I visited another friend of mine in the Collines region, or in English, the Hills region. It's beautiful up there, and a drier climate much like the north. These people fleeed the Fon by living in the hills during the time of slavery because the Fon would take prisoners to trade with the Yovos. The pictures show a little of the life in the hills.
The basketball pictures are there because I like them a lot- the first one is the boys' and girls' teams, the second is of the basketball court on the day of the regional school tournament, looking its best.
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Making GravelThe hills are full of huge granite boulders, which the locals break apart first with fire, and then haul them down-hill to break apart. This picture is of the final step, by hand, one by one. The work is more constant than cultivating corn.
Grinding CornWhen the villagers fleeed the Fon, they used the boulders to grind the corn. This picture shows the holes left from all the grinding.
What to do on a RockMathurin chills, Felicie looks through the binoculars at the nearest town, and I take pictures.