GLEN Lagos Nigérie 2010

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Cesty / Travel

It is almost noon and instead of enjoying planned trip to the Gurara Falls we are still standing in a horrible heat at a side of a road somewhere on the outskirts of Abuja. For the last two hours we have been waiting here for a taxi or bus to pick us up. All the buses coming from the right direction are totally full, the same goes for the taxis. They say there is a traffic jam in the city and all of the buses and taxis are there and can not come here. Finally John manages to persuade a neighbor to take us by car to the waterfall for quite a sum of money and we can start.

Už je skoro poledne a my místo plánovaného výletu k vodopádům pořád ještě trčíme v hrozném vedru na kraji silnice kdesi na předměstí Abuji. Už dvě hodiny marně čekáme až nám zastaví autobus nebo taxík. Všechny autobusy v tom správném směru jsou narvané po střechu. Prý je ve městě dopravní zácpa a tak všechny autobusy a taxíky jsou tam a sem žádný nepřijede. Nakonec John sežene známého, který je ochotný nás za pěkně mastnou sumičku odvézt autem a můžeme vyrazit.

Abuja has been the country’s capital city only since 1991 when the federal institutions were moved here from Lagos. Abuja was chosen for its strategic location in the center of the country as well as for its ethnical neutrality. The city was artificially built and as a result the streets are wide and the huge distances force the visitor to jump from taxi to cab in order to move around. Impressive buildings and their unfinished constructions line the boulevards. Luxury villas are part of the embassies quarters. Pleasantly surprising is the quantity of green areas and parks and the amount of free space in comparison to Lagos, where all the space is used.