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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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.