Sunday, December 26, 2010

Post card from Lagos

Posted by Varun | Sunday, December 26, 2010 | Category: , , , |

As promised, here I am with a picture post card (Click on the thumbnails to see the full size image and don't forget to click on hyperlinks in the post) from Lagos. Before you dive into the pictures, here's a lil tidbit about the city!

"It’s the largest city in Africa, with wall-to-wall people, bumper-to-bumper cars. The city takes its name from the Portuguese for lagoon, and has been a Yoruba port, a British political centre and until 1991, Nigeria’s capital. It remains the economic and cultural powerhouse of the country, and has a superb live music scene and West Africa’s most inimitable street life. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but if you’re up for an urban adventure then you might find Lagos truly compelling. A true megacity and the face of modern Africa as much as any picture postcard national park – jump right in." - Lonely Planet

Will start off with a sign board and then move on to my apartment and office. People do keep the city clean. Main roads look spic-and-span but sometimes the footpaths and side roads are as smelly as Phoebe Buffay's cat!

Drawing Room

Balcony next to Drawing Room
Kia Rio, My Roomie Kamal and our Driver Hakim
Stairs from Drawing room to Bedrooms

My Room :)

Work Place. Golden Plaza, Lagos
MTN's Y'ello (Yellow) Christmas Tree

Enough of apartment and Office! Let me move on to bird's eye view of Lagos! (Pictures have been shot from the 9th floor of Golden Plaza!)

 MTN parking lot
Flyover, A housing colony and an old market

Boat Club. Water seen is the back waters of Atlantic Ocean!
Wasn't that just amazing!? I know I am praising my own pictures but is there anything wrong in calling an amazing picture amazing!? :-D

Okay now let me zoom in a little and show you the traffic,some buildings and anything  that caught my eye while driving to work. Haven't really managed to capture the true essence of Lagos and the bumper to bumper traffic yet but since it is something that is seen almost every day, I'll capture if for you very soon! 

I had read somewhere that if you drive in Lagos you can drive anywhere in the world. I think everyone would say the same about the city they live in but after seeing how people drive here, I should say, if you have driven in Bangalore, you can drive blind folded in Lagos.

Awolowo Road. Oh yes! There are Autos

Lagos Taxi. Haven't traveled in one yet

100 cc Motorbikes are everywhere

City Buses (Called Lag Bus) lined up

Back waters you saw in one of the pictures above takes us to lots of lovely little lagoons and islands! One such beach cum lagoon is Ibeshe. We had a team outing there and it was awesome to say the least. I will round off my post with some memories from that trip.

With my Manager and someone who's taller than me

I came here to work. I am not kidding!

Ibeshe Resort

Playing soccer/football

Love the last two pictures!

Hope you had a great Christmas weekend and hope you enjoyed the picture post card from Lagos! Stay tuned for more! :-)

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Currently have 34 comments:

  1. Nice pics Varun. Looks like you are the white boy in town over there. Have fun. :)

  2. Very nice pictures Varuni....loved each one of them. You look very handsome in your formals!
    Lagos does look very glad you are enjoying your stay.
    Send us more pictures when you can...

  3. Nice pictures :)And really good that you are making the most of your stay there. I have a friend who lived for more than 15 years in Lagos and hence i am so familiar with the city!

  4. @Ashik - Thanks so much :) White or not, I'm surely the odd one out :)

  5. @Chaiti - Thanks so much :) :). I have given the Picasa link at the end of the post. I even forwarded u the same.

  6. @Preeti - Thank you :) Have to make the most of it as I have only 3 months and life gets boring if I don't. This is my first real experience of Africa in anyway so everything is new to me :)

  7. Beautiful pictures! Looks like you are having a time of your life!

  8. :) Cool pictures.

  9. Wow really good and ur work place is too good :):)

  10. @Aparajita - Yeah! Don't I do that all the time :)

  11. @Justin - Thank you :) and Thanks for commenting :)

  12. @Pooja - Thank you Thank you :)

  13. Awesome pictures Varun :):)
    Its really nice to see u enjoy :):)
    Take lots of care :):)

  14. Saw the wonderful pictures of yours from Lagos. It was like a birds eye view of the city. Good job Varuni. Keep it up.

  15. Wow Varun nice pics .... Have fun

  16. Nice pics Varun...Have fun

  17. @Spoorthy - Thank you :) Glad you enjoyed the pictures!!

  18. @Appa - Thank you so much.. :)

  19. @Avantika/TitanicGirl4u - Welcome to Digital Diary!

    Thanks so much. I'm enjoying my stay out here and having great fun!

  20. Great snaps...Keep updating and enjoy your rest of the stay !!

  21. Nice pictures. You are really enjoying there :), now I would say its nice country and found far better than what I thought earlier.

  22. @Devi - Thanks a lot :) Will surely keep everyone posted..

  23. @Saurabh - Yes. It is indeed a nice place. Why don't you post some pictures of snow draped Sweden?

  24. Enjoying your time at Lagos, eh... That's really awesome...! Nice snaps, I must say...! ;)

  25. Awesome aish hai tere!! :)

  26. Awesome aish hai tere!! :)

  27. @Sameer - Ya. Having a really good time! Thanks :)

  28. @Divya - Good to see your comments :) Thanks so much!

  29. @Akshat - Yeah! You would have enjoyed it had u been here!

  30. Wow..your blog looks so refreshing and yes the pics are really great...Happy new year :)

  31. Hi Valerine!

    Long time no see :-) Thanks a lot for such lovely compliments.

  32. Woohoo! Nice clicks - somehow it looks better in the pics :) and nice write-up

  33. I am pleasantly surprised. The way the others described the place, I thought it would be rather drab. But the pictures stand testimony to the fact that it is a fairly neat and decent looking place after all. Must say, your apartment there looks mighty neat n nice too !! Overall, its nice to see that its not bad as they all make it out to be !! Thanks for sharing and making the lot of us wiser to it !
    Cheers !!