Internet

How difficult it is to check your emails in Togo?
Well, it’s all about a bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time!

Having been out of reach of Internet for several days one of the first things to do in Lomé is checking our emails and arranging some financial matters.
We stroll the streets looking for a cyber café. The one we were looking for had already closed down for the night. But, no worries, there’s always another one just around the corner. And so it was this time. A lady was kind enough to show us the way.

Arriving at the little cyber café a strange feeling arose. The guys didn’t seem to speak a lot of French, which is a bit awkward in a French speaking country. There were no other people around, whereas cyber cafés mostly stuffed with people. When we asked for the price and for computers to use it felt even more strange. Computers still had to be started up, on second thought they were shut down again and others were started.

By then we had found out the guys were Nigerians. And even though it’s not recommended to judge people on the country they come from, it is a fact that Nigerians do not have the best name, when it comes to being reliable. They have a name for being related to internet fraud.

‘Did you bring that little booklet’, I ask Josefien (in Dutch).
She instantly starts searching her pockets and hand bag.
‘No sorry, I didn’t,’ she replies.
‘Then we might better go back home to look for it’, I reply.

We explain the situation to the guys and ‘promise’ to return shortly.
Leaving the place we are pretty sure we will not be able to find it again 🙂

Five minutes later we are seated in another cyber café. It does not yet feel really comfortable, but I do check my emails anyway. Next time I’ll bring my own laptop*. It’s no guarantee for safe internet use of course, but at least it has decent antivirus software!

* Using my own laptop comes with another huge advantage: a familiar the keyboard.

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About MoInMali

Monique is the founder of Papillon Reizen, a Mali based travel agency specialized in inspiring journeys in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. Fair-trade and with a heart for people, environment and culture. Small-scale group journeys as well as family trips and journeys tailored to your wishes. We love to share West Africa's beauty with you and take you on a journey to experience rather than to see. Monique lives in Mali with her Malian partner and shares some of her daily life experiences with you through this blog. For information on Papillon Reizen: www.papillonreizen.com
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