Ouidah Diary II

So many stories, so little time. I like to describe myself as a storyteller, and a significant portion of that is to collect stories. And let me tell ya, I did a whole lot of that today. Africa is rich in history and stories and I sometimes worry that we might lose some of these incredible tales. But that is a story for another day. But back to today's waka. My first port of call was the Python Temple. It's the temple of the python deity Houedah Dagbe (simply called Houedah), home of Voodoo and located right opposite what I'm told is the first church in West Africa. Said church was given land belonging to the temple by the priests who actively encouraged their members to go to church in the morning before show...

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Ouidah Diary I

So, Ouidah. First of all, never pronounce the word like it's an English word. It is not and if you pronounce it wrong, you will get directed to another country 😢. Take my word for it, it happened to me three different times yesterday before some bilingual angel rescued me from the abysmal depths of my own ignorance. In French, the word is pronounced wii-dah not oi-dah like my perfect English speaking self did and almost ended up in Togo. Ouidah is a town in Republique du Benin, a country in West Africa that shares a border with Nigeria. It's the town where I will be spending the next few days doing that thing I do where I claim to be on vacation and end up spending an inordinately large time of the day hunch...

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