Things I learned on my second trip to Lome, the capital of Togo, where I went to enjoy a weekend and re-stamp my visa into Ghana:
- If you travel with a man, no one will direct questions to you—even about your own passport.
- If you don’t present it yourself, sometimes people never ask for your passport, thus not finding out you are an American in need of a Visa
- Border officials will look at an American passport for approximately 10 minutes in order to probably determine “authenticity”
- They actually do ask to see your Yellow Fever vaccination card!
- I am still nervous about riding on motorbike taxis
- If a tro-tro is near the end of its life and will start and stop the entire way from one city to the next, the tro-tro driver and mate will still collect money and brave a journey without telling you about the vehicle’s problems
- Any journey in a tro-tro over 2 hours will result in you running out of comfortable seating positions for your body