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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 2 - Yaounde - Rehearsal & Ambassador's Concert

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Thankfully the schedule's light today AND coffee is readily available ;-)  We start off with a short trip to the Embassy - looks pretty much like all the others... don't know if I've mentioned that there's actually a rule that all new Embassies are on the same floor plan with the same architectural design!  We're greeted by Ambassador Robert Jackson who sits d...

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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 1 - Travel - Yaounde

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Charles de Gualle airport, once again.  About to board, and my boarding pass sets off a nasty beep accompanied by a flashing red light... "One moment, Madame..."  the attendant zips over to a different desk and comes back carrying a new boarding card "You've been upgraded!". 

Cool!  Unfortunately, they didn't put two and two together that I was...

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Togo Chronicles - Day 9 - Lome - Chillin' out and flying home

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A lie-in, a leisurely brunch at the aptly named "Belle Epoque" hotel, a little bit of tourism and window shopping "pour la forme" and one last pleasant open-air meal with the Embassy folks.  What with all our trials and tribulations around being properly caffeinated, Joe Welsh gifts us with a packet of some local brew to take home ;-)  I have one last plate of ...

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Togo Chronicles - Day 8 - Lome - Musicians' Workshop & English-through-Music

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 7, 2012 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Embassy breakfast once again - can't beat the "rapport qualité prix" (value for the price) in this town.  Brenda kindly offers to try to get us a real espresso from the machine in the Chargé d'Affaire's office ;-)  Then into a thankfully air conditioned conference facility at the Embassy to meet with a room full of musicians to talk about...

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Togo Chronicles - Day 7 - Lome - Morning Workshop & Afternoon Concert

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 6, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Up and at 'em.  We've arranged for me to get picked up to go have breakfast at the Embassy, since the spread here at the hotel leaves much to be desired for being so overpriced.  There's been a bit of a mix up with the cars and chauffeurs, but I still make it there in time to get something in my belly, and some caffeine in my veins before the workshop starts.

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Togo Chronicles - Day 6 - Lome - Day OFF!!!

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 5, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

R.A.S.  - French for "nothing to report".  A day of quiet - a chance to sleep in, catch up on correspondence and Facebook ;-)  Lunch by the beach (a little less exotic than it sounds) and a stroll through the nearly empty (on Sunday) Grand Marché in downtown Lomé.  Apparently it's likely our last ride with our favorite Chauffeur,...

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Togo Chronicles - Day 5 - Lome - P.M. - VIP concert & jam

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 4, 2012 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Then it's back to the hotel for some rest (I opt for an actual nap) before heading down the street for the sound check for tonight's VIP performance.  We get there to find that what was supposed to be a full set-up and sound check that morning was merely an equipment drop :-P  So, pretty much nothing is set up, so there's nothing for us to do....

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