|Gare Bessengue, Douala. The nicest lawn in the city!|
|Douala's Gare Bessengue interior.|
|Preparing almond lotion.|
|"Non, non, non! C'est dangereux!"|
|Yaounde's central mosque.|
|Play and win American citizenship!|
Next we headed up to Mont Febe to visit a monastery with a collection of Cameroonian art. The art was quite good, but especially impressive was the guide- cum coffee-table book explaining the origins of all the various pieces. Afterwards we enjoyed nice views of the city below.
|View of Yaounde from the Benedictine monastery. You can see hints of the German heritage below.|
We were able to chase down a taxi outside Hotel Mont Febe and headed to the Palais du Sport. Angola (winners of the last two women's Afrobasket tournaments and longtime continental heavyweights on the men's side) was in the midst of a collapse against Nigeria. The departure of the disappointed Angolan fans and their brass band left a vacuum that we and others rushed to fill, and we were able to upgrade our seats for the final. It was Cameroon's first ever appearance in the gold medal game; the previous best results were a couple of bronze medals in the mid-80s. Senegal, by contrast, has only missed out on a medal in the biennial tournament twice since it began in the 1960s.
|Senegalese fans, with talking drums, cheering on their team.|
|Indomitable Lionesses' supporters, and one of several brass bands in attendance.|
By the end of the first half, though, the Lionesses of Teranga were ahead by 9. After some legends of Afrobasket were feted at halftime Cameroon's ladies rallied in the third quarter but Senegal pulled away at the end and then rolled away with the game in the fourth quarter. It made for a relatively subdued end of the game, with the notable exception of the Senegalese partisans.
|Afrobasket's MC/Ring Announcer.|
|Former stars of Afrobasket Women were honoured at halftime.|
|Indomitable Lion outside le Palais du Sport.|
|View of Rondpoint Nlongkak, Bastos, Yaounde.|
Then it was off to bed, where we watched a dubbed Melissa McCarthy running around in Spy, which we greatly enjoyed when we saw it in the U.S. Much of the physical comedy translated, but the French was too fast even for Blair. The picture quality was terrible, but Blair stuck with it then we had a fitful night's sleep as the fan wasn't strong enough to blow away all the mosquitoes or drown out the noise outside.
|Blair watched "Spy" for far too long given the reception quality and the fast dubbed dialogue.|
|Passing the hills around Yaounde on the bus home.|
|Hydroelectric plant on the Sanaga River near Edea.|
|Sunset in Youpwe, Douala.|
|Welders salvaging portions of the Arctic Voyager.|