Blogs from Cote d'Ivoire, Africa


Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » South December 27th 2016

Côte d’Ivoire, as they have requested we should now all be calling it (“Ivory Coast” is so last year), was not a place I ever thought I’d get to. On my previous and only West Africa trip in 2007, I skirted around the edge of it from Burkina Faso to Ghana as there was a nasty civil war going on. This has since been resolved (by Didier Drogba in his own opinion) and Côte d’Ivoire is getting back to how it was pre-civil war when it used to be the shining example of Francophone post-colonial success in a patch of generally corrupt and troubled countries. So I have the conference organisers of the RWSN (Rural Water Supply Network) to thank for deciding to host their 7th Forum here. The network is bilingual and had previously only ... read more
Old post office, Grand Bassam
Fixing the nets

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » South » Abidjan December 7th 2015

Visit Abidjan cathedral, sort of in the shape of a suspension bridge, swing by the area where a lot of the city's Laundry is done in a local river, around 40 men pounding and slapping clothes into the water & over old tyres. 08/12/15 head to Grand Bassam Beach and camp at Drogba Beach; a simple beach resort. Next day take a stroll to the old colonial capital to see the interesting if not deteriorating old French architecture, highlight being the fishing village at the end of town with some very enthusiastic crews singing French shanties whilst heaving their nets in. Cook dinner with our cook group followed by a dance performance by a local group, cool drumming, girls, spirit devil outfits and flames. 3 of us head into Grand Bassam town with the dance crew ... read more

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » East » Yamoussoukro October 5th 2014 first thought arriving in this "village"....was how many school and hospitals could have they built with the money spent in this place...but more on this later... Yamoussoukro is 230km north of Abidjan. The place is the home village of the first President of Ivory Coast, independent sine 1960, I name Felix Houphouet-Boigny. The Predisent has been the ruler of his young country for 30 years, and has transformed his home village in a pretty interesting place...not sure I can call this place a nice place. Yamoussoukro is also used as the political of Ivory Coast for big national events. First, there is the good as many European highways... all the way to Yamoussoukro, putting the "village" to just over 2 hours by road from Abidjan. I took a taxi for the day, and Baboue ... read more
The Basilique can hold 18,000 people...
This is the middle of nowhere...

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » South » Abidjan October 4th 2014

What am I doing in Ivory Coast? Well, it's a funny story with the explanation coming next! Not easy to find out proper information about visiting Ivory Coast. As you will find out even on Travelblog, the last entry dates back to 2012...and there are way less than 80 entries on the country...that is maybe the number of entries on Bangkok...every single week! My first entry is on the capital, second one will be on a village, that a lot of you have heard before...and on which I will be the first one to write about here. And yes, I'll even share few words about the end of the day, as of today, Ebola is just few hours on the road from in the Ivory Coast capital....everybody is speaking about it...even if it ... read more
Cathedrale St Paul
Main topic of discussions here...after Ebola, the traffic jams!
Typical local urban architecture....

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » South » Grand-Bassam May 7th 2012

Monday Day 51 We'd camped in a village not far beyond the border town and soon had a decent sized crowd gathered around us. Tents were pegged down in case the storm actually hit (it didn't) and cook team started setting up. Small things can excite us at this stage, like the prospect of meat for dinner after more than a week without due to weather and lack of ice but now we had ice and meat (and cold bottles of water!) and we sat around waiting. Usually there'd be more interaction with the locals but being bumped around and having to hold on and duck branches was draining so although maybe not much of an excuse, most sat quietly. Dinner was a delicious beef and rice stew and I went to bed soon after, desperate ... read more
Ready to go
Gorgeous scenery

