After getting all the chocolates and soft drinks for Vinay’s party at the supermarket, our mission for the following day was to get helium for the balloons and wrapping paper for the return presents.
My sister had heard that Iponri market in Surulere would have all these things, so off we went on Tuesday morning. It took about 20 minutes to get there – the driver knew where it was so we didn’t have any problems.
Our first stop was a stationery/book shop.
I was amazed at what was available – wrapping paper, party invitations, teaching books for children, and all the Enid Blyton books you could ever want!
We picked up eight rolls of wrapping paper and headed into the market looking for helium.
We asked the first shop owner who directed us down another lane, similar to the one above. When we got there, we asked for helium and the next shop owner directed us down the following lane. This happened several times, each lane getting narrower and narrower, until finally a shop owner told us we wouldn’t find helium in the market and even told us where to get some. Now why couldn’t the first person have told us this? Thankfully our driver had come with us or the two of us would still be lost in that maze of little lanes selling cheap Chinese products.
We left the market, looking for a shop called ‘Simba’ something – none of us were sure what she had said, but it was near Mr Bigg’s and Tantalizers. We found Mr Bigg’s and Tantalizers but couldn’t find this shop. We drove up and down the street and I spotted a sign that said ‘Samba Unit’. Close enough – perhaps that’s what she meant? My sister and I walked in – the guy there was young and quite trendy – and we weren’t sure if we were in the right place. ‘How can I help you?’ he asked. We told him we were looking for helium. He looked disappointed. ‘This is a recording studio,’ he replied. Oh. Right. Er. Thanks.
We then decided to call someone who could point us in the right direction. Five minutes later we found ‘Simbabe’ – close to ANOTHER Mr Bigg’s and Tantalizers!
We got the helium and headed home.
And here are some sights of Lagos we saw on the way there and back…
Would you ever?
The National Stadium
Armed police – a common sight here
Poor thing looks lost
Spotted stuck to the back of a van