As is also usual: the first part of the road was good (in this case, paved or being paved –so level and even). Then we took a dirt road that got progressively rougher until it became a track (used by people and an occasional motorcycle). We, of course, went in the truck, so it was a challenge. The dirt part of the road was only 3 km, but it took longer than the other 7 km.
This was not a big fall, maybe more rapids. We walked around the area and then had a picnic lunch – but not a typical US picnic, though. We (well, really, they) cooked meat in a sauce and made manioc (cassava) over a fire. They do it all the time at home, so why not on a picnic, too? I also learned more about cleaning manioc and searching for gold. Here are some pictures.
|clothes drying in sun after wash in river|
|locally made bridge|
|small butterfly on a fallen leaf|
|pool dug while looking for gold|
|sand dug out of looking-for-gold pool- for building construction|
|emptying pool to look for gold|
|manioc (cassava) root being harvested|
|cleaned manioc roots|
|cleaning manioc roots|
|cutting manioc to t|
|preparing manioc to eat|
|lighting the fire to cook lunch|
|preparing the picnic|
|food ready to eat!|
|Descending to picnic rock - I wouldn't go this way!|
|bathing and swimming after lunch|
This month all of Cameroon is celebrating Youth Month. In particular, Monday, February 11 is Youth Day. There will be parades of school students and others. I plan to go to the one here in Garaou Boulai, so I can write about that another time.
My primary work at the moment is continuing with language studies – Sango (extending my knowledge through conversation and reading the Bible) and Gbaya (still at a much more basic level, but I can say some sentences and read/write more. I have decided to go to the Gbaya church service tomorrow. While my teacher and I have been studying the liturgy in Gbaya, I still expect to be lost for much of the time. Then, he reminded me that I will have to introduce myself to the congregation! I have written a few sentences (in Gbaya) that he has helped me perfect and practice. Now, will I be able to tell when it is time to stand up and use them???
Pastor Andrea Walker, the new ELCA West Africa Director, and Anne Langdji, one of the Area Representatives, are coming to Garaou Boulai Tuesday. We will have some time to meet and they will visit the hospital and Bible School that are here. I am looking forward to it.
I also hope to soon have meetings with the leadership teams of the Village School Program and Christian Education. We are still working on when.