You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
I typed this post by the beach!!! Yes, the hotel I was lodged at had a beach side and It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.
Anyway, I spent the just concluded Easter holiday in Benin Republic and it was such an amazing time for me. I would be doing two posts on my holiday there. My journey didn’t start on a good one solely because of the delay I experienced using cross country for the first and last time. I had heard tales about the famous Seme Border and wasn’t ready for all that stress and I was advised to go with a known transport company to save all the stress. ABC had the big luxurious buses only for my scheduled travel date and I decided to go with cross country. We got there as early as 5 am and was told that the bus was coming while we watched other buses go . 3 hours later, still no bus and my friend Simi of EatTechTravel wasn’t having that anymore and decided for us to get a refund and just find our way. At 10 am we were set to leave cross country park when an old rickety luxurious bus pulled up; no way I was entering that. I can go on and on about how poorly these people treated us but not to worry as a few hours later I was there crossing the famous Seme border with my friends and no transport company doing the work for me. Of course, we had to pay at different points but it wasn’t that bad as I had read.
Crossed the border and I was welcomed to Cotonou. We had booked our hotel through Jumia Travel, so all we had to do was show up. It took us about 2 hours from Cotonou to our hotel in Grand Popo. I was really exhausted by the time we got there, thanks to the time wasted at cross country. Welcomed into Auberge De Grand Popo I was first amazed by the waves which the hotel was by.
I quickly ordered food which I could barely finish due to mosquitoes ( oh yeah Nigeria mosquitoes are learning work). My escaped albino body was already turning red and if you know me well, you know how I look when I am red😉. Afterwards, I slept and this ended my first day in Benin Republic.
Day 2 In Benin Republic
The next day was set aside to explore places mainly in Ouidah town which is the ancestral and spiritual home of the Voodoo Religion. Ouidah means python, named after the voodoo divinity Houéda Dagbé.
Our first stop of the visit was to the Point of no return.
Here we learnt how the slaves were taken away never to return by the colonial masters. Africa truly suffered in the hands of the colonial masters. The unique thing that struck my attention here was the representation of Nigeria using our legendary tribal marks as explained by our tour guide
He further said there is a festival that holds there every 10th of January to celebrate the voodoo religion. We moved on to see the old offices used by the colonial masters and a Momentum built by the Catholics. Afterwards, I bought some souvenirs; what’s travelling without patronizing the locals. We later visited the Pythons temple and the Ouidah Museum which I shared here.
How did you spend your Easter holiday? Have you been to the Benin Republic before? What was your experience like crossing the border and exploring the country? I would love to hear from you.
Love, from your Favourite Ajala!