Sunday, January 25, 2009

In Yaoundé

Our crew's in the capital city now, and our new team members waking to the chaos of Yaoundé outside the hotel window. No problem getting the mold and all out tools & materials through customs because Mr. Mukam was awaiting us. And he had time to assure these things because our flight was delayed leaving Paris while they figured out what to do with an unruly passenger - evidently an illegal Cameroonian in France being returned to Douala, but shouting loudly to annoy the passengers, who then insisted he be removed. So that guy is still in Paris, and we are here! Busy day ahead.
By the way, the toilet in my hotel room has a slow leak so it wastes water. I was going to write a few paragraphs on whether toilets are a sustainable technology, and if so, under what conditions - but I'll save it for an essay question in the course next semester.


Julie said...

Glad to hear you all made it safely to Yaounde!!! I'm pleasantly surprised to see that massive amounts of duct tape were not needed to get all your luggage through the baggage check :)

Enjoy every second and good luck with your work ahead!


meghan said...

haha toilets are not a sustainable technology. I know a guy who is doing some research on sustainable human waste management practice - that basically involve using the composted human waste as manure for field or old latrine locations to plant fruit trees. It was a really interesting presentation.

The wasted water alone makes it unsustainable, but add in the toilet paper and it becomes really bad. However, I doubt that it is something that the American people are willing to give up.