As things begin to settle down a bit more for me, I have come to realize certain things:
- It looks like I have found a permanent house (more on that once I have something rock solid).
- I am starting to feel like I live here.
- taxis suck: they are hot, smelly, the seats can be wet, and you will arrive feeling flustered and like you could use a shower. Basically, I really want a car
- I am starting to get interesting tips on how to save money in Abidjan.
Meet the ECO+ card. This little card, which I hope to purchase tomorrow, will give me discounts to a bunch of places I already go to. The best deals I saw were:
20% off of hotel rooms at the Hotel Emlys (apparently it's a decent place in 2 Plateaux), 15% off all purchases at Foire de Chine ( a store in Treichville that sells everything, including furniture and appliances), 20% off of car parts at SKPA ( a garage in Zone 4), 10% off of the final bill at Mix nightclub, 15% off at Montana.
All in all, since the card only costs 5 000 francs, it looks worth it to me. I eat at a bunch of the places listed: Montana, Norima, Saakan, and any discount I can get would be more than welcome...