The Sound of Silence…. Jungle Style.

Turn up the volume and listen to the sounds of the jungle….

One Saturday morning, a friend and I took our inflatable kayaks and drove from Malabo to Luba, a port town on the South-West side of Bioko Island.  We set up our boats and launched into the Atlantic Ocean, riding the waves into a small inlet called “Rio de Tiburones” or Shark River.  We quietly navigated the mangrove in almost complete silence.  That’s the one advantage to motor-less boats, you can quietly sneak-up on wildlife.  We saw many large birds and heard the breaking brush of larger mammals just out of site.  The water was crystal clear and motionless, only the drips off our paddles disturbed the placid surface of the water.  Ahhhh, I’m in my element, my church, my home!

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A short lesson on Euatorial Guinea, Africa.

This is the Plaza I pass everyday on my walks around Malabo. 

My hotel is located next to the Plaza and, as you can see, is in front of the National Cathedral.  The country of Equatorial Guinea is a former Spanish Colony and therefore Spanish is the most widely spoken language.  Most peopele don’t know that Spanish and Portuguese are spoken in numerous African countries.  Many know about French Colonial history in Africa but not the Spanish and Portuguese.  French and Portuguese are also “official” languages but not as widely spoken as Spanish.  There are other local languages like Fang and Bubi (my 12 year old nephew liked the name “Bubi”…gee I wonder why…lol)
The Capital City of Malabo is on the Island of Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea.  The “Continetal” side of the country has Gabon and Cameroon as neighbors.  The main source of income for the country is oil.

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Adios “La Luna.”

It looks like “La Luna” Restaurant in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa is closing the doors… too bad, it was a wonderful place to eat great food.  What will replace it…?

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The Great Flood

Today, Friday 22 Oct 2010, the rain came down in buckets.  I happened to be at lunch at a sandwich shop when it started to pour.  The streets soon became fast moving rivers.  Taxi drivers were happy as their business increases every time it rains.  I fortunately had a ride available from a co-worker who picked me up and got me back from lunch to my office.  The locals that work at my hotel always complain that after a heavy rain they have 6″ of mud to sludge through just to come to work.  Paved roads that we take for granted are a luxury in much of the world.  Little things like a heavy rain causes you to be thankful for what you have all too often taken for granted.  Let the sun shine!

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Bats…Bats… everywhere….

Monday, 18 Oct – Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa.
It’s raining bats… this morning the wind began to blow really hard.  The bats, who occupy the palm trees took flight.  I looked toward the sky and at first thought there were thousands of crows in the sky… but soon realized they were the bats.  It was quite a sight.  It reminded me of the movie “Wizard of Oz.”  Remember the Flying Monkeys, well the Malabo Bats are not quite as big but close.  It’s still raining as I type, but the bats have taken their upside down perches back in the trees.

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Sipopo, Bioko Norte, Equatorial Guinea, Africa

Saturday, 16 Oct… Time to swim in the ocean.  I mean man, I am living and working on an island.  A swim in the ocean is free (well almost… need to get there first, driving today).  So, 2 friends and I pack our masks, fins and snorkels and headed to Sipopo, about 40 min drive from downtown Malabo.  Sipopo will soon have a 5 Star Hotel, Conference Center and much more.  So before access is restricted or costs a parking fee we decided to explore now!  We swam out to a small island about 300 meters off the coast and explored the lava-rock formations.  There were thousands of beautiful fish, of all shapes and sizes!  We ran into 2 fishermen is dug-out canoes, with nothing more than fishing line and hooks.  Who needs 100 dollar fishing poles?  At least not these two guys.  After a strong dose of sunshine and a few mouthfulls of sea water we decided to call it a day.

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Semper Traveling

 I decided to start a Blog.  I want to share my travels with other adventurous souls.

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