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Trassin
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:20 am    Post subject: Stories from Africa Reply with quote

Just a couple of quick things before I crash for the night:

- 26 hours is a damn long time to spend flying.
- Malabo, Equatorial Guinea has both the smallest, and most disorganized, airport I've ever seen.
- Weather here feels exactly like Tampa in the summer.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What cities did you fly to in order to get there?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newark to Frankfurt, Germany to Abuja, Nigeria to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going for a run on a tropical island is, unsurprisingly, even less fun than going for one in Florida.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw my first tropical, subsistence farmer today. He looked just as happy with his life as the last time I had seen a similar individual featured on Anthony Bourdain. And by happy, I mean not at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They have internet there on the island? Is it satellite connection?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, and I have no idea.

Several hundred bats, about the size of crows, went flying over head at dusk tonight! Have I mentioned Africa is a pretty cool place?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trassin wrote:
Have I mentioned Africa is a pretty cool place?


It's usually portrayed as a rather hot place...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The temperature has actually been in the mid 80's during the day and high 70's at night, which is basically the temperature here all year round. The humidity is a bit higher than Tampa during the summer, but there is also more cloud cover, and it is currently their dry season. All-in-All, it basically feels like a "cool" summer day in Tampa.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That actually sounds fantastic.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sun came out from behind the clouds today. I, quite simply, wanted to die. I'm not sure how high the temperature actually got today but it felt much more like I was in the middle of a tropical jungle.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And then I remembered why I love the Caribbean.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took my first trip outside of the compound today: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151143265712849.435404.501637848&type=1&l=85c2646d5d
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool. Please keep sharing.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks very similar to Jamaica. Houses look the same. A bunch with no windows or doors.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I still had the pictures from my first trip to Uganda. Unfortunately the camera failed to upload them and they all poofed into the aether.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uganda doesn't sound all that fun with their gay-killing laws and witch hunts.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So don't be a gay witch. What's the problem?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mongolio wrote:
Uganda doesn't sound all that fun with their gay-killing laws and witch hunts.


No doubt. Although I know that there is a very large Christian portion of the population here in EG, so they may very well have the same attitudes here, even if they don't have that specific shitty law on the books.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wasn't something that came up while I was there. The scenery was beautiful and the people I met were awesome.
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