Discussing plans for the next weeks all morning. Joachim and Maryam had raised their own budget for their part of the project, and they only stayed 2 weeks, so they were fine. We have serious financial problems: we can afford to stay on a cheap place until we fly back with our private money, but as soon as we want to work, we need more. Most of all, we can not afford going to Lagos – visa, fees and bribes make it too expensive.
Maryam and Joachim landed in Lagos and stayed there 3 days of trash research already. Maryam had hundreds of photos, showing real impressive waste heaps.
Crossing the border to Benin had cost them Eur 100,- each – it was an adventurous story of arbitrariness and corruption. For them, Cotonou was the low-cost paradise, while for us, coming from the other side and different stories, it suddenly was really expensive: we can´t live in the truck anymore, it had to be parked safely and protected, so we have to pay a hotel room for Eur 30,-/night.
We tuned in to Cotonou slowly, next days will be garbage-rich again. Finally.