Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nigeria: From the bush to paradise


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Folks in Nigeria enjoy my trip



My trip is constantly full of contrasts. Currently I live in my own apartment and I’m being fed by my own cook.

Coming to Nigeria was a different experience. The country has a lot of oil and therefore a fleet bigger than all other countries in West Africa.
Biking in Lagos, which is one of the largest cities in Africa with 15 million inhabitants, was a headache. .Driving style is not exactly like home, and here, it’s the largest car that gets the right of passing first. Chaos and noise without equal. But it gave me a little kick to follow the stream in this crazy traffic. People shouting and screaming at each other and I wasn’t any better, shouting and shaking my fist. A car bumped into the back of my bag and rear wheel, slashing my bag.

Everywhere accidents


R ode towards Nigeria Delta, where most of the oil is found. I had an address of a Nigerian’ friend where I could go to. He had been in Norway for many years and wanted to welcome me at his home. He was a former professional singer who sung for the president and now has his own music studio. I lived for free a few days in his studio with music around the clock.
Music Studio.
Singer Rolly and his children.

My budget was getting low and I wanted to put on some kilos before I rode on. I was now down to 70 kg and my weight should actually be 90 kg. Also my "wife" Frøya needed to have a break and be tuned a little before she biked further.
I had heard that the Norwegian oil companies were here so I started looking around to see if I could find a job. I found nothing, since most companies had left town due to the kidnapping of foreign oil workers.
After a couple of days I came in contact with a Canadian, named Paris, who worked here. We got to talked a lot since I rode through the town where he was from in Canada. He has his own transport company that works with the sale of oil. I also met with many of his friends and heard many stories about Africa that one could hardly believe. For sure these guys could be writing a 10 volume encyclopedia! But as they say, no one would believe it and this is the reason why they are not going to write it when they get home. One of them was kidnapped but was released a day later when they saw that they had taken the wrong man!

From Left. Herbert from Germany, he works for an oil company and write travel books. Nr2, Paris W Lebouf from Canada, he ownes a truck company, Falchem Mega Concept Ltd. Nr3 another german once was kidnapped . Nr 4 is are from Germany as well.


Paris also helped me to fix up my bike. My storage tray was not far enough from the wheels and constantly scratched my tires. This is the typical Canadian I that I know from my trip through Canada- extremely helpful and friendly.

Paris helped me to repair my bike


Some days later I found a Norwegian sub sea company called RUE.no, from Haugesund. This is one of the few firms that is still here in Port Harcourt. They took care of me when I told them about my problem of being under weight. They gave me a nice apartment with air conditioning, internet and cable TV. I even have my own cook and laundry woman. I must admit that I feel like in paradise after six months in the bush. The cook there puts his soul into preparing meals and I can eat all day.

She prepare me food all day long. She smiles all the time


The system of the companies around here is very safe. I can not move around as I please, etc. It is a little unusual for me after 3 years of absolute freedom, but I understand why.
A working man here, Bill, said he can help me find a job in the oil companies all around the world if I ever need it.
Bill Jaffrey from Scotland.

My "wife" was complaining of pain in the gears. I asked the bicycle company Trek if they could help me with new and stronger wheels. It’s the heavy load and the bad roads which always give her problems.

There is one thing I missed and that is protein powder. I have used this many times before when I was training for strength and I know how effective it is. No criticism of the food, but it is a completely different bacteria and flora than what I'm used to. Some times I need to use the toilet before I finish eating.
I contacted the Norkost.no company and they will sponsored me 3 kg powder for me as a roughneck from Norway.
I am excited to get back on the road again full of muscles.
I found a couple who will help me to create a new web site, Marit and Knut Rønningen. I am happy to see the results.
I have sold 3 calendars and one picture after my first day of publishing.Was little pride rest of the day.
I will stay a little longer until I head out for South Africa.

Greetings from Frøya and Rune

33 comments:

俊偉 said...

你不能左右天氣,但你可以改變心情..................................................................

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邦雄 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。....................................................................

佩春 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。.................................................................

于庭 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。.................................................................

向霖向霖 said...

人有兩眼一舌,是為了觀察倍於說話的緣故。............................................................

RalphBrau采男 said...

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新順 said...

偶爾上來逛逛,下次不知是否還有緣再進來,先祝您平安順利!!!............................................................

郁雯郁雯 said...

要用心經營哦~~祝福你~~
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廖珮秋廖珮秋 said...

教育無他,愛與榜樣而已............................................................

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琬安琬安 said...

做好事,不需要給人知道,雖然只是一件微不足道的事,但我相信,這會帶給我快樂。..................................................

佳瑩佳瑩 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債.................................................................

alv賴arez冠bar伶rett said...

Practice makes perfect.............................................................

黃柏盈 said...

愛情是一種發明,需要不斷改良。只是,這種發明和其他發明不一樣,它沒有專利權,隨時會被人搶走。.................................................................

文王廷 said...

絕不要羞於承認自己不知道的事。..................................................

恭v秋昀嘉 said...

時時關心,時時感動。..................................................

文王廷 said...

幸福不是一切,人還有責任。............................................................

浩子 said...

Poverty is stranger to industry..............................................

承王蓁 said...

一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼............................................................

王辛江淑萍康 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」..................................................

王志陳雅竹豪 said...

如果你批評他人。你就沒有時間付出愛......................................................................

張王雅竹欣虹 said...

愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

junjun said...

獲益不少,謝謝分享!............................................................

华瑗泽 said...

若有人問你成功時會不會記得他 試問若你失敗時他會不會記得你......................................................................

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