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"vous avez l'air camerounais"

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This morning I took a taxi to the Peace Corps office and the driver and I got to chatting. He asked me where I was from, and then he asked if I lived in Cameroon or if I had a Cameroonian boyfriend. Why? "Voux avez l'air camerounais," or, loosely translated, "You act like a Cameroonian." Er...thanks?

Just like my former colleagues in Kenya, everyone in the PC office hadn't aged a bit. I was the one who'd fattened up. It was wonderful to see everyone and I can't believe people remembered me after eleven years. The current volunteer in my old post just left Yaoundé to return to Ambam.

So I got to thinking: Why not just hire a driver to go down there? It's paved all the way now, and if I leave Yaoundé at 6am, I'll get there by 9am, look around a bit, take off at noon, and then I'm back by 4pm at the latest. Our flight doesn't leave until 10:30pm anyway. Why not, indeed.

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On December 9th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC), kafechick commented:
Did you do it? :)
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On December 10th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I did! More to come.
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On December 9th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
I'm sure 'You act like a Cameroonian' was meant to be a compliment.
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On December 10th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I did tell him that I was happy he said so because I liked Cameroon so much. But it was a little disconcerting for me that my "Africa side" came out automatically.
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