Well, what a disastrous start to ‘The Big Adventure’! The Air Ivoire flight was cancelled without them giving any reason—in fact, their representative took forever to get to the airport to tell us what was going on. Then, to cap it all, he didn’t seem to have a clue either!
First he gave everyone a piece of paper which would, he said, get us on the Air Burkina flight if they could delay our connecting flight in Abijan (Côte d’Ivoire). When the Air Burkina flight arrived it was fully booked anyhow, so no go.
By this time voices were rising and arms were waving—quite funny to watch from where I was sitting. After a four hour wait, the poor man decided to take us all to an hotel. More grief for him, as the hotel sent a kombie and only a third to a quarter of us could fit in. While everyone was still complaining on the pavement, Ian and I slipped into the back seats, and left them there waiting for the kombi to return for them.