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Flashback: Cameroon Chronicles - Day 7 (yes, 7!) - Douala - R&R and Grilled fish

Originally Posted by Keri Chryst on March 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sleeping in!! What a luxury after this hectic week of bouncing around the Cameroonian countryside! That said, I'm on such a schedule, that I decide not to overindulge, and rather make arrangements to join Mignon and Mathias to make a visit to the local artisanal craft market before heading to lunch.

I hate to say it, but unlike some of the other similar markets we've visited here and in other countries, this one kind of gets me down. I feel hounded from all sides by overly aggressive salesmen who seem to think that just because I'm a foreigner, I have money to burn. But I already overspent in Togo last month, so I'm really only here to see if anything new and unique (and CHEAP!) catches my eye. I come up with a few extra gifts for nephews (which will remain nameless for the time being until they're delivered into their hot hands) and another unique musical instrument for myself, and am pretty pleased to get out of their for less than 12€.

We swing back by the hotel to pick up Jeff and head out towards the port where we're meeting local Consul, Ed Ghallager, to have excellent but reportedly quite affordable grilled fresh fish at Le Paquebot, a restaurant that also comes highly recommended by the Ambassador. The first pleasant surprise is that we also run into a few of those high-powered business men I mentioned being part of our appreciative audience from last night. This is cool, because I was very curious as to just who these guys are, and I'm glad to have the chance to speak with them more at length to learn about what it is they're doing here and just why it is that a performance like ours can make such an impact around here. For us, we feel like we're "just doing our job", so this kind of enthusiasm intrigues me and I'm curious to know just what sort of a need it is we're filling.