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The Cameroon diaries

Collected here are all my blog entries for the (almost) year we spent in Cameroon (July 15th 2006 - June 7th 2007).

Grand Tour of the Grand North

28 March 2007 - 9:15am -- Joseph

Blimey, what a trip. Obviously the journey didn't go quite as planned, which is only to be expected. We planned for a six day trip, spending two days in Waza park. We ended up with an eight day trip and only one day in Waza. We were behind schedule before we even left Buea, as we sat on a bus not moving for two hours, while a bunch of women faffed about and chatted when all they really needed to do was get on the chuffin' bus... So from that point we probably weren't going to make the train.

Burning Fish No Go Die...

2 April 2007 - 4:17pm -- Joseph

We attended a three day beach party this weekend, a gathering of whiteman volunteers from Buea and beyond, a gathering which had been dubbed 'Burning Fish'. We camped on the beach for two nights; fires were lit, Matango was drank (local palm wine), fish were roasted, the ocean was splashed about in, sunburn was acquired (not by me though - result!) friends were made and fun was had.

Confronting Scammers

6 April 2007 - 3:26pm -- Joseph

Over the last couple of weeks I've gradually become aware that a few of HINT's internet cafe customers seem to be engaging in email scams. I'd noticed that a couple of guys were looking at small ads sites in Europe and the States, which seemed a little irregular. I kept an eye out (because I was concerned and because attitudes to privacy are quite different here...) and it became clear that they were indeed running scams.

Rodney, you Plonker

9 April 2007 - 9:52am -- Joseph

There's always been something a bit Rodney Trotter about Rio Ferdinand, his forgetting a drug test being just one example of his plonker status, but his own goal for Portmouth on Saturday really took the biscuit.

I started watching the match just before half-time. Man Utd were a goal down. Excellent, thinks I, this should make for a good secong half. I expected Man U to come forward in droves, and they did. I was waiting for Man U to make the breakthtough and it never came, until...

Step forward, Rodney Ferdinand.

Easter Mexicana

9 April 2007 - 12:31pm -- Joseph

Hev and I went round Bill's for a Mexican-themed Easter celebration last night. We've been plotting an attempt at a Mexican feast, as it slowly dawned on us that most of the ingredients for a passable attempt at Mexican food are available in Buea. The exceptions to this are sour cream (no chance) and coriander, which is strangely absent from Cameroon's vast array of herbs and spices. The final piece of the jigsaw came when Bill mentioned that he had a recipe for making tortillas! Game on! So on Sunday afternoon, we rocked up to Bill's and we all got busy in the kitchen.

Go Blighty!

12 April 2007 - 3:57pm -- Joseph

So, three British teams in the final four of the Champions League ® then. I'm not sure it proves that the Premier League is the greatest league in the world or anything, but it is rather gratifying. For a start, it guarantees a British team (okay, okay, English team, who am I kidding) in the final for the third year in a row.

Not bad.

Rabies Injections are a Doddle

25 April 2007 - 4:44pm -- Joseph

I completed my course of rabies injections this week, having been bitten by dog back in January. This was the final injection of a course of six, administered on days 0, 3, 7, 14, 28 (or 30, depending which instructions you were following) and 90 after the incident of possible (but probably not) infection. I mention this because I'd previously heard from a few people that Rabies injections were terrible, really painful,etc. I think one story involved an elderly member of a family refusing the injection entirely, preferring to take her chances.

Work and Play

4 May 2007 - 3:50pm -- Joseph

There was a long weekend in Cameroon last weekend. Tuesday was Labour Day, and apparently if a holiday falls on a Tuesday, then the Monday is also a holiday. Great! This was our last chance to ponce around the country like tourists before we go home, as I'm teacing almost everyday until we leave, and Hev needs to be in the Health sorry, advice centre everyday.