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire August 14th 2009

So, nun nach ueber einem Monat in Liberia nochmal ein bisschen 'Abwechslung' hier im Blog, seit exakt einer Woche bin ich nun wieder unterwegs! Bis vorgestern Elfenbeinkueste, und nun Ghana. Der Flug von Monrovia nach Abidjan verlief abgesehen von einer 90min Verspaetung trotz nigerianischer Airline ereignislos, und am Flughafen hat schon Erikson, mein Couchsurfer auf mich gewartet. Luxus! Auf der Fahrt vom Flughafen zu seinem Appartment einmal quer durch die Stadt war ich ziemlich baff, es war dunkel und die Skyline, Neonreklamen-Schilder usw haben eher an Europa als an andere afrikanische Staedte erinnert. Auch wenn dieser Eindruch bei Tageslicht etwas relativiert wurde, war der Unterschied zu Monrovia doch erheblich. Ansonsten ist Abidjan riesig gross (irgendwas 3-5Mio), es gibt Autobahnen, Strassenlaternen, Villenviertel und eine relativ wohlhabende Mittelschicht. Das Appartment vo... read more

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » South » Abidjan April 9th 2009

Hey All! Got another long one for ya! Grab a snack; you’ll be happy you did… Okay, the gloves are off, the warm-ups are over, and the time for sand bagging has just expired. I have less than forty days to see as much of West Africa as I possibly can…challenge accepted; let the April rush begin!! My first stop? The infamous ivory coast, Cote D’Ivoire! So, when building a team for my first out-of-the-country adventure, I felt that it was important to think about what qualities and abilities would best serve the group as a whole - The ability to speak French, the mathematical savvy for currency conversions, and a decisively diligent and well-organized planner. Fortunately, my team had all of that. Alyssa the French speaker, Jen the accountant and currency converter, and Aubrie the ... read more
Flags on the Beach
Street Signs
The St. Paul Cathedral

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » South » Abidjan March 14th 2008

That's right...I went to the Ivory Coast! Was it a bit nuts, scary, sketchy and everything else you'd imagine it to be? DAMN STRAIGHT it was!! Heather, Christina and I decided to go to the Ivory Coast for 4 days - three girls, on our own - we knew it would be a bit sketch but as adventurous as we are we were up for it! Three of our other friends were going to go with us but then when they went to the embassy (US citizens don't need a visa but Alessandro is from Italy) they were told that US citizens DO need a visa. We didnt have enough time to apply so the there of us girls decided we would just head for the border (about 5 hours) and try to cross anyways. When ... read more

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » South » Abidjan January 9th 2008

OCTOBER 2007 Well hello there…just had one of the strangest..most beautiful weeks of my life..and im going to tell you all about it… Last be exact..i was extremely worried that I would not get a visa to ivory coast because I had been in that stupid embassy about 9 times…sometimes my fault…but mostly theirs…closed..then don't accept applications..something wrong with my passport..not enough just understand nina huffing and puffing..most of the time ive been out the night before and 8 hours at work just is not appealing…but neither is sitting at an embassy waiting for it to open either..…and its really hot..i mean really hot..…oh well I got to get out of the office a bit…my office is airconditioned though which is not the case in the embassy….anyhoo…david and bodyguards decided to leave on ... read more
My Body Guards

Africa » Cote d'Ivoire » South » Grand-Bassam October 30th 2006

October 27: Headed to the chaotic Kaneshie station to find transportation to the west of Ghana en route to our ultimate destination: Cote d'Ivoire. Stopped for a quick lunch in the dirty port town of Takoradi before heading for the Ivorian border at Elubo. Like most border towns, Elubo is not a terribly pleasant place to linger: money changers hissed and yelled as we passed, waving handfulls of CFA Francs in the air; the dispossessed huddled under the corrogated tin roofs of delapidated buildings; and hustlers, pushers, and muggers patrolled the rough, unsurfaced roads. With the sunlight fleeting in late afternoon, we were forced to locate accommodation on the border: a place described as being "clean, comfortable and very affordable" by our guidebook. It was a dump. The receptionist, a boy probably no older than 12, ... read more
Ancien Bassam

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