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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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.

Sofitel Hotel, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa

The Sofitel Hotel in Malabo,  Equatorial Guinea, Africa is probably the nicest hotel in town.  The hotel amenities include a pool, weight room, restaurant / bar and laundry service to name a few.  The A/C always works and there is plenty of hot water, which is not always true in some other area hotels.  

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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.

Bubi Dancers

Here is a short video of a dance by the Bubi Dance Troop,

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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.

A Bubi Christmas 2010

I have celebrated Christmas in Asia, Europe, South America and now Africa.  I must say, my Malabo Christmas has been the most unique.  I was invited to a Christmas Day Party that included a Dance Presentation from a Bubi Dance Troop.  What a wonderful experience, one I will long remember!

Wiki-pedia:

The Bubi people, also known as VooveBobesBoobesBoobeesAdeejahsAdijasEdiyasErisFernando PoansFernandians, and Bantu Speaking Bubi, are an African ethnic group, members of the Bantu group, who are indigenous to Bioko IslandEquatorial Guinea. Once the majority group in the region, the population experienced a sharp decline due to disease and outright killing sprees during Portuguese expedition. Once numbering over 3 million, the Bubi currently number less than 100,000 world wide making them an endangered people.
The Bubi people have long held little political power. However recently appointed government officials such as the former Prime Minister Miguel Abia Biteo Borico and several other members of the current Equatorial Guinea government are of ethnic Bubi descent.
Most Bubi people that remain on Bioko Island speak the Bube language, with many speaking Spanish as a secondary language.
Here are a few pictures of the dancers:

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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.

Progress on a Small Tropical Island Called Bioko.

Today, I took a drive to “Punta Hermosa.”  That means “Beautiful Point” in Spanish.  It’s located about a 30 min drive East of Malabo on the North East tip of Bioko Island.  The area is undergoing some major construction, a conference center, a hospital, a new Sofitel Hotel are being built and the jungle is being cleared along the coast to make way for a beach.  Punta Hermosa is going to be a first class tourist destination when it’s complete in the next year.  Equatorial Guinea will host the African Union Summit in the Summer of 2011 and “Punta Hermosa” will be the center-piece of a long list of improvements!

The above picture shows the conference center in the background and the dredge boat working on the beach.

The above picture is taken from the other direction, a few Equato-guineans seem to be enjoying the new beach!
Progress!

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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.

Around the Island!

This past weekend, a few friends and I decided to take a trip around the Island of Bioko.  The Equato-Guinean Government has numerous building projects going on all over the island.  Many new roads are under construction.  It was a wonderful trip, we quickly made our way around the island.  The only area still not accessible by car is the Southern most 1/3 of the island.  This region is extremely remote and home to some unique species of monkeys, found only here on the island!  Along the way we stopped to take in the raw beauty of this island.  There are many beautiful vistas overlooking the ocean where waterfalls pass under the numerous road bridges as the water works its way down to the sea.

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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.

The Ceiba Tree, Jungle, Equatorial Guinea, Africa.

Wikipedia states that the “Ceiba is the name of a genus of many species of large trees found in tropical areas, including Mexico, Central and South America, The Bahamas, Belize and the Caribbean, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. Some species can grow to 70 m (230 ft) tall or more, with a straight, largely branchless trunk that culminates in a huge, spreading canopy, and buttress roots that can be taller than a grown person. The best-known, and most widely cultivated, species is Kapok, Ceiba pentandra.”

On a recent “jungle walk” a paused for a picture next to a beautiful Ceiba Tree. 

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

OPERATION “DOWN SIZING” COMPLETE

I just got my tax refund from the mortgage company from the sale of my home in Aug 2010.
That means the “Down Sizing” is Complete!  Yeahhhhhhh!!

I went from this home;

Summer View,

Winter View,

To this………………………………………………Now my home has wheels…….

I put my things in storage… and maybe when the housing maket interests me, I’ll buy a “small” home somewhere, but for now…. Big Bertha is my home! (Back in the USA).

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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.