• Benin Travel
Benin - a small country in West Africa. History exciting country. In 1960, year of independence from France. In 1963 he was made the first military coup in 1965 - the second in 1969 - the third in 1972 - the fourth. After playing with the military coups, Beninese began to build socialism. In Cotonou, the largest city, even a Lenin Square. Later, from the ideas of Marx and Lenin refused, and now Benin little stands on the map of Africa. I'm sure you're talking about him and not heard, but it is!
The roads in Benin are good, but at the entrance to Cotonou is 10 kilometers primer. Someday there will be a good road, but in the meantime the mud and the endless construction.
In the city there is asphalt.
But only in the main streets. Basically Cotonou streets look like.
Sometimes in the pits road overturned trucks. Then cover the road.
Normal petrol stations in the country is almost there. All buy smuggled gasoline from neighboring Nigeria. It costs 30% less (75 cents versus 1.10 euro per liter).
On every corner there are people with bottles. The impression is that half the population sells gasoline. Incidentally, the landfill in West Africa, you will not find plastic bottles, only packages. All bottles are in business. It is very convenient, empty bottles of the water can be safely disposed of by the wayside, they immediately pick up the start up in business.
In contrast to neighboring Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, umbrellas are not covered with black film, and a white cloth. Black canister with the number "500" - also gasoline. 500 West African francs - it's $ 1 per liter. Currently there are no customers, you can get some sleep.
At intersections sell puppies.
Nearly all ride on mopeds and motorcycles. On the main roads for two-make dedicated lanes. The traffic is very useful.
But if anything, you can always go and on the sidewalk. Here it is normal.
I have a motorcycle taxi drivers form - yellow shirt with short sleeves, be sure the license number on the back.
All play petanque.
The city beach.
People thumps and lying on the sand. Paradise.
As befits African cities, all the garbage thrown out there on the shore. All city beaches - big dump with pigs.
It is possible to come to the other side of town to the bay, where there are beautiful homes on the water. But the scenery is unchanged - dump.
I decided to walk on the bridge, to see houses on the water.
I went to the first building, and then jump out of the head. It turns out that this toilet. In order not to foul right on the beach, the local toilet built in 50 meters from the shore. Of course, all the shit falls directly into the water.
Next in the water to catch fish, bathe and wash dishes. Onishchenko have shot himself at the sight of such unsanitary conditions.
If you do not watch your step and do not vnyuhivatsya, here quite nicely.
The roads are sometimes paving tiles, in Togo.
The sign of a beauty salon.