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morc66 Lagos - A travel report by Maurice
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Lagos; Nigeria at its best?

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I've just returned from a business trip to Nigeria. (no, I am not a Miss, and I am not part of their entourage eiher.) Being there on business ment I would have a all expence paid trip to a country few tourist would ever dream of going to. (I would not dare to go as a tourist...) Upon Arrival in Lagos airport we get our first experience of what this country is all about. Although the first passport and visa check was easy to pass, that could not be said about the second obstacle: bagage claim... While standing there for two hours, waiting for our suitcases we had two complete powerfailures (everything went dark, even controltowers etc). Finaly we got out of the airport, on to our coach which would bring us to Eko. We were escorted by two police cars with heavily armed men inside. On our way to our hotel we saw the usual: burned out cars, travel accidents, endless missery as we passed miles of slums only the middle class locals were able to live in.

Favourite spots:
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(Meridien) Eko Hotel, one of only two advisable although not recommendable hotels in this city. (The other one, the Sheraton, being closer to the airport and not so nicely located near a beach.) Eko has all things you would expect from a good hotel, but has lots of African flavours too. (like the bladdering paint on the walls, and the coca cola colored drinking water running from the tabs) This hotel had a remarkably good restaurant, where you would find many European and American non-guests as well.

What's really great:
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We had our Dutch Sinterklaas party (a Dutch traditional party that is best described as Thanksgiving combined Christmas. It involves people running around in tights (Black peters) and Saint Nicholas, the old bearded man giving away presents) at the old dutch residence of the Dutch consul. Many ex-patriats of several countries attended this party in the damp hot 34 degrees celcius afternoon. Best tip for visitors to this country: visit your national expat member... they will have endless stories about this country.

Accommodations:
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Eko Hotel - worthwhile for staying in Lagos.

Restaurants:
To the Sun. A classy restaurant in the Eko. Top quality food and verry good service.

Published on Sunday December 1th, 2002


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Sat, Feb 05 2005 - 10:31 PM rating by magsalex

I have to visit nigeria soon on a work trip so this was an interesting perspective.

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