Benin's capitol, Cotonou felt to me like an enormous churning machine, a vastly different experience from the tranquil and nearly vacant Porto Novo. Benin was a lesson in contrasts, as well as a lesson in possible alternatives to the life I've been living. Benin also introduced me to the surreal and sometimes irrefutable beliefs in voodoo, and was so engaging that I did not want to leave.

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Welcome to the Machine

3/4/08: Engaging with the churning machine that is Cotonou, Benin


Donít Go Around Breaking Young Girlsí Hearts

3/4/08: Voodoo in Ouidah and Porto Novo. Dancing to Michael Jackson in Ganvie, Benin


Start From Scratch

3/4/08: The fascinating story behind the creation of Chez Theo Hotel in Possotome, Benin


That Sinking Feeling

3/5/08: Motorcycling around Lake Aheme, eating rodents of unusual size, and sinking a dugout boat in Possotome, Benin


Here Cowboy Bars and Dance Clubs Donít Exist

3/5/08: Serenity on the beach in Grand Popo, Benin, plus an offer to change my life forever


The Power Of The Voodoo

3/17/08: Voodoo ceremonies in Ouidah, science and voodoo meet in Abomey, lots of dead animals, and a voodoo curse of my own


The Power Of The Voodoo

3/17/08: Voodoo ceremonies in Ouidah, science and voodoo meet in Abomey, lots of dead animals, and a voodoo curse of my own