Day 226: The Four Guineas

14.08.09:

I headed over to the Equatorial Guinea embassy only to be told that all the borders were closed and that they didn’t issue tourist visas at all, ever.

 I’ll just have to sneak in.

 I picked up my Gabonese visa, but zut alors! they’ve only given me a SINGLE entry visa. Which means I’ll have to buy another one in Sao Tome to get back. That will be my THIRD visa for Gabon, as the one in Passport #2 had run out. Ygads!!

 We packed up our gear and headed to the bordertown of Ambam on the frontiers of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, arriving around midnight after a few more spats with the bloody horrible checkpoint policemen (including one where they said that Rocco’s visa was invalid, because he needed two visas, one to arrive and another to move anywhere!!). Ratbags.

Can I also point out that there are too many countries called Guinea. There’s Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Papua New Guinea. How many Guineas do we need?

Ambam was hilarious. I took Rocco out to a local nightclub where he was instantly set upon by a sexy young thing who clung to him like a limpet. He had to (reluctantly) prise her off with a crowbar. Damn you STIs spoiling our philandering!

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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  1. gavinmac

    Aaah, a hooker update. Much appreciated.

    You need to get off the ship and get a visa in Sao Tome? That could add a week to your trip if you have to wait for the next boat to go back, no? Perhaps you should just go back without a visa to Gabon. What can they do, send you on a boat back to Sao Tome? That would be pretty funny.

    Speaking of boats, I’m looking forward to your description of the Brazzaville-Kinshasa ferry crossing. It’s on my personal bucket list.

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