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Published: February 13th 2008
MARK GOOFING AROUND
On the night of the semis of the Africa Cup between Cameroon and Ghana, me, Audrey, Brian, John, Dave and Cam went to town to see the match on the big screen, it was very lively, crowds dancing and cheering, I have never experienced this kind of excitement watching on big screen TV, the crowd welcomed us, urging us to join in and Brian did his girlie dance to Cam's amusement. Eventually Cameroon won and will play Egypt in the finals. There was a commotion early on as a Ghana fan almost got beaten up on the bleachers just above where John is sitting, got worried for a bit as we dont know how rowdy the fans would become, anyway the fan escaped without harm. Dancing and cheering with the locals we made our way back to camp, crowds in the streets celebrating some dragging car doors on the street tied to the back of the car sparks flying all over.Made it to camp where we watched the 2nd semis, Egypt won against Ivory Coast.
Next day after Di arrived from the DRC embassy we made our way to Kribi, Monday is a public holiday so rather than waiting here
CAM, BRIAN AND DAVE
for 4 days in Yaounde we decided as a group to head to the beaches of Kribi and relax while our passports are being processed for DRC visa. We arrived late afternoon, and as cook group 1 readies dinner a familiar voice i heard from a distance, it was Amanda and Annabel who left us in Douala, they decided to saty here in the same resort we are staying called Tara Beach Resort. Dinner was chili con carne.
The next day the truck went to town to shop for dinner the next 3 nights we all bought frozen fish, tonight being mackerel, us barracuda and the last group tuna. We'll be sick of fish by the time we leave.
Nice day on the beach went for a run then just swam and lounge around on the beach, lazy day. The crowds are starting to come in due to the long weekend, mostly French expats and a few Germans. The next day some people went to town for the fish market i was too lazy to go so i stayed and beach bummed once again. We have to cook dinner so took the barracuda out of the restaurant's freezer and
ME, DAVE AND AUDREY WATCHING FOOTBALL ON THE BIG SCREEN DOWNTOWN
thawed it by lunch time Dave and i started working on the fish, tonite is the finals of the Africa Cup and so we have to prepare dinner before or by 6pm, Dave gutted the fish while I scaled it and cut them into pieces, the fish is quite flaky but turend out very well when we fried it on a cornflour batter, one of the most delicious fish i ever had, Marky Mark who normally is very picky and ate only tuna loved it . Jo and I ended up cleaning up after meal as Dave is glued to the television set. He will have to do breakfast tomorrow, Egypt won the Cup and everyone is silent after the match is over. Mark and I were too busy checking out the 2 French beauties sat next to us on the beach lounging chairs we did not care much for the match. Jo and Audrey were with us oblivious of what me and Mark were doing. Prbably in their early twenties but came with their father who is around all the time guarding them like a hawk.
Next morning went for a run with Brian and Dave to the
PHOTO COURTESY OF ZOE, WATERFALL
waterfall, it was really nice run and the waterfall beautiful, we tried to cross it but quite treacherous, locals bathing, washing clothes etc. On our way down we saw Audrey running just comiing in. In the end we ran back towards the camp and did the same thing swim, played ball and frisbee. Tuna for dinner I got the big head it is quite delicious baked on the fire, Di did a fabulous meal helping out cook group 4, when we bought it in the market the guy insisted we include the head now i know why...was going to town for the fish market but last minute got lazy and stayed behind while Dave, Simon and Audrey walked to town, I ordered a fabulous, prawn flambee au whiskey from the resort restaurant, delicious!!! Napped for a bit then Mark asked me to play ball with him on the beach, then Cam joined in and we swam then played frisbee all afternoon!! Earlier on the guys and Jo tried their luck on the body board, took loads of photos as i have none so far of Kribi, getting lazy taking photos lately..
Had an early start have to leave at
7am to be able to pick up passports from the DRC consulate in Yaounde, said our last goodbyes to Amanda and Annabel. Got in just past 1pm and we head straight to the patesserie down the hill from the Presbyterian campsite, met up with Chrissy and Jen who went to Buea for the long weekend and also Tash who went by herself to Limbe. Everbody is happy we reunited.
The next morning Di and Jen went to pick up passports from DRC consulate and dropped it off to the Republic of Congo consulate next door, we pick it up tomorrow then leave Yaounde on our way to the border with Gabon.
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