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Angola (other) Visit: 2011-8
2013-02-26 -


DRC (Zaire) Visit: 2012-10
2013-02-26 - We often passed by this elephant on our way to Lubumbashi train station inquiring about the next train to leave - after 3 weeks we successfully got a ticket to Kalemie at Lake Tanganyika.


Euskadi (Basque Country) Visit: 1980-8
2009-12-30 - have been there several times but not in the last decades - must go there soon again...
first time was still uner Franco's rule in 1972 - terrible situation then. then again in 1974 and 1975 and again in about 1980.
seems to be a rather rough area still now but worth a trip - friends told me.


Rio Muni (Bata) Visit: 1999-9
2009-11-28 - We entered from Cameroon through Ebbibeyin and could not go on the same day becauswe they first wanted a huge "donation" or "charge", resp. although we had a valid visa. Then our passports were already handed to some comisario who had already left. Next day we could get our passports back without further payment and took a bus to Bata. During our busride we had to pay several "fees" (about 3 USD each time) because all locals on the bus had to wait till we had paid - we did not want them to wait longer than our regular 15 minutes' discussion with the check-point officers. On an obligatory registration in Bata we were confronted with the "hard fact" that we should have paid another 100 USD for going north - we refused an told the officers that we are returning to Cameroon on the regular bus to Ebbibeyin the next day. We saw Equatorial Guinea mainly from the bus window and strolling around in the border area and in Bata - photographing is strictly forbidden and leads to arrest and high fines. That was our experience.
Others - we spoke later - had even harder forms of getting money from them, e.g. arrest till the bus had left etc.


South Sudan Visit: 2012-12
2014-05-02 - We received our visas within 2 days in Kampala, Uganda and went to the very south near the South Sudanese border with Uganda which was a rather rough ride by shared taxis starting in Arua, NW Uganda. There was no border hassle on our way to Yei a pleasant but a bit dusty small town with markets and busy people. The road to Juba is said to be one of the best in the country (except the connection between Juba and Kampala)but it was most time not much more than a piste. In Lainya (different spelling on different maps or signs) we had a stop-over for one day and it was worth-while although the little village with nice small hills around is not really a touristic spot. (There is a real hotel there and some private rooms available). Juba (the capital9 is more a large agglomearation of refugee camps than a city - in the future city centre they are busily building houses with more than one storey... and there is even an ATM (that didn\'t work with Visa when we tried - although showing the symbol). There are some open air garden restaurants to cool down from the heat, but all in all Juba is an amazingly hectic and noisy place. We noticed that most of the work is done by migrant workers from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Eritrea... but they are confronted by a massive racism from the authorities - we had more than one disgusting experience e.g. with our (shared) taxi driver attacked by armed security officers because of being one of the \"Eritreans with rotten car...\" etc. Juba is connected with several daily buses to Kampala along the only tarmac road to the border.


Tanzania (Mainland) Visit: 2012-12
2013-02-26 - The east west road in the south along the Mocambiquean border is really exhausting - but by 2014 there will be a tarmac road (they said).
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