One of the best indicators of how poor a country is, is the exchange rate per the U.S. dollar. For Ghana, Togo, Benin it was 600+ to 1 dollar. For Sao Tome it was 22,800 to a dollar. Our ship was only the second passenger ship to vist the island. Needless to say, they were not experiences handling a lot of tourists arriving all at once, The country gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
Since I retired in 2006 my wife Mare and I are doing our best to see as much of the world as we can. Life is an adventure, you only go this way once and we want to pack in as many new experiences and adventures as we can.... full info