Yes!! Atlast!! Here is my Cameroon adventure. If you read my previous post on ‘Yes. its my life – three’ you will realize that I had issues with my phone not synching with my laptop, but the thing is there is always a work-around and here we are! Am so happy to share this with you………
Have you ever gone to a different country and felt right at home? The way the citizens welcome you is way beyond your imagination. The truth is when I was sent there I was a bit nervous because I did not know anyone. I did not know what I was going to experience from day one. I think I had mixed feelings, happy and nervous at the same time. I was so happy I was getting a chance to go to another country and couldn’t wait to see what awaited me there. But isn’t life all about living one day at a time? I was ready for this….
When I arrived at the airport in Cameroon, a policeman in blue said ‘Bonsoir madame..’, then went ahead to ask for my yellow fever card and passport in French. I just Smiled. At that moment I felt like I could just get back to Kenya and continue speaking the swahili and English that am used to. It took me time before I actually got what he was saying. The only French word I knew was ‘Bonjour’. I now regret not having taken my French teacher in primary school serious. If only I knew this was going to happen, I would have been so serious in his class. It was evident I was gonna have the longest month I have ever seen due to language barrier. All in all I looked forward to what Cameroon had in store for me for the next one month.
I was based in Yaounde and one thing I loved about Cameroon is that it’s very hot. Like seriously hot. At night I would sweat because of too much heat. At least I was happy I was not going to experience the cold weather back in Nairobi for sometime. What made me happy is how generous the guys there are and welcoming. They did all they could to make me feel comfortable.
Let me share with you a few pictures that I took…..(Sorry, the quality is quite poor)
The way the staff here treated me was way beyond my imagination. I felt right at home. Every morning you get in the office, they say hello to you. I remember there is this guy who was coming to say hi to me like every morning. (Sijui kama he was trying to be a fisi, but well I appreciated the gesture) I came to discover that their Saturday schedule is very different. Can you imagine they come to work from 9 AM to 12 PM, afterwards take a break for three hours, then go back to work from 3PM to 5PM!! Yeah, I know you shocked, I was shocked too!! Like what the hell is that break for??????..
This right here was very delicious!!! Ok, You see the white pieces? That is Cassava. I don’t know how they process it but when you eat it’s kinda sticky and tasteless. It is mainly eaten with fish. The other combination is the plantain. Basically, it’s just unripe or ripe bananas cut and fryed. I told them this are bananas but they refused saying this is plantain and not banana. The Fish looks totally delicious, trust me it was very delicous when eating it. and I ate that whole fish!! ‘Kujenga Mwili’. The green mixture there is La sauce, it’s very sweet. It’s like soup and pepe is pepper. Those guys really eat alot of pepper.
Ndole is a bitter leaf that can be substituted with kales. I think I had two spoons then left the other. It’s soo bitter. I also got to learn that it’s a main dish there.
When I arrived in Yaounde, I saw this tall building named ‘Hotel De Ville’. Clearly, I thought it’s a hotel only to find that its how they call their county council offices. (Rolling my eyes.) The building look totally welcoming and the design is on point. They also have statues defining their culture outside the office and a park for the citizens to relax.
Here have a look:
The above first picture represents the Cameroon culture. On the next monument, you realize it has 1960 on it. This is when they got their independence. This park is very beautiful I must say.
Seriously, those statues are just so beautiful. You can stare at them the whole day. And by the way this is how their county offices look like from the outside…B E A U T I F U L .
I also didn’t see any ‘mathree’ there and if I did very few. They use the little cars they call ‘taxi’ for transport. I couldn’t help but notice that once someone gets in the taxi, they say Bonjour/Bonsoir to everyone. Hmm..talk of etiquette! I learnt some of the words like ‘desole’ means Sorry. I also got to learn that there is a difference between Bonjour and Bonsoir. Bonjour is said in the morning whilst Bonsoir is a greeting during the evening. Every time we were eating, I would hear them say ‘Bon appetit’ meaning enjoy your meal.
Now, to the night clubs that I had a chance to visit. The biggest percentage of the songs sang are in French and those guys can really dance! I was happy to have gone to a club and heard ‘Sura yako mzuri mamaaa’ playing. Surpsingly guys really danced to the song and that’s the first and last Swahili song I heard while staying there. Kudos Sauti Sol.
Each new day meant experiencing something new in Cameroon. I enjoyed everybit and every moment I was there. The language barrier only gave me an opportunity to learn a new language and interact with different people. Am so happy for this opportunity I was given and I would like to go back there again.
I have so many pictures that I took and I wish I could put them all here but it’s not possible….
The above is cassava, It’s grinded and the cooked like how we cook ‘ugali’. This other one is fish with onions, La sause and plantain with pepe.
By the way, there fish is also a main dish. I think I use to eat it three or four times a week and the way they cook is just amazing. They grill or fry.
Ok, the last one. This is the Night Life. I don’t remember the club but It was dope!
Thank you very much for passing by!!