Talk about transportation in West Africa and mental pictures appear of overloaded sedans, looking anything but roadworthy, bumping along on rocky and muddy tracks that barely deserve to be termed roads. This is true for most of the region, but Guinea has perfected this concept. Not only does the country have some of West Africa's worst roads, but the cars are also more packed than in neighbouring countries. The sedans, usually French built Peugeot 504's, fit seven passengers and are called Sept Places (Seven Seaters) across much of the region. In Guinea the same cars hold nine grown-ups, hence Neuf Places (Nine Seaters). Add to the adults a few kids, a toddler or two, luggage and possibly a few chickens. The roof is often loaded with more goods than are likely to fit into the car itself had it been empty in the first place. And don't be surprised if a few young guys are clinging on to the load on the roof. Privacy is non-existing, and you'll quickly make new friends. It's a fun experience, at least if the trips aren't too long, and you don't have to do them too often.