Ahidjo dropped us off at our hotel, a group of rooms on the grounds of a small private school that runs on donations. Ecole les Petits Louh is run by a Dutch lady and her Cameroonian husband, who has created several eclectic murals around the lodging.
|Artwork at les Petits Louh: murals with Cameroonian and Dutch traditional|
housing, people escaping East Germany.
|Lineage of the Bamoun dynasty.|
|Selected kings and sultans of Foumban, "Double Snake, Double Power"|
|Foreground of Foumban's royal palace, with statue of Sultan Ibrahim Njoya.|
|Cameroonians at the bar, Sultan Ibrahim Njoya.|
|Mr. Njoya outside the Museum of Bamoun Arts and Traditions.|
The Museum had an interesting collection of Bamoun artifacts, and genial guides showed us around the main room. There was also a room showing the interior of a traditional dwelling. It featured a cooking area as well as a bed. Much like the Mankon palace museum, this Bamoun house had a bag with an important cultural function. It hung on the interior wall, rather than being passed around like Mankon's gossip bag.
|Small mosque on the way to the Bamoun museum.|
Aside from the cultural sights, Foumban was also a very pleasant town. It has a high elevation so is a bit cooler. It is also a very pleasant place to walk around, as well as stop for a drink and watch the world pass by. While in town we met up with a Peace Corps volunteer who was able to tell us a bit about his work – principally teaching business classes to local farmers at an agricultural college just outside town.
|Passport photo service. With rabbits for sale.|
|Mural near the royal palace.|
|Design of the new museum in Foumban. Spiders and double-snakes.|
|Passersby and the under-construction museum. You can see|
one of the snakes' heads pretty well.
|Covering up a skylight on the museum's roof.|
In December 2016 there will be a biennial festival at the royal palace in Foumban, so we are keeping in touch with Ali on the off chance we can get an invitation (and days off from school to make the trip)!
|On our way home from Foumban.|
|Cloudy skies near Dschang as we begin our descent|
into Littoral Region and onwards to Douala.