Equato-Guinean Fishermen, West Coast of Bioko Island

Bioko island has hundreds of small inlets that offer small boats safe access to the sea or protection from it in the event of a storm.  In the video below, 2 fishermen make their way along the South West coast of Bioko Island on their daily fishing trip.  They let me inspect their boats and the “catch” was almost exclusively muscles.  The locals refer to the “dug-out” canoes as “Cayucos.”  The balancing act of standing while paddling must take lots of practice to properly master.  I think I’ll just sit in my kayak while paddling…

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Bioko Island Volcanic Lake

The Island of Bioko has 3 distinct volcanoes, with Pico Basile being the highest peak at 9,882 feet tall.  The volcanic lake pictured below is located about 4 km from the town of Mocha on the South East side of the island.  It can be reached in about 90 min after a walk through tropical rain-forest.

 

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Theobroma … Latin for “Food of the Gods.” COCOA

This weird looking “pod” hanging from the tree is the “Cocoa Pod.”  Inside the pod are hundreds of cocoa beans.  Cocoa is of course the main ingredient in chocolate.  Cocoa Trees can be found all over Bioko Island and on a recent hike I took this picture of a wild cocoa tree.  About 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from Western Africa, and Equatorial Guinea has some of the worlds finest.  All cocoa production takes place in countries within 20 degrees of the Equator… and Equatorial Guinea’s name says it all, it’s a cocoa producer!  Cocoa production is a 5.1 billion dollar industry worldwide, boy that’s a lot of M&Ms.  Who doesn’t love chocolate?  I know I do!

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Bantu Chinese Restaurant, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Many visitors to Malabo ask where they can eat outside their hotels.  Probably my favorite restaurant in Malabo is “Bantu”  Chinese Restaurant.  The quality is great and the prices are reasonable.  I always know that when I order my favorite dishes they will always taste the same as the time before.  The girls that wait tables are friendly and work hard to make your meal an enjoyable experience!  So I give the “Bantu” 4 out of 5 stars when looking for good food in Malabo.

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German Troops on African Soil in World War I

Most people are aware of French, Belgian and British troops on African soil during WW I,  as those countries have a lasting influence here if only for their languages left behind.  But far fewer people are aware that German troops had a large garrison in Kamerun (modern-day Cameroon).  The Allied forces of Belgium, Great Britain and France defeated the German forces on the African Continent by February  of 1916 and forced their evacuation to, and eventual interment on, Spanish Guinea (Modern-day Equatorial Guinea).  The majority of the soldiers fighting for the German Army were African.  Look closely at the pictures below and you will see a tribute to the “German” Soldiers.

The Inscription on the monument is in German and reads;

“The Brave Defenders of Germany’s Honor.  The Imperial Protection Force for Cameroon.”

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The West Coast of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea

Last weekend, a few friends and I hiked for an hour to this small cove on the West Coast of Bioko Island.  I thought of all my family and friends in the deep freeze in the United States and Europe and realize that here in Malabo, life is good!

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The Harmattan Haze in Malabo

This time of year brings the Harmattan Haze to the air of many West African Nations.  Equatorial Guinea has been hit hard by the dry dusty West African trade winds.  The air is filled with dust from the Sahara that blows into the Gulf of Guinea.  This phenomenom occurs from November to March and gives the sky an almost foggy appearance. 

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