Originally posted on an earlier blog that I had on June 9, 2015:
Well it has been one month since I said that I would be posting multiple things here every week. That was a bad idea. Fortunately nobody actually reads my blog unless I tell them to.
Overall things are really nice here, but there is still a lot to adjust to. New foods, cold showers, power going out a lot, heat, French, and not being allowed to walk outside on my own among other things. But my hosts have been amazing and the good experiences by far outnumber the bad ones.
Some quick points (mostly based on pictures because people generally don’t like reading):
My last meal in America… I tried to follow the stereotypes as much as possible.
This place is called “The Stadium”. I guess you only have to name them if there’s more than one.
The lab that I was working in at the University of Yaounde I was really interesting. This is what a freezer looks like when you live in a humid area with frequent power outages where the door also doesn’t always close securely.
Oh hey, I have a picture of myself! I was actually there. See.
Dr. Gabriel Loni Ekali: Medical doctor, host, evangelist, life-coach.
He is a very dynamic speaker. This particular message was very similar to Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. The style of preaching has been described as “fire and brimstone”.
Most things are bi-lingual, so Gabriel says something in French and then the other person translates into English. This allows the speech to stay high energy even though its about an hour long, and it allows for twice the hand waving.
This is how bed sheets for the hospital beds are dried. People aren’t all that concerned about sterility.
These guys dispose of the bio-hazard stuff. That means burn it and then bury what’s left.
Traveling to between Limbe and Yaounde. It was actually significantly more cramped than this picture shows. There are about 50 people in a space slightly larger than the typical 15 passenger van in America. The guy in the red shirt stood up to say a prayer for safe travels at the beginning of the trip. Then, he advertised books that he was selling for a while. He quickly sold all of them and then yelled at the driver to drop him off.
We went to Limbe to speak at a Bible Club meeting at the Medical School there. This is the beach in Limbe. Its a pretty nice place. And the sand is completely black because that tall mountain is an active volcano, so that’s pretty cool.
In Limbe, I ate some snails on a stick. That’s all for now!