Monday, August 29, 2005

Welcome to my humble blog-abode

Salut, mes amis!

This is the journal I'll be using from September through to January, as I live/work/play in Cameroon and simultaneously try (really, I will) to keep in touch with all the lovely folks at home. I would love to hear your feedback and stories, so please keep me updated every now and then. (Don't forget that my school email works, too.)

Missing you all (almost) already,

Mara/Mar(mar)/Marrah...sigh/Marita
Chloe/Chlodes

P.S. The "almost" refers to the "already," not to the "all." I really WILL miss all of you...yes, even the ones who smell funny (Axis of Evil and Pah, you know who you are!), break my things (careful with the boomerangs, boys), and forget everything (boys, again).

11 Comments:

Blogger chrish said...

Hi Mara; looks good.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Mara, I am sooo jealous! It sounds fantastic, please keep us all updated!
Love, Michelle Cassidy

2:42 PM  
Blogger Gray said...

Mara, nice setup. How often will you blog, while in Cameroon?

3:50 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

Good luck with Cameroon. My uncle always loved the name Yaoundé, but particularly loved saying it YOW!-ndé.

3:25 PM  
Blogger chrish said...

Aahh, the relief of a trip off to such a good (well, at least mainly good) start! It will be wonderful to join with you in person but the descriptions almost put me into the place right now. When you leave for Yaounde, maybe a daytime trip will let you savour the high risk of the ride more fully - wouldn't that be fun? Love, Chris.

10:37 AM  
Blogger chrish said...

Amazing time, grapefruit and plantain and beignets and company (some good) and scenery and making some sort of contribution all at once. Thanks for the linguistic note; just also note that entropy in this case is either rising, or held at a high level. Just maintaining entropy could yield a pretty ordered state, if the entropy is low. Make sure you tell those kids that, so they know which way to push the energy input at a given temperature.

1:00 PM  
Blogger mel said...

chloe
i miss you so much i guess this is the fastest way to get to you. i received your pink letter the other day and let me tell you it brought me into tears. i have been reading all of your writings and it makes me think so much about cameroon and i miss it so much not one day goes by where i don't get lost into my daydreams about cameroon. I really enjoy your cooking recipies because thats one thing i forgot to write down when i was there. My flatmates love it! I'm so proud and impressed with all the tasks you are accomplishing, you are totally up for all these things even in French!!!!
on another note it's good to think about a fiance, i even had a little ridiculous ring i wore thinking it would stop some of the men but the truth is they just look at you and say "i'm polygamous it don't bother me" hehe
most of the time you have to laugh it off or respond in a joking way. Anyways, enjoy enjoy enjoy and never forget that at the other end of the world lots of people are thinking about you !!!
gros gros bisous ma belle mel

1:31 PM  
Blogger chrish said...

Haven't seen more blog from your blistered-fingered self since you 'vortexed' samples out of a bath (what does that mean?) and I hope that the lab work gets to feel fulfilling; that of course will depend on the reagents being good. I guess one of the delights of the cooking and the interesting recipes you are posting is that your result is hard to make bad, the making is fun, and more than one person can share in the experience all the way along. I guess that's also true of hair braiding. Aah, the difference between copying the old and attempting the new. So now are you feeling more motivated to write on tubes? Perhaps for another 2000 or so, I'd imagine. Keep well, and I think your blogs really have a lot of class!

5:30 PM  
Blogger chrish said...

Amazing! I wondered how you would recover from the 'crazy woman' blog, and you did so magnificently. You have truly become one with the natives, if only for a time.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Ntonghanwah Forcheh said...

Hi Mara,

I came accross your blog while checking out a few links to orgs in Cameroon. I am a Cameroonian myself, but live and work in Southern Africa. I happened to have been in Cameroon, and passed through Dschang in December (2006). Your piece on Dschang and arrival in Cameroon was wonderfully written. Your observation that "Cameroon poverty is not an issue of laziness, but rather a misdirection of effort" is very apt. I hope that your time in Yaounde was not as duanting as you feared and that your remaining stay in Cameroon was great. I am also developing a blog at http://forchehn.blogspot.com/
see you there.
Forcheh

11:46 PM  
Blogger Ntonghanwah Forcheh said...

Hi Mara,

I came accross your blog while checking out a few links to orgs in Cameroon. I am a Cameroonian myself, but live and work in Southern Africa. I happened to have been in Cameroon, and passed through Dschang in December (2006). Your piece on Dschang and arrival in Cameroon was wonderfully written. Your observation that "Cameroon poverty is not an issue of laziness, but rather a misdirection of effort" is very apt. I hope that your time in Yaounde was not as duanting as you feared and that your remaining stay in Cameroon was great. I am also developing a blog at http://forchehn.blogspot.com/
see you there.
Forcheh

11:47 PM  

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