Up until Thursday Night last week, I was not sure I was going to head from lagos to cotonou by road for the weekend. However, I spent last weekend in C-Town without any previous plans. I really just went with the flow. Again just like I did here, I traveled from Lagos to Cotonou by road. It was really the same procedure only this time, I went through the border posts to have my passport stamped and caused a bit of drama .
The Immigration Officers on the Nigeria side had asked my friend for money because it was his first time through the Seme border post, and I definitely was not having any of that. What really set me blazing was the attitude. Stamping is free. No officer should be asking anyone for money, and even if you would, approach matters, the officer came at us like he had a right to ask for money and that was when I went livid.
My Friend ended up having his passports stamped without paying, however, we paid with loss of time and a lot of talk. I would like that more people stand firm against the exploitation and corruption going on at the borders. Our Lagos to Cotonou by road trip took about 7hours from when we set out at about 3PM, this was mostly because of traffic and unnecessary stops, hence Friday after work might not be such a good time to head from Lagos to Cotonou by Road. I must point out that despite the fact that we traveled late, I didn’t feel the least bit unsafe.
By way of update from my previous post, transportation time from Seme Border to Mile 2 took over 3 hours, I am guessing this was because we hadn’t set out early. Also the transportation price now ranges from 800Naira which we paid for our Bus trip to 2,000 which you could potentially be paying for a taxi. I must say that the bus was mostly uncomfortable and if you can afford it, you should go by Taxi Instead.
Price Breakdown Per Person
|Oshodi||Mile 2||N150 (Bus)|
|Mile 2||Seme||N800 (Bus)|
|Seme||Tokpa Market (Cotonou)||CFA 1000 (Shared SUV)|
|Tokpa Market||Accommodation||CFA 200|
|Accommodation||Tokpa Market||CFA 250|
|Tokpa Market||Seme||CFA 1000 (Shared Taxi)|
|Seme||Mile 2||N1500 (Shared Taxi)|
Cotonou was fun, from partying at a local bar, trying new beer and vibing to almost solely french music,
To holding up conversions conveniently in french, long walks at about 1am, dancing on the streets at 3am, swimming in a salt water pool, sun, sand and sea vibes on the beach.
To skeptically trying new food, surviving on what we could comfortably get down our throats, to finally getting some food we ate without reservations.
To goofing around in the hot weather and taking in the sights and sounds of the city.
To discovering there might be a difference between Piment and Poivre, two french words which I previously thought could be used interchangeably to mean Pepper in English, to learning new words and lastly making new friends (Fabrice, Abu and especially Dimitrie who went all out for us).
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