Eureka Camp

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
Trip End Nov 04, 2007

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

welcome to civilization and away from the campsites! Although we arrived in the city we still went to a farm campsite where we put up our tents and stayed there for one night only.

Today before arriving at the campsite, we made our way to a shopping centre to buy some food and snacks and there was internet and so have you. That place was like a shopping centre from the UK or the US. It was very modern and it was full of white tourists! There were all kinds of restaurants even a subway! but no we didn't eat there. Tonight we were suppose to provide our own dinner. Myself, Ellaina, Steve, Larrissa, Kasey and Matt, decided to catch a public bus into town and eat at a local resturant which had traditional food. We found one in the lonely planet book, which was called Fajimas. It was near the internet cafe, which I wrote to you a while ago for the first time since I left to Africa. The food was quite interesting. We had Ashima, which is maize crushed in a form of a dough. We had roasted chicken, smoked fish and cow's hooves! the latter was not very tasty! I took a bite from it and tried my hardest to keep a straight face, and with a smile I passed it on to Steve and told them it was delicious. When it came to Ellaina, with no hesitation she made a face and said it was awful! I wish I didn't have to be polite! :) We all tried a little bit more of it, but it was impossible to finish it. The texture is very odd, it is quite chew and yet slimy and the taste, well it smells like cow's feet! if you could say that! ;) I said it makes you wonder where it has been! and Steve cleverly pointed out to me, on the cow's legs! :)

I highly recommend that place. They stayed open only for us, and they were one of the best people we had met. It was a great opportunity for us to chat with the locals and to learn a few things about their culture. They taught us how to eat the traditional way, without any forks and spoons. As Kasey pointed out several times on this trip, it feels naughty to be doing something, like eating with your hands, only playing with your food, getting in a taxi with 2 of you in the front and 5 in the back, with no seat belts! Larrissa told us in Cameron, where she lived for 3 months, you could fit 8-10 people in the taxi! ;)
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