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Sunday, October 18, 1998
Kankan, Guinea
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Kankan, Guinea:
Latitude: 10° 22' 28" North
Longitude: 9° 17' 47" West
Altitude: 1108 feet
From Seattle: 7380 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hôtel Baté

Today's Travel:
Country: Guinea
Region: Malinké Plains
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Rain / Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 556
Linear Dist: 127046
Countries Visited: 38
Regions Visited: 159
More stats...
Hotels: 161
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 43
Hostels: 141
Transit: 50
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1995

Journal Entry:
Nice morning, mostly sunny but not to hot with a nice breeze. Spent the morning exploring town. Found the Guinea Air Service office, but not surprisingly it was closed. At least I know where to go check tomorrow. Saw the Crocodile Fountain, a fountain that used to contain crocodiles back when the president lived here. There was also a swimming pool with hippos, but neither are at all impressive without their former occupants. While I was down by the river it suddenly clouded up and began to rain - hard. When the wind picked up it was as bad as any rain storm I've ever seen - raining sideways and all. When the rain first started I took cover behind a large truck and was nearly scared to death when a small had reached out from under it and grabbed a finger. It was a monkey that had taken cover on the spare tire under the truck body. He was a little too friendly and I was getting wet so I moved on. Finally made it back to hotel drenched to bone. Spent the rest of the afternoon sitting on the restaurant (closed) patio reading my guide books (going over my Mali plans, and starting to plan for Burkina Faso). Realized that my Burkina and probably Togo visas are going to expire before I get to them so I'll almost certainly have to go through the hassle again. Also did laundry and organized my pack - maintenance stuff that was a good way to waste a rainy afternoon. Spent the evening continuing with Burkina and starting to plan for Cote d'Ivoire.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Guinea
CIA World Fact Book: Guinea

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