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Wednesday, November 18, 1998
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire
Burkina Faso's FlagCôte d'Ivoire's Flag

Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire:
Latitude: 6° 49' 8" North
Longitude: 5° 16' 28" West
Altitude: 204 feet
From Seattle: 7820 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Le Palmier

Today's Travel:
Countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire
Regions: Burkina, Region des Lacs
Route: Bus (CTI): Ougadougou - Yamoussoukro
Path:Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire
Linear:504 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 587
Linear Dist: 129617
Countries Visited: 41
Regions Visited: 167
More stats...
Hotels: 181
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 45
Hostels: 144
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2020

Journal Entry:
Got to the Burkina Customs station around 5:30 so we had to park to wait for it to open. I got off the bus to watch an amazing sunrise (seems like I'm seeing way to many of these recently). Thirty minutes each with the Burkina customs, Burkina immigration, the Ivorian immigration and the Ivorian customs and around 9 am we were officially on our way in Côte d'Ivoire! For the next eight plus hours we drive no more than 20 minutes between police checkpoints. Average stop time at a police checkpoint is well over half an hour (late in the day we find out that several people on the bus don't have the right papers so they have to go through the whole threat / bribe routine each time.

Got in to Yamoussoukro shortly after five - just in time to see the giant Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix back lit by the setting sun. Quickly found a hotel (with A/C) and after more than 60 hours of traveling (more than 50 of which were in a vehicle!) without a decent meal or a shower - well the rest of the night is spent showering, eating, a little bit of travel planning, and early to sleep.

Related Sites:
US State Department ConsularInformation Sheets: Côte d'Ivoire
CIA World Fact Book: Côte d'Ivoire

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