Gabon again - the opposite of last week
After last weeks adventures I guess that it is only fitting that this week has been much easier. Easier on the body but not necessarily on the mind. My friend Nav is in India and has left the keys to his home in my care. He even wrote me that I'm "the boss" for now :)
It gives me a place of solitude which is great. Last week I met Laura and Fabio from Switzerland who were also staying at Nav's place. They left, came back for a few days and left again. They are really enjoying Gabon and seeing as much as possible. And why wouldn't they? Gabon is a country which has had peace since it gained independence from France in 1960. And often I think that peace is the key. Some of the richest countries in Europe are Sweden and Switzerland which were both neutral during 2nd World War.
Gabon has modernity in the city and gorillas in the forest. You can eat low cost fresh fish from the sea or go to a fancy sushi restaurant. The beaches are gorgeous, the streets are safe and every main road I have traveled on has been in good condition so it's easy to get around.
Désiré and I at the Red Cross.
I had a talk with Désiré-Clitandre DZONTEU about his country, about Africa, about the Saga and about the world. He is a journalist at Gabon Review and wrote a great piece on the Saga for all of you who speak French: http://gabonreview.com/blog/a-la-98e-etape-de-son-tour-du-monde-laventure-de-thor-passe-par-le-gabon/
São Tomé visa - easy!!
I've been taking care of "small stuff" the past week. I got a new visa for São Tomé & Príncipe because the old one expired. I also got an extension for my Gabonese visa which wasn't too hard but meant that my multiple visa has been cancelled. So now I will need to apply for a new visa if I leave Gabon and wish to return. And I will and I do. The boat to São Tomé is delayed because of "small engine problems" so who knows how long that will take? And finding a legal way into Equatorial Guinea is day by day exhausting my options and possibilities. Even the all mighty Red Cross is struggling here...what do you do when a country doesn't want visitors?
On the bright side Gabon is a great place to wait for something.
It's "funny" in a way. I get many of the same questions from many different people. Often I'm asked what I'm going to do when I go to visit Syria or North Korea. But NEVER has it happened that someone said: "what are you going to do about Equatorial Guinea?"
Torbjørn C. Pedersen (Thor) - finding the way.