Weekend in Africa

20 Dec

No internet over the weekend disconnected me from the world and reconnected me with nature, society and Christmas spirit.

Saturday morning, we headed towards the market for a 3rd attempt to fetch my dress. We got there at 10am only to see the tailors confused look telling us he has, still, not finished our dresses. So, my fabulous dress remains fabulous in the hands of my fabulously efficient couturier… Not yet ready to fit my fabulous shapes… But what are 4 more days I guess after these past 6, right ? At the end of the tunnel, a modèle-unique will await my closet to brag about its days in Africa…

After the market’s adventurous trip, while walking back home agonizing in the heat, Christmas spirit took over and I entered the only supermarket in town who has transformed itself into a glorious Christmas fair (a corner at the entrance with fake trees and highly flammable decorations)… And came out with a cute little Christmas tree to enlighten our Christmas spirits out here on the Equator, far from our families and over charged Christmas dinner tables. Undeniably kitsch. Genuine plastic. Harmoniously (??) factory-decorated, but, with a little French Santa flown all the way from Europe to illuminate our Christmas day !

Happy holidays !

Saturday’s morning wild shopping was followed by a far too calm Saturday afternoon which was followed by a night out. Well, dinner. A small Spanish (I believe) restaurant hidden in a dark housing area. Small homes and huts, hiding in the dark with no electricity. You walk not knowing what you walk on. Smell things you rather not guess upon, until you reach a very bright restaurant, filled with Christmas decorations and looking nice. Dinner was good. My steak as well. The company was great and so we ended our night as Saturday tradition wants it. Out on town wearing flats to avoid my face from ending in the mud and some make-up to remind me that I’m a true city girl even 6000 km from home (yes, that seems to be the exact count)


Sunday… Beach day… Picnic day. I’m starting to like those.

With Nico, Anne, Pierre and another couple, we headed to Mbini, where Nico and I already adventured ourselves on a month and a half back. 3 cars, 6 adults, 3 kids and a dog, driving through villages and the jungle till we got to the beach. If you remember from last time, Mbini is only about 44 km Southwest of Bata, but driving there, you have to add about 40 more and an hour-long drive.

We found an astonishing spot, far from everything and what’s even more fabulous over here, is that no matter where you are on a beach, there is no one else but you. Nothing like the beaches we know back home. Just you, the sun, the sea and coconuts… And the occasional jellyfish that comes by to play and sting and hence we have been tagged on arms and legs…

A villager may come by every now and then or even the village chief to greet you. You thank him with a beer, chat about life and philosophy and go on with what you’ve been doing. In our case, eat, swim, play, laugh, drink, eat some freshly opened coconut and fool around till sun goes down.

A lovely end to the weekend on this Christmas month.


6 Responses to “Weekend in Africa”

  1. ima December 20, 2010 at 10:08 AM #

    I start to believe that all those week-end internet disconnections have the purpose to get you and Nico out of the house and on the beaches. Good for you! Enjoy it as much as you can, here you’ll find only snow, snow and more snow…if you’re lucky enough to land and not to be stuck in the airport for days.
    Who’s that doggy?

  2. ima December 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM #

    By the way…you wrote ‘our dresses’.
    Is one for Nico too?

    • Travel Personal December 20, 2010 at 12:39 PM #

      Nahhh, we’re two French women having our African princess dresses made. I should be making him a shirt as well out of my dress fabric right ? Play it “Kooples” in Africa…

  3. Lynda Olesen December 20, 2010 at 2:22 PM #

    Hi Hun,
    I agree! Although I missed your updates it sounds like a disconnected weekend was perfect. Regarding your dress, if it’s any consolation it took me 2 weeks and 4 trips to get my dry cleaning back in Rome!! Apparently it’s normal for them to “misplace” your stuff!
    When are you heading home? Hope your travels are uneventful as it’s been hellish weather in Europe – it even snowed here!
    Miss you, xo

    • Travel Personal December 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM #

      There are quite a few Italians down here… That just shows how well they get along… 😉 I’m back on January 1st. Toasting on the plane looking at the stars. Enjoy the snow sweetie and cover up. Miss you too !! xxx

    • ima December 20, 2010 at 7:14 PM #

      2 years ago, during Christmas, Air Italia ‘misplaced’ a luggage from Bucharest filled with sausages and other rumanian delicatessen. My luck was that it was cold enough to keep them edible.

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