Category Archives: Cameroon

Just this morning

A couple is having breakfast next to my table. The man leaves to go to the bathroom. The woman turns around and looks at me.

She: How long?
Me: Oh you see me running. I run to Buea town and back.
She:  How can we see?
Me: What?
She: Me have your child?
Me: Oh … ???? … I am already married.

The man comes back and the woman looks away from me. I continue my breakfast replaying the conversation in my head thinking “what happened?”.

Women at the market

Cheering and honking horns

Last night while eating chicken Kebab on a road side restaurant this group of football players came up and starting singing their winning song. It was really loud and I did not know what to do. Luckily my host Christopher figured that they wanted some money. The collected money would be used to later buy beer for the team.

Woke up again this morning at 05:30. Go figure everyone is already up and working at this time. To be sure that everyone was up and about a man walked around with a big horn making a loud ‘mooooo’ sound. Yes, dear fellow village local I am up, I am getting ready, please stop. It turned out that this man is a priest who was summoning everyone to go and pray. I ain’t praying at 05:30 to any God.

On Monday I am set to climb Mount Cameroon. I will descend on Tuesday so it will be a full two days of climbing up and down. The total cost for this was 55.000 Franc (80 euro). This included Registration, Guide, Porter, food, water, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. When I get back from this climb I will post some pictures.

Third day in Cameroon

Today I walked from Buea University to my hotel. The walk took apprx. 1 hour in my flip flops. Here are some pictures from my day and  on my way up the mountain.

My first day in Cameroon

Cameroon is a country in the south west of Africa. Arriving you fly close over villages and follow a dirt road track leading to the airport. Once you arrive at the airport eager passengers launch themselves towards the exit only to be halted by a Steward pointing to the ‘fasten seat belt’ sign. In the arrival hall chaos is a fact with three luggage belts working the same time to dispense luggage from one single flight. People in search for their luggage step on each other and yell out descriptions in case you might actually be standing on theirs just to see where your own bag has gone. It is all done with charm and the scent of battling women and men in a 40 degree, no aircon arrival hall – welcome to Africa.

Driving from Doula to Buea (pronounced boja) at night was a non-event. It is so dark that you cannot really see much. But the next morning when I woke up lush forests, Mount Cameroon and friendly smiles greeted my still sleepy eyes.

Time to pack my bag for Cameroon

I love to travel light so I always try to exclude as many items as possible from my initial wish list. My North Face Small (42 liters) Base Camp Duffel Bag will carry the following items:

North Face bag

1 p – Trousers (black) for going out to a fancy restaurant or something.
2 p –  White no sleeve T-shirts. It will be hot there.
2 p-  Regular T-shirts.
1 p – Runners shorts from Nike. Yes, I am going running everyday.
1 p – Houdini shorts.
1 p – Mosquito net from Sea To Summit. Malaria is common in Cameroon.
1 p – Houdini arm wrist wallet. This is the best invention ever!!
1 p – Extra backpack (mini size).
1 p – Flip Flops.
1 – Jumping rope. I need to stay in shape.
1 – Rubber band for gym exercises.
1 – Runners bag for carrying my iPod.

Of course I also have all the stuff you need like Toothbrush, face wash, malaria tablets, sunscreen and more.

Items for climbing Mount Cameroon:
1 p – Houdini cap.
1 p – Houdini scarf. I know its a Speed Chimney but I use it as a scarf.
1 p – Long underwear.
1 p – Light training pants from Nike.

P = Piece or pair.

I used to always travel with my Haglöfs Matrix 50 liter backpack but since I bought the NorthFace Duffel I am using that bag more and more. It is so easy to get things in and out, and you can half the size by just pulling the belts on the side of the bag.  It sits really nice on the back and I have carried it longer distances without getting aches, but then again my bag usually weighs no more than 6-7 kg.

Next stop Cameroon

On monday I depart for Cameroon. I have never been to the south of Africa and I really have no idea what to expect. My journey takes me to a village called Buea which is the capital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon. The town is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon and has a population of about 100.000. Some of these residence will enjoy my company for the next two weeks while I am teaching Internet and computer skills.  I am truly lucky that I get this opportunity to teach and  meet some wonderful people.

I will update Trailsurfers as per usual and hope you will enjoy, through my written word and photos, coming to Cameroon with me.

Travel warning: Political turbulence in Cameroon

Just read the following on Facebook: “Buea is under state of emergency. Paul Biya is playing on dangerous grounds in Buea where people are still frustrated over the killings of those UB Students . Our troopers from Southern Cameroon military armed wing are stargazing . They will show paul biya that, the power of the people of God is way better than the guns of tyrant”.

Response to this comment from a local ” Buea is calm and everyone is going on with his routine activities normally though lot of uncertainty surround the outcome of the presidential election next week“.

Let us hope that the coming elections will be calm and civil.