

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  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Mar 15 2019 11:35 am

    Those little girls carrying water on their heads – and I simply go to the faucet. Your travels are fascinating but I’m truly grateful for my modern life.

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  6. Lesley Harrold Snow / Mar 15 2019 12:17 pm

    Wow. You see a side of life many or most of us will never get a glimpse of. Thank you for sharing your trip!

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  7. Chris Riley / Mar 15 2019 1:14 pm

    I’ve had caricature type visions of the cause for your need to purchase a sports bra Peggy. Apologies – hope you’re not getting black eyes from the swing! Keep safe.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 15 2019 6:16 pm

      I’m sure your caricature visions are spot-on, but so far no black eyes for me. 🙂

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  8. Phyllis Jean Gaetz / Mar 15 2019 1:49 pm

    Yeah, you surfaced again. Glad you are enjoying your trip. Looking forward to future news. We leave for San Diego March 21, go on our family Disney Cruise to Mexico and the fly to Corpus Christi for some Texas hospitality. Quite different from your vacay!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 3:52 am

      Oh Phyllis, so good to hear from you. Have a wonderful cruise and a great time in Texas.

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  9. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Mar 15 2019 3:54 pm

    Sounds like you are having an incredible trip.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 15 2019 6:17 pm

      It’s a great trip and we’re lucky to have compatible travelling companions.

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  10. Sy S. / Mar 15 2019 4:19 pm

    LP,
    Even though this is a short post by you, it is always good to read that you are surviving the harsh climate and especially the heat! I know this might sound a little mean, but I am raising a tall COLD glass of ICED TEA, in the hope you see cooler days.
    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 15 2019 6:19 pm

      I think I’ll stick to short posts until the internet is better. As for your COLD ICED TEA, last night I had a COLD BEER. Plan on having some tonight too. 🙂

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  11. Miriam / Mar 15 2019 4:47 pm

    Sounds like you’re having an amazing trip Peggy. Thanks for the glimpse and the pictures. It’s such an incredibly different lifestyle you’re experiencing. Stay cool over there!

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  12. beetleypete / Mar 15 2019 6:57 pm

    It does look exciting, Peggy. I am glad to hear that your absence was caused by lack of Internet, and not other reasons for us to worry about. Not sure about that 104 heat though. Would be too much for me. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. Emma Cownie / Mar 15 2019 7:25 pm

    Looks incredible. Love the traffic calmers, clearly the truck just drives in the “gutter” which must wreck the truck!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 2:07 am

      Amazing how those trucks barrel along. I wouldn’t want to be a passenger in one of those rigs.

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  14. efge63 / Mar 15 2019 7:47 pm

    I am so glad hear from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be careful and enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you !!!

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  15. Green Global Trek / Mar 15 2019 9:11 pm

    Uff that heat sounds brutal and those roads look brutal!! Hopefully that is all on the list of cons and there is a way longer list of pros!! love the photos, made me homesick for Africa.

    Peta

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 2:08 am

      Yes, the heat and roads are brutal, but there’s just something about being homesick for Africa. I know you understand.

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  16. derrickjknight / Mar 15 2019 9:48 pm

    Well done for persevering

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  17. Sande Olocho / Mar 15 2019 11:30 pm

    This is quite an experience.

    Whereas most of Kenya has changed there are a few pockets that I can relate here. But insofar as telecommunication goes, we rate quite well. I suppose it is because we are the hub of UN operations in East and Central Africa, so communication systems and road networks have to be functional.

    To be somewhere new will always add something to our lives, we cannot remain the same

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 2:10 am

      Great to know that Kenya’s telecommunications have improved so much. They were pretty basic 10 years ago. Always glad you stop by.

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      • Sande Olocho / Mar 16 2019 4:27 am

        They are way way up now and recording one of the deepest mobile telephony penetration and ration on the continent

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 4:48 am

        That’s great.

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  18. Gilda Baxter / Mar 15 2019 11:56 pm

    Peggy, you guys are having a proper adventure there. The high heat is hard, but certainly worth all the wonderful sights and places you are visiting 🙂

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  19. afterthelasttime / Mar 16 2019 1:25 am

    Quite an adventure! Many of us might enjoy ten days severed from the internet and you get the bonus of a grand exploration! I’m hoping you saw Pygmy Hippopotamuses in the wild and focused your terrific photography skills on one!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 2:11 am

      We might see the pygmy hippopotamuses later. Fingers crossed.

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  20. susan@onesmallwalk / Mar 16 2019 1:52 am

    LeggyPeggy – I’m pretty sure when you mention the heat, you are right in it, no fans or air-conditioning. Hope you have some trees to sit under. But, what an experience. Even the no-internet – which several years ago was commonplace – is an adjustment. Happy and safe travels – Susan

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 2:13 am

      Yes, we are right in it with no fans and no air conditioning when we camp. Sometimes we have them when we’re in hostels or small hotels. Always appreciated then.

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  21. Invisibly Me / Mar 16 2019 9:54 am

    That’s quite a while without reliable internet, some people struggle to survive a day let alone over a week! The roads sound quite dangerous, and puts our moaning here in the UK about British potholes into perspective. Stay safe & well – I hope you’re having a good time and managing to stay cool-ish in that heat! xx

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 10:12 am

      We’re having a great time. Luckily the dirt roads aren’t especially dangerous because we drive so slowly.

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  22. CarolCooks2 / Mar 16 2019 1:52 pm

    It sounds like an awesome experience Peggy apart from the bumps and humps hope you have don’t black eyes yet…sports bra may be the way to go…Enjoy and stay safe 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 18 2019 6:06 pm

      Plenty of bras for sale here, but no sports bras. Guess I’ll have to keep my arms folded over my chest as a precaution. 🙂

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  23. John Robert Miller / Mar 18 2019 5:33 pm

    An amazing adventure continues and so well told. Shall I put you down as an apology for the park street party this Sunday?

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 18 2019 6:07 pm

      Oh darn, are we missing a street party? Have a couple of glasses of wine for me and tell everyone we’ll be bush camping for the next four nights.

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  24. jeanleesworld / Mar 29 2019 9:23 pm

    Holy cow, those calmers could wreak havoc on a car’s axles! But this is looking awesome. Sports bra aside, this sounds like a wonderful journey, inside and out. xxxxx

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