Filed Under (Beninese culture) by Rob on 20-09-2008

* Hot, humid ‘five-shirts-a-day’ weather. (See here)

* The ubiquitous song which goes ‘Yovo yovo bonsoir, ça va bien merci’. (See here)

* Having to sleep under a mosquito net and take malaria prophylaxis. (See here)

* Getting malaria regularly in spite of the above. (See here, here and here)

* Power cuts for up to 30 hours. (See here)

* That it’s not safe to drive at night in most of the country. (see here)

* People following you, asking for money.

* Having your windscreen washed at the traffic lights, whether you want it or not.

* Being constantly aware of the risks of ceiling fans.

* Thick, blue clouds of Cotonou pollution brought on by 1,000’s of zemidjans. (see here)

2 Comments posted on "Ten things I DON’T miss about Benin…"
Jutta on October 11th, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

Most of these apply to Mali, too, even though it is of course less humid here. So far I was not aware of the risk of ceiling fans. Are you too tall, or what is the problem?

Rob on October 13th, 2008 at 4:56 pm #

Jutta, I’ll tell you the ceiling fan story one day in Mali. PS Yes, they are risky – I have proof!!