Day 5 – My Visa for Togo

Back at Reverend Asare’s home, we got up late Thursday morning, May 23.  Both of us were somewhat exhausted from the long travel, heat, and various experiences of the previous day.  Meeting at the breakfast table, we appreciated the granulated coffee that had been left for us along with a thermos of hot water.

We knew that Thursday was going to be a valuable day to accomplish some things in Accra – namely, I needed to visit the Togolese Embassy.  We gathered up our things and piled into a taxi once again for the 45-minute (or longer, depending on traffic) trip to the center of Accra from the far suburb where the Asare’s home lies.

Some pictures taken along the street in Accra:

 

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The obtaining of the visa for Togo required that I appear at the embassy to make application and pay a fee in the morning, then return at around 3:00 pm the same day to pick up the visa after processing. We had some time to kill.

We decided to try and see a museum in Accra.  Finding the first museum (arts and culture) under renovation, we tried the museum of science and technology.  We were the only guests, it seemed, as we tentatively walked up to the building and into the doors.  We found a couple staff just inside who told us we were free to look around.  But the entire bottom floor was empty.  Here are some of the displays from the second floor.  Most of the information you could read was on a collection of banners arranged at the center of the museum, dated from 2015.

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And these museum displays:

Like, that was it….

Loved the overhead projector.  🙂  But seriously.  It was a very sad situation to me.  There really weren’t any other exhibits besides these. Tengue said it’s because Africans don’t have anything to teach the West about science and technology.  I don’t agree… but I can see that there is a lot of disheartenment here about the state of progress.

We had some lunch, then went back to the Togo Embassy and killed a little more time shopping for a basket outside along the street for me to bring home.

 

This day was shorter but we had a mission and accomplished it.  I did manage to get the Togolese visa, which took a big load off my mind.  I’d be needing that in order to cross into Togo the next morning. TENGUE had a lot of things in mind for us to do once back in Lome, Togo.  He was eager to get back on his home turf after almost a week away.

At supper that evening with Asare’s, we were treated to the presence of Rev. Asare as he came home from the office.  He took time to sit and talk with us and pray with us, and we talked about ways that Theovision could be of help to us in Togo.  We plan to start some Bible listening groups in TENGUE’s area as soon as we can raise money for the solar powered listening units.

I was so excited to be on my way to Togo in the morning.  I was reluctant to leave the Asare’s home, but anxious to go and do the thing I’d had my heart set on since the beginning: visit the children of CUAED Togo Orphanage.  But first we would have two days in Lome to shop, see places of importance, meet TENGUE’s family and our translator.  I couldn’t wait!

 

2 thoughts on “Day 5 – My Visa for Togo

  1. You’ve got me on the edge of my seat about the next entry!

    Was it not possible to get the visa for Togo, before you left?

    I also thought the slide carousel, reel-to-reel projector, and the overhead were funny, since, ahem, those were in my life, NOT that long ago, sheesh.

    I think I would not have drunk the water in the thermos…I have eaten instant coffee crystals plain before (without water at all). (Weirdo, I know.)

    And yeah, waiting to see if they would grant the visa — nerve-wracking. But they did.

    I am enjoying each entry very much! Looking forward to the next one.

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    1. Yes, I got the visa! That was a big relief. 😅 I was amazed to see the slide carousel & overhead projector & laughed trying to explain them to TENGUE – “I used these in school!” I’m glad you’re enjoying my stories.

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