benin videos

Dear parents (because let’s be honest — who else is going to watch these?):

Here are some YouTube videos we found recently from Benin. Enjoy!


First, here’s a nicely-produced introduction to Cotonou. It’s in French, but you can get a good visual sense of the city.

Now, here’s a less flattering depiction. Cotonou. Rush hour. Enough said.

Think driving couldn’t get any worse? Two words: rainy season.

Now you see why high clearance was of utmost importance in our car search.

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5 Responses to benin videos

  1. Jeanne says:

    Wise decision to get a used car. How long before you trade it in for a pair of scooters?

  2. Megan says:

    I just wanted to leave my first comment… it seemed only fitting after reading your entire blog!

    I’m currently waiting to hear back about the QEP and hoping that it will be good news. I’ve really enjoyed reading your stories- the two of you have a wonderful sense of humor, a very down-to-earth sensibility, and an adorable dog! Please keep writing about everything, it’s been a blast to read so far!

    Also- if you’re still looking for fun/interesting roadtrip ideas around Arlington, consider a visit to my little corner of the world, West Virginia! If you make it out this way, please let me know. Harper’s Ferry is great for history buffs and nature lovers. You might also want to consider visiting some of the Civil War battlefields in the surrounding areas- Antietam is nearby and wonderful to walk through.

  3. Alex says:

    Megan — Welcome, and thanks for the WV suggestions! As luck would have it, we actually have a trip planned there this weekend! We’ll be staying near Harper’s Ferry and probably just relaxing, exploring, maybe rafting… we’ll try to squeeze in some of the Civil War battlefields too. Merci! And best of luck on the QEP! When will you hear?

  4. Sherrie says:

    I’m thinking Segways during rush hour and canoes during the rainy season. You should be then be well equipped to handle it all!

  5. Megan says:

    Thank you! Harper’s Ferry and the surrounding areas are beautiful- we’re also supposed to have great weather this weekend. I hope you enjoy your trip!

    I’m supposed to hear around mid September… I’m so antsy to just find out!

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