Took an early initiative today to explore Abidjan. Thank goodness for some European styled food and salads with real vinegar – been craving salad ever since I arrived in West Africa! Abidjan is the world’s 4th largest French speaking city and my English doesn’t go too far here, although I’ve met a few Ghana expats and Ghana travelers who speak English.
Prices are high for taxis, lodging, food and most everything else I found. This is a city surrounded by water. I walked away from downtown and found a small ferry to the other side and ended up in the slums. 4th world to the max. Garbage was strewn everywhere and anti-malaria drinks were sold like water, right among the hard alcohol from small wooden stands. A gentleman who told me he had been out of work for 10 months offered to be my guide. The poverty was extreme. I have found nothing inspirational about Abidjan and I will be leaving tomorrow.