Voodoo, Beaches and 2 Languages: Welcome to West Africa

Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso


20 Dollar Taxi Ride

Nigeria: So here I am, in the middle of Africa´s biggest city: Lagos. Lonely Planet writes: “heading to Nigeria, you have no choice but jump right into the madness here!” Disagree! Named after the Portuguese word for ´Lagoon´ the place is by far better than its reputation. Most chilled out people across West Africa! For me, arriving in Lagos was...Read More

5 Questions

 

Togo: Yes, there is Couchsurfing in Lomé, the capital of Togo. I stayed with Justin for a night in his house close to the airport. He speaks French and English fluently and has some jobs from time to time in the IT sector. But he has an even bigger business plan for the future. He would like to set up a company for selling second hand clothes – and he already found a business partner. Read More

Scars as an identity

 

Benin: The by far most concisely indicator that you are wandering around Benin are the scars in people´s faces. And no, those scars are not the left over from battles, machetes fights or civil wars. Completely wrong! It has deep cultural roots and is part of identity.

I did some research and want to share the result. Why so many people in Benin have serious...  Read More


Dreams and Reality

Burkina Faso: From Excitement to Frustration, from Happiness to Adaptation, from dreaming to reality. This is how I would summarize my feelings during the first three months in my new home, Burkina Faso. A completely normal phenomenon, that is called "cultural shock" and that always follows a certain line. Here comes a very personal insight of the Ups & Down in my professional life and the challenges of adaptation in my personal life. Books are full of scientific theories of cultural adaptation, assimilation and integration when arriving to a new country. I invented my own "curve of adaptation", which is subdivided into four phases. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessing the East

Burkina Faso: Somehow I came across a photograph of a wonderful waterfall that is supposed to be around Diapaga, a little town in the East of Burkina. It was impossible to find more information about this waterfall, for instance how to get there or where to stay. Nobody had heard about it, the telephone numbers and email-addresses that I found online didn't work anymore. Nevertheless, Tobias and I decided to take the risk and to explore the Diapaga-area ourselves, not knowing whether we would find the waterfall or not. We drove the first 50KM on a paved road, before turning right on the dust-path. All we had was a street-plan of Burkina Faso (we quickly realized....Read All

Elephants Nazinga

Burkina Faso: In the South-West of Burkina Faso we went on an elephant-safari. Over 600 elephants live in Nazinga-Forest and we met a few of them. First, we went on a safari on our own, discovering lakes and small dirt-roads into the wild. Our second safari with a guide was very eye-opening, as he spotted many more animals: Eagle owl, antelope, monkeys, crocodiles and warthogs. Here comes the descripting of how to reach Nazinga and where to stay.....Read More