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Great emka 2015-03-01 4:06

Hi Gert, When I was in school (in early sixties) I had to learn by heart all African countries ordered by the year of independence and with capitals. But then it was Dahomey. And who goes there? Only 5 pages of photos on TE. Did you go there as a backpacker, like to Asia, or were you already young journalist collecting materials for publication? If you had better health, would you go for such a journey now? I can decide for a trip to Asia or Americas in a few minutes but I am afraid of Africa.
Beautiful picture, the men have funny traditional dresses and kids are like kids everywhere, having a lot of fun posing for you.
I noticed curious thing. You have photos from so many countries but not from Norway.
WArm regrads MAlgo

Old 03-01-2015, 12:30 PM
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Thanks Malgo,
You have no photos from Lithuania, your closest neighbour!
I have no photos either from Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Czech republic or a number of African countries.
I travelled through West Africa as a freelancing backpacking journalist, which made me a bit unusual. Even with a perfect health I would not spend four months on trucks and in overcrowded bush taxies, staying in sometimes miserable hotels, approaching 70 years of age. Some things in life belong to the past.
Benin, ex-Dahomey, was a Marxist-Leninist military dictatorship when I was there and the security staff were very observant and suspicious of white men with cameras. It was still a quite nice country, and culturally very interesting, and the safest country along the coast, maybe thanks to the ever present spies, just as Syria was very safe because there were plainclothes police everywhere.
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