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Flashback: Cameroon Chronicles - Day 4 - Travel to Bamenda & French Institute Concert

Updated: Mar 18, 2022

Originally Posted by Keri Chryst on March 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

The early bird gets to Bamenda in time for the concert... Our generous hosts have come to realized that they pushed us awfully hard yesterday though, and make arrangements to postpone the interview planned at the radio station "Hot Cocoa" in Bamenda. It's a shame to pass up on the opportunity for publicity, but I must say I'm relieved.

I curl up in the back seat of our 6-seater van (actually, it probably seats 8, but there are "only" 6 of us) hoping to get some much needed sleep. The coffee I had with breakfast isn't helping though, not only is it keeping me awake, but it's set my stomach into a potential for queasiness on these bumpy and curvy roads in the hills of up country :-/ The landscape is beautiful - hills and green galore (the Switzerland of Cameroon, we're told) - wish it weren't so confusing to my inner ear to watch it go by ;-)

I'm still a bit nervous about my voice too - between the concert, the lengthy lunch conversation, and 3 hours of workshop, it got a LOT of use yesterday. I'm still snorting heavy duty cortisone in my nose, and though it's calmed down, my cough is still lingering. Still, after a 6 hour drive, and MANY opportunities to get to know each other better, we arrive in Bamenda relatively unscathed, if a bit worse for wear. Despite a bit of discomfort from motion sickness, we elect to go straight to the venue to check out the scene before checking into the hotel. The folks at the Alliance Française are ready for us, and the sound set-up is already in pretty good shape. We make a few adjustments to light and sound, then head on to the hotel for a couple of hours of rest before the show. (Did I mention "exhaustimigated"?)