Do you have money? in English. Ciaran almost slapped him. They decided to go to the district capital, one hour away by public van, to go shopping.Surface traveling in this part of West Africa was far more challenging than Ciaran had expected. Up until now he had not had too much occasion to be on the road, since he was in training.
The roads were merely parts of the land where the trees were not growing, and the vehicles were amalgamated out of whatever could be cobbled together to propel freight. The heat and humidity were unbearable when standing out waiting for lorrys or taxis, and the pervasive foul odor of diesel and carbon monoxide was enough to knock down a strong man.
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A tro-tro was a private van roughly the size and shape of a VW microbus. They had two seat bench seats along the drivers’ side and single seats along the passengers’ side, and between them they all had welded fold down seats that could be closed once the seats to the rear were filled. This absolutely maximized the human buy youtube views capacity of the vehicles. Junior, Big Joe, and Ciaran joined one of these and since it was so early in the day they got to the very back of the tro-tro. There was already one giant market woman in the very back, so Junior took the window seat and held Big Joe on his lap and Ciaran took the seat next to him.
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