Wow, what a first few days. Got to Paris then had a long lay over and got to Abidjan late. Professor from University picked me up and I went to bed and slept until 3 pm the next day. Whoops...or oh yeah! Had a look around town and decided that the French Quarter is where I want to live. Slower paced, nice cafes, and some cool old colonial type houses. No luck securing a place but I'm checking some out tomorrow so that should be good. Yesterday, we went to a fishing village a bit out of town and it was really, really cool. Took a long walk through it and the people were very welcoming but not too welcoming. All of the places were simple and it was poor but still there was a lot of pride and organization to the village stretched out along the coast. Pretty cool and the people were great. It was kind of unusual in that they just gave us a bonsoir or ca va and went about their business. Kind of nice especially for an American in la cote d'ivoire. Today, headed out to a private beach deep in the jungle and it was money. Roads were terrible on the way and had to get a ride in a 4x4 for the last part but the place was very cool and we had a fantastic lunch and caught some waves. Surf was blown out but talked to some locals and they said early morning is very good and that the best months are ahead: October through March are supposed to be phenomenal. Can't wait.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.