Worshipping the cipro god

Trip Start Apr 18, 2012
Trip End May 26, 2012

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Flag of Cameroon  , North-West Province,
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Greetings from Kumbo!

Time is just flying by here in Kumbo. On Friday we visited a local dairy in the village of Tadu. This facility was built as a gift from the Land O' Lakes company. They produce mainly sweetened yogurt (pineapple, strawberry, vanilla, plain) because it keeps very well and is easy to produce. They are planning to produce a sugar-free yogurt soon, because there are soooo many diabetics here. The dairy also produces butter and cheese, but these are not terribly popular except among the expats. When we arrived at the dairy, they were just preparing to ship around $150 of Gouda cheese to the US embassy in Yaounde. We really enjoyed the tour and were impressed at the cleanliness and quality control. Attached are some pictures.

After Tadu, we travelled to the famed city of Oku. The road to Oku is very very nice, because it is the Prime Minister's home. Oku is known for several things, including a beautiful lake, mountain park, birds, waterfalls, and honey. To see the natural parks, you must first pass through the Fon of Oku's Palace, because these are sacred areas. The Fon was not in, but his tourism advisor was. The guy pulled out a sheet showing the 'prices' to see the sights. Prices were absurdly high!!! To see the lake costs 10.000 CFA per hour, or roughly $20/hr. Then on top of that you have to pay transportation, a guide fee, any snapshots, and a gift to the Fon. No one in Kumbo could believe this. No one in Kumbo could ever afford this either, since 10.000 CFA is more than a week's salary for most people--who then need to feed 4-12 children. So we didn't go to the lake. Instead we went to the honey factory! This was absolutely free and they even gave free honey samples! The honey here is really good because it is all from wild bees.

Then on Saturday, things for Andy went downhill a bit. In the evening, we were caught in a rainshower on our walk back to the house. Andy became chilled. Just when he thought he was warm, the chills became very violent and he spiked a fever. After a few hours the chills went away but he developed a terrible "running stomach". In the course of the night he got up at least 10 times, passed out and fell twice, drank 4L of gatorade, and generally complained a lot. In the morning he started some Cipro (Thanks Dr. Higbee!!!), but it was probably already too late for it to take much effect. So he suffered all day Sunday, and really didn't get out of bed. Monday, he turned a corner a bit and was able to walk around some. Today, all is well and he's really hungry! So, we highly recommend to listen to the doctors when they say to take Cipro early! Being sick is really boring.

Anyway, we are headed up to the high country today after greeting the Fon of Nso this morning. We probably will not have electricity, so our next post will probably be in about a week or so.

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Jesse Prather on

I should have sent you with all of my extra Cipro! I'm sorry, I didn't even think of that

Deborah on

I believe that's the sickest that Andy has ever been in his entire life! Poor guy. Cipro is worthy of worship, but it's not omnipotent.

Bob on

Andy, sorry you were sick. I just got your blog info so now I can follow you. Good thing you had Leah with you.

George Nelson on

Andy and Leah, thanks for the blog and photos. Hope to go back and look at other posts soon. Sorry you were sick, Andy, but pleased you have a "medical professional" to take care of you. Have a safe trip back home.

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