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Nov 11, 2011 - 11 Nov - Ouidah & Ganvie Stilt Village

We left our nice hotel at Ouidah early for a quick look at the town. Ouidah has a long history as a slave trading town and it was from here that many slaves were shipped off to Haiti years ago - they know this from the voodoo traditions in both countries which are the same. Apparently any person from Haiti coming back to Benin is automatically given land here, in recognition that this is their home. A group of people visiting to "find their roots" were upset that there was no memorial to the slaves and asked UNESCO to remedy this - there...

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Jan 11, 2008 - Ouidah, Benin

Since no go on visas to Djibouti we decided after some discussion to stop in Togoville on our way out of Togo. At Hotel Le Lac in Agbodrato we hired a pirogue to cross Lake Togo. As the historic center of voodoo in Togo Togoville is a bust, we saw not a single fetish but many fishermen on the lake tossing their nets and catching a few tiny silvery fishes. The lake is never more than waste deep so many of those fishing were just standing in the water. Hiked back to the highway, caught a taxi which barely made it to Ouidah, Benin having...

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