Ouidah Travel Blog

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In Ouidah we stayed at this posh resort called Casa del Papa which was way out of our price range but incredibly nice. The guy who works at the reception is not nice, though. It's in the middle of nowhere down this random dirt road with no lights. We watched CNN and went to sleep when we got there. Then in the morning we ate French breakfast and went to the pool and loungd around on the beach. We had planned to go on the Route d'Esclaves in the morning, but George called and said the car broke down. This was at 8:00. At 1:00 there was still no sign of George, but we had to check out so we sat around and waited for him until he finally showed up at 4:00. Again, not happy. So then we went to Cotonou, the administrative capital of Benin and checked into Hotel du Lac, this Lebanese-run amazing place with wireless in the rooms and American movies on TV in ENGLISH! Sunita needed money and all she had was a Mastercard or Ghanaian cedis.
The cedi is a restricted currency and Africa is not Mastercard friendly, so we went to the black market and exchanged her cedis with this Nigerian dude.

Then we ate at this AMAZING Indian restaurant whose manager was so accomodating and then we went out to a pub after. The drinks there were disgusting and I learned my lesson about ordering cocktails in Africa. No more of that. We were kind of nervous to be walking around Cotonou because it's supposed to be kind of dangerous, so when this little kid came up to us and asked us for money and proceeded to yell at us in French about the bandits of Cotonou we were little freaked out, but we walked around anyways.
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