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People are very accomodating, food is very good (mostly), not expensive to live and discos rock!!!
unsafe at night
In a nutshell
I am standing at the bank waiting for my money to be passed through the glass, and a man walks right up and stands about 10 inches from me!
I begin to think there is something going on here, so I ask him to stand in the line! Well, there are really no such things as that for the "next in line."
As the man starts to push the American Dollars through, I get really paranoid and start to block the man from putting his own slip through the slot. We argue about space for a couple of seconds to find out that it is perfectly normal! I took my bills and took off!
Honestly took me awhile to be able to stand there and count my money while someone else is right there, but when in Rome...
Written Feb 16, 2005
When you are doing anything from shopping at the local markets for veggies, to getting a taxi, remember the rule of 3! Always go 3000 francs lower than what they say and you will have the correct price. Usually I give them 1000 out of the 3000, but it will help you to do this to gain their respect.
Unique Suggestions: Usually you will not be that hassled anywhere you go, but I always keep the politeness aparent and just say no thanks! It works 99% of the time!
Written Feb 16, 2005
Luggage and bags: Bags WILL be checked by the guards when you arrive, so be prepared!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: walking shoes or sandles
boots for hiking in some regions
loose fitting shirts and pants
Be prepared to have everything dirty because we have tons of dirt and dust here!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I stopped taking malaria pills a year ago, but if you are visiting, it is a good idea to start a good 2 weeks prior. Also, there are about 4-5 shots/pills you will need to be given and present the card at the airport.
We have many pharmacies here that have everything you will need, but I prefer Advil to the local stuff!
Photo Equipment: Be careful with cameras here because sometimes they dont care... and sometimes it could cost you the camera!
My practice is just to ask... sometimes it costs nothin, sometimes a few cents and sometimes... just walk away smilin!!!
Miscellaneous: Hat to cover your precious head!!!
If you are here for awhile... buy an iron there and bring here. We have C$%p irons!!!
Written May 24, 2005
This is the Mangrove Hotel, in Dabompa, outside of Conakry. It is close to the ocean. Took about 2 hrs to get there, but worth it! It is nice to get out of the city where the air is a little cleaner! This hotel is so hidden, I had to stop 4 times on the road to ask. Well, now I know why... this is the local watering hole of the wealthy of Guinea to bring their "FRIENDS!" The pool was big and the service was nice! The food was very good and they actually bring out the food with plastic covering so no bugs can take what you paid for!!! As you can see, the view is nice, but takes a litlle bit of negotiating to get there. But you want privacy... you got it!
Written Sep 22, 2004