After spending10 days in Chad I really appreciated the cool green of Cameroon. It was great to surf and hang out on the beach in Limbe and in Douala on the coast where the jungle stretched to the edge of the sea. The frequent rains and heavy clouds kept the temperatures down on the drive back to Yaounde and we arrived back in town a couple tense hours after dark. Tense hours because driving on the country roads in Cameroon after dark is suicidal. Vehicles just stop in the road and leave no lights or warning markers. Motorcyclists have a crazy habit of flashing their light and then turning it off right as they approach you. Then there are the official and unofficial road blocks- you are lucky if you get an official one because bandits set up surprise check points and will take everything, even the car (we were warned these robberies are becoming more and more frequent).
|Logging trucks on the way to the port|
I noticed as we went out to dinner that night that there aren't a lot of expats in Yaounde and my small group of friends attracted a lot of attention. Nobody hassled us, but we stood out more than back in Dakar where there are westerners everywhere. There were also no new BMWs anywhere to be seen. I saw a couple new Mercedes E-class driven by what appeared to be government types, but besides that the perverse displays of wealth by the elites weren't evident like in many other cities (like in Dakar were you seen five or more new BMW X6s every day). The people were nice and I enjoyed walking around Yaounde.