My holiday: Togo by Josephine Holt, 11

WHAT I LIKED

I really enjoyed going into the bush to visit a remote community. The people were so friendly and welcoming. I also enjoyed buying fresh fruit and bread from the roadside stalls. Visiting the market also gave an insight into the local way of living.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

The heat was overwhelming, and we had to wash at least three times a day using cold water. The mosquitoes were also very annoying and we constantly had to apply insect repellent, especially at night.

WHAT I SAW

I saw many traditional places, including the mascot market where there were different kinds of dead animals, which were supposed to bring luck. I also visited the craft centre where they sold handmade clothes and jewellery.

WHAT I ATE AND DRANK

I ate a lot of rice, fried yams, chicken with tomato sauce and savoury pastry. I also took advantage of the fresh, sweet fruit they had to offer: pineapple, mango, watermelon and papaya. I also drank a soft fruit drink produced locally in the capital, Lomé.

WHAT I BOUGHT

Remembering how grey the weather is back in England in winter, I decided to bring back a colourful, summery outfit. I also brought back some statues and hand-painted postcards to remind me of my extraordinary Christmas holiday.

Josephine is the winner of a £15 book token. National Book Tokens are sold and accepted in all UK bookshops.

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