I arrived at a campground on the edge of Bissau and immediately had a wash! The aim for Bissau was to acquire a visa for the next country, Guinea. It was a Friday and the Guinea consular closes mid afternoon, so I decided to stay here over the weekend.
The campground mostly has rooms, but they've let me pitch the tent. A novelty for is they have a swimming pool! It felt fantastic to get some exercise.
Public transport is great for seeing people and a new location. Cheap too at 100 CFA. I ventured on the bus into town.
The buses are minibuses where passengers get on and off via the door or at the back or ride up front with the driver.
There's one main road into Bissau, and it's lined with markets selling everything from mobile phone batteries and water pipes to fresh vegetables and cooked meals. Here's a view from a foot bridge.
The stalls on the roadside are just the front of the market. Weave through the gaps between stalls, and the market stretches away from the road covered by corrugated roofing. You really can find just about anything in here! I had a delicious plate of rice and fish sat down in a tiny room with locals who didn't bat an eyelid with me present. Very similar to what I'd eaten in Senegal.
It feels much slower when on the bus and edging closer to the historical part of the town.
Wandering around the historical part of Bissau and the port, it can be described with one word: sleepy. It's very laid back and no hustle and bustle compared to the route in.
I approached the Presidential Palace but a soldier quickly approached me and gestured to go away. So, I stood the other side of the statue in front of the palace to get this shot. If you look very closely, there's a Christmas tree in the garden.
Some of the roads are paved, whilst others are in desperate need of repair or simply dirt. This is one street away from the port.
An objective has been to clean and lubricate my chain. I'm ashamed to say, I haven't done it for a long time. Whilst searching for cleaner and lube, I stumbled upon new motorcycles for sale that looked remarkably like mine!
My motorcycle had a well needed wash followed by a clean and lubrication of the chain. I was looking for WD40 (cleaner ) gear oil (lube), which is the next best thing in Africa.
I found empanadas for sale, so seized the opportunity -- these are so tasty! This was mostly beef with small amount of onion.
Whilst at the campsite, I met Jean-Claude Vallet who was also camping. He's cycled round the world multiple times over 33 years visiting 112 countries and is 62-years old. This is astonishing! Fit as a fiddle, he covers 100 Km each day when cycling.
Collected the visa after the weekend, which took about 4 hours to process. Next stop: Guinea!
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