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03 May 2009 @ 09:42 am
Lagos Airport  
This place is crazy. I never expected it to be quite like this. Let me explain. We landed this morning and then walked down one of those mobile stairways. I can't believe that some airports still use those. We go into the airport and then everything hits me. The place is hot and crowded -- no air conditioning. First, some guy approaches me and asks if i want a guide. When i tell him no he then asks if i need a driver. When I say no, he keeps presenting other services. This guy can't take a hint. I finally tell him to get lost and he gets all upset. Just when he leaves, a soldier comes up to me and rudely tells me to give him my passport. Since he has a gun, I do not argue. He tells me to wait and then disappears for an hour! I can't go through customs without the passport. Just when I am beginning to give up hope, he returns with another soldier and tells me I can't stay. Apparently my visa was cancelled. I am rarely at a loss for words but I really didn't know what to do. I can't just get back on a plane. I am standing there like a dope when the second soldier takes me aside and tells me for $100 he can get my passport back. This pisses me off but looking around, i realize i have no friends and no other options. I can't go the officials because it appears these two soldiers are the officials. I am pissed but I pay the money. They smile and thank me and give the passport back. Just then a Nigerian lady comes up to me and tells me she is sorry, but this happens a lot there. i should get used to it. The soldiers are rarely paid on time so they get creative with ways to earn money.