Cameroon was quite the experience from my first trip a few years ago. Although they are celebrating 50 years of independence its still very easy to say I am on a farm... I visited with Sebastein and his family as well as my friend Elvis from Tanzania, during his global tour to bring awareness to education and our environment ( chiletokili.com)
I was surprised by the corruption just getting into a federal prison ( NOT A JAIL). I had to pay to get inside, prisoners have to pay for there own food, and should expect to be covered everywhere in BITES from ?? Guilty in Cameroon if someone says you are, and innocent if you have the financial resources to do anything about it. He may spend the next 5 years there, and by looking at how slow Cameroon is to get on its feet and progress, It may be longer... ( more to come )
Douala has an active nightlife, great sea food, beer seems to replace drinking water, starting from the time many people get up. It was a nice change for Elvis who was arrested twice the previous week in Nigeria suspected of being Boko Haram . ( google it please )
The 250 kilometer bus ride to Douala included a minimum of 20 road side stops by the military all expecting some kind of payment for nothing from the driver... When I traveled Cameroon I never stopped , or considered paying a bribe. They do not want trouble from a white man, but they think nothing of cheating each other any way they can.
We split ways
I spent a week with all the other tourists walking the streets looking at the map for the next tourist site. lots of good coffee , pizza, and pasta to keep you going. My birthday that week was celebrated by the hotel manager and friends from Iran in there New Years eve celebration year 2578 ?? Traditional Iranian food and spirits.. Vodka mixed with wine ... !!
I get conflicting information about travel thru Iran. The motorcycle is registered in the USA , and I do have both a Canadian and American passport , but with American tourists still in there prisons it seems a bit dodgy... despite USA Today and other articles that Iran is doing what they can to get American tourists to come visit... If given a choice I would rather ride Iran and Pakistan into India rather than ship it from Turkey... hmmm
Yesterday I arrived in Bulgaria and took the BMW for a spin !!