Le Village sur le Lac
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October 24th, 2007 – by: at1051
After that we went to the Arts Center and were harrassed by artists trying to sell us things.
George finally returned in the afternoon and we headed to Ganvie. Ganvie is this village in the middle of a lake where people live in stilt houses. Now it has been turned into a complete toursit trap. Our guide said about 100 people come every day to see it. I would definitely recommend going to another stilt village (there are several) if you don't want the touristy version.
Anyways, from what we gathered the people moved to the lake to escape from slave raiders ebcause the raiders had religious convictions against going on water to capture people. We drove around the village and kids yelled "Yovo yovo, cadeaux!" which means white person give me a present. I didn't think it was cute. Then we went and ate at a restuarant in the village. There were cats in it, and Suni is deathly afraid of cats so that didn't work well for her. We ate rice with fish - a whole fish, eyeballs and everything. It's probably not something I'm going to do again.
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