Days 9 and 10 | 24 Hours in Paris
There were many rocks and footprints strewn upon the sand as we headed to where the Seme River deposited into the Atlantic Ocean. The calmness of the area reminded me about my previous experience sitting on the shores of Bimbia. The water from the river was cold when compared to that of the Atlantic. It was almost as though the river was reflecting the sentiment of having to send it’s children (the enslaved) into that ocean.
Leaving Limbe became known as “the amazing race.” We were scheduled to travel through Douala which included a stop for lunch. On the way there, one of the buses broke down and all of it’s riders had to be distributed onto the other buses. As is customary in Cameroonian culture, we went to the house of a prince after we entered Douala to get our blessing to enter the area. There, a short libation ceremony was performed. When combined with the stop for sandwiches, this made the journey back to Yaounde rushed. It was a mad dash inside the hotel after we got to Yaounde.
Many in the group had taken smaller bags to Limbe and needed to repack in order to meet security requirements. There were bags strewn everywhere as everyone repacked and changed into clothes appropriate for the Parisian weather. Some had bought fabric and had clothing sewn and needed to facilitate fittings and pick up. The conference space we were located in looked like a wild market place.
During our closing program, we were given amazing paintings from local artists as gifts. Additionally, we were given ARP/Cameroonian flip flops, a towel, and t-shirt from CAC International. It was then time to head to the airport.
Following our flight from Yaounde to Paris, the delegation successfully navigated Charles de Gaulle Airport and dropped off our things at the hotel. A group of us took the Metro and headed into Paris proper to view the Effiel Tower and Notre Dame Church. The weather was extremely cold and a much of a deviation from what we had experienced in Africa the days prior. We enjoyed hot chocolate and meringues from a local cafe as we walked.
|Me, at Seme Beach.|
I’m left with many questions though. Would there be an ARP 3, and would the ARK Jammers coordinate it? Is ARP 3 going to be geared toward another African nation? What will happen to Bimbia in the interim? I imagine that only time will answer these things.
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|Delegation members from the Tikar people with |
Dr. Rick Kittles of African Ancestry (center)
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