Since I was only in Togo for a short two weeks, and since we spent most of the days teaching, we didn’t have much time for other activities.
On our first day in the village, which was also a Sunday, we went from church to church to introduce ourselves to the people. There were a lot of churches. However, we were always welcomed very warmly; church in Africa is drastically different from what I’ve known church to be elsewhere. Women dress in their finest, most colourful clothes. They sing and dance and it’s a totally different atmosphere.
We also managed to spend an evening/night in the capital city, Lomé, and one weekend in Kpalimé.
We caught a community bus to Lomé where we went for dinner at “Al Donald’s” –a pretend McDonald’s. We then went to a Reggae bar and met up with some friends. We danced and laughed and had a lot of fun. At around 3am we caught a cab back to the village–but the cab driver got lost in the African bush. A trip that could take around 30-40 minutes took us two hours. We did manage to get back safely though ;)
The morning after – or should I rather say afternoon–we made our way to Kpalimé to the waterfall. On our first night we went to a bar where we spent another night dancing and drinking – we met another group of volunteers and… believe me when I say that those Togolese guys have some serious dance moves going on. I kid you not, they’re incredible and passionate dancers.
The next morning we got on taxi-motos and went to the waterfall. This taxi-moto thing… well let’s just say it’s probably not for everyone. Let me tell you that I feared for my life the entire time.
The waterfalls were gorgeous, secluded with clear, ice cold water.
Other than that, we regularly danced around the fire to the beat of traditional Togolese drums, and met up with the group of volunteers we met in Kpalimé. As it turned out they stayed only a short walk away from us ;)
However, most days we were just crazy exhausted and more than happy to go to bed at 9pm.
[Above: our group of volunteers with the kids.| Below: community taxi to Lomé.]
[Above and below: Al Donald’s!]
[Above: rainy street in Lomé at 3am.| Below: dancing and drinks in Kpalimé.]
[Above and below:the waterfall.]
[Above: waterfall fun.| Below: Moise, Laura and I on a taxi-moto.]
[Above: Sunday at church. | Below: an evening together with the other group of volunteers.]