Bidets in Cameroon, You Can’t Be Serious

Yes, I am serious, very much so.  Although I can’t say I’ve used one yet, and it’s been over a week.

Didn't expect my first bidet to be in Africa...

Upon our return from Maboye, the rural village of the first medical mission, arranged for me to stay somewhere other than at his home.  The switch certainly wasn’t per my request but I’m very happy at the new apartment.  Dr. Bwelle traded me to Monsieur Andre Orban, who is a teacher at the American School of Yaounde and was also a member of the medical volunteer team dispatched to Maboye the first weekend.  Mr. Orban is older Belgian man who speaks Flemish, French, and English all at a very high level.  He’s spent time working for Exxon Mobil all across the world, Belgium, South Africa, Nigeria, and Cameroon.  Now he’s retired and is teaching for pleasure, although at the end of the school year the teachers are as fed up with the lackadaisical students as the students are with attending class.

The living and dining area

Andre’s apartment, which he shares with his wife until she departed early for their home in France, is provided by the American School of Yaounde and many other teachers live in the building.  The building itself is surrounded by another 8 foot wall with barbed wire and is guarded by security, who are mainly there to protect the adjacent building owned by the U.N. joint council between Nigeria and Cameroon.  Bastos is the name of the district in which our apartment lies, essentially the 5th avenue or Beacon Street of Yaounde.  Many international embassies are located in Bastos, all of which are heavily guarded and gated.

View of the President's office from our balcony

United Nations convoys in the driveway

Having a shower, a toilet, and the internet is nice to come home to after plenty of Cameroonian immersion during the day.  Thanks to this living arrangement, I’m able to consistently make updates to the weblog, and upload pictures at a reasonable rate.  More on weekday activities tomorrow…

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