Aside from the five minutes that I spent hanging out on the dock, Saturday and Sunday were my first official days in Togo. On Saturday we had another blackout…hopefully our last one until the Mercy Ship sets sail again. So, to get away from the electricity barren ship, I went to a local beach called “Coco Beach” with some friends. Mercy ministry opportunities (like going to the orphanage or prison) haven’t started up yet…so we had to enjoy our Saturday in the sun and water. Poor us, I know : )
Anyways, Coco beach was really pretty and we spend the majority of our afternoon there. Then, we came back to the ship and celebrated my Guatemalan roommate’s 20th birthday and finished the evening with some soccer on the dock. It was a great day. And Sunday was just as good, but more culture filled:
Three of my roommates, a friend called Sean, and I all ventured off to the local market. After walking for about 20 minutes, we stopped at a tiny restaurant and enjoyed some amazing humus. No really, it was amazing. We will definitely be visiting that restaurant again. Once we paid the bill, we caught a local taxi and squished the 5 of us into it. The road we drove down is called the Beach Road…it follows the beach from Benin to Ghana. I had actually driven on and through it before, on my Ghana trip. Anyways, while driving along the beach, we saw men shooting arrows, couples holding hands, fishermen fishing, kids running around, and a beach party. Fifteen minutes in the car and our taxi driver dropped us off at the “market”. Well…we actually had to ask for directions multiple times & ended up walking a couple of blocks until we really arrived at the market, but we made some friends along the way (like Benin, everyone loves the white people).
The market itself was entertaining. And I was relieved to find that we didn’t get hassled nearly as much as Benin. Plus, they didn’t try to rip us off! We were given the local price on MOST stuff. What a great relief.
We made our way through about 2/3 of the market, bought some of the famous Fanmilk, and headed back to the ship for some dinner & church.