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Monday, December 14, 1998
Lomé, Togo
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Lomé, Togo:
Latitude: 6° 9' 2" North
Longitude: 1° 17' 58" East
Altitude: 17 feet
From Seattle: 8229 miles
Lodging: Camp - Robinson Plage

Today's Travel:
Country: Togo
Region: Coastal Togo
Weather: Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 613
Linear Dist: 130730
Countries Visited: 43
Regions Visited: 174
More stats...
Hotels: 187
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 64
Hostels: 145
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2127

Journal Entry:
Got up before the others, did some push ups (the soreness from yesterdays ball game was reminding me that I haven't exercised in way to long), and went for a swim. The gray mists and quiet morning mad the swim special, almost surreal. After showering I took my walkman and had beautiful breakfast of pineapple and fresh bread, listening to music and working on my journal and email.

Sometime before noon we all push started the Land Rover (both batteries are completely trashed and it took a lot of effort to get the car going) to drive into town. I went to Nigeria's embassy only to be told to come back tomorrow - so I still don't know if I'll have a visa or not.

Back at the car the guys have bought a couple new batteries - but now we have three hours to waste as they're filled with acid and charged. The time is spent eating - of course. I tried to take the others back to the Italian restaurant I ate at Friday, but it's closed on Mondays. We found a similar (i.e. Western) restaurant called Texas Style, and had mediocre pizza and enchiladas. Joy and I went to the internet cafe while Dean and Stu went to retrieve the car.

When the guys returned with the car it was off to make a phone call at this tele boutique we'd seen that advertised prices about 1/3 of everyone else's. The reason it was so cheap was that it was over the internet. The quality sucked and the delay made conversation impossible. Luckily I was able to give Mom the number so she could call back on a real phone (took three repeats before she understood the entire number). After finishing with the phone it was back to camp for diner, beers, and cards. I really getting sick of the version of Gin we've been playing...

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Lome
US State Department ConsularInformation Sheets: Togo
CIA World Fact Book: Togo

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