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What can I saw the flight was an experience â€“ I came with Virgin Nigeria, the flight was one of the best Iâ€™ve been on.
When we landed I was expecting to me met by a friend at the gate who works at the airport, she wasnâ€™t there waiting. But I just followed the signs for the exit easy as that, there was a backlog at the immigration desk, as I was waiting in the queue, I happened to say to â€śâ€™appy dazeâ€ť and a friend of a friend turned round and said â€ś Mr Joe I presume?â€ť this turned out to be PM. I said yes how do you know, then he told me that my friend who was out here a couple of weeks ago had said he might be on the same flight. So within 15 mins of landing at Lagos airport I had made contact with my first friend, as I cleared immigration and got my bags I went and waited outside as I was gagging for a fag. Just then my friend LR who was meant to be meeting me and said where are you. She then came and took me and PM home, and that is when the experience starts.
Nigerian roads have to be some of the most dangerous roads in the world, I have never seen anything like it, there appears to be no rules of the road. Everybody just goes for a space, itâ€™s about 5 times worse than march arch and park lane. Not only do you have to watch out for the cars the people just seem to step out and run across in front of you but the most dangerous transport on the road have to be the okadas, these are motorbike taxis, they have cut the handle bars so they can zip up the between the cars at great speed. I think during my time here I might get sick of
Iâ€™ve been to a few bars her, they seem to have a problem with ladies of the night, but they donâ€™t bother you too much, honestly.
So my first week here, everybody said I would be shocked at the level of violence, while I havenâ€™t seen any I can feel and undercurrent of it. I havenâ€™t seen dead bodies in the road like they said I would either, has this place got an undeserved reputation? answers on a postcard.
What you have to remember is that this is a 3rd world country, even with all itâ€™s wealth. The rich here are supper rich and it appears that most of the wealth in this country is in the hands of 5% of the population.
I was in Lagos when the little British girl was kidnapped in Port Harbour, while Iâ€™m aware personal security is important and that family didnâ€™t seem to do anything wrong. Iâ€™ve not experience anything that would cause me concern for my safety.
I have hired a driver as there is no way I could drive out here during the week the roads seem ok on a Sunday. Iâ€™m still getting lost trying to find places but itâ€™s all good. Having a great time.
fiest impressions after 1.5 weeks it's not as bad as what everybody said, the bars are good the beer is good, the only thing that I can see that is bad is the fact that food here is so expensive i pid ÂŁ4.0 for a tin of baked beans that was concisdered cheap.
so i might have to go without food going shopping again on Moday with PM, he claims he knows some good shops that are cheaper, i'm hoping.