Yaoundé

It is hard to put my impressions of Yaoundé into words. The capital definitely stands out by its vibrancy. Around each corner there seems to be a new quarter to discover. In comparison to our prior surroundings, no single city center could be distinguished. Market places, bars, shops and supermarkets are spread out over the…

Dschang

After having spent some weekends in Nkongsamba, it was a nice change to be able to see a little more of the region. Dschang is about two hours north and easy to reach by bus. The last passage that was mainly uphill exposed the busses engine to some restrictions but made it possible to enjoy…

Les Chutes d’Ekom-Nkam

Our first trip led us to one of the main attractions in the area: ‘les Chutes d’Ekom-Nkam’. As one of the administrative languages is French, it comes on handy to practice my rusty vocabulary back from my stay in France 10 years ago. With the packed car, friend and three kids of our chef and…

Nkongsamba

After a week of being in Cameroon and precisely in Nkongsamba, I was already able to explore some of its main city characteristics. Divided in three parts (Ier, IIém, IIIém), the city center holds most of its businesses, with small shops, food and clothes markets and ‘moto taxis’ all around. People in general are really…

New paths

After a while of blog abstinence, a new adventure has led me to Cameroon and has hence motivated me to reactivate my travel diary. My time in the U.S. seems like decades away. The time being in Germany has made me eager to explore new paths. The ASA program and their preparatory seminars have had…

Hoyt

For a while now I’ve been living in the coop system and it has become my new home. I was afraid before coming here to share my room with someone because that was a new experience for me. But my roommate has become my best friend and I would not want to miss that. The…

Rock The Bells

The first official American road trip led us to Mountain View, to the Rock The Bells festival. It was the 10th year anniversary of the yearly festival that is hosted in L.A., San Francisco (Mountain View), New York and D.C. The small city of Mountain View is situated south of Palo Alto, heart of our…

Soul

Part of our exploring week also were two trips to San Francisco. As said I already fell in love with this city after one day. No need to mention how I feel about it after seeing even more. This post is called “Soul” because I thought that would perfectly match and contrast the “Spirit” theme…

Spirit

Thanks to the visit of my besty I had the chance to experience the Bay Area even more. It was a wonderful week full of laughing, walking and exploring. This is a little homage to Berkeley’s colors and spirit. Students in Berkeley really are liberal minded, free and creative. A whole political manifest combined with…

Game Day

C-A-L. What’s that spell? Cal! Who are we? Cal! Who will win? Cal! Yes, people tend to identify really heavily with their school. But that is what I like to much about the American university culture actually. Some Cal spirit even got stuck on me. My first football game of the season, I bought a…

Sunset

For welcoming week we had the chance to go up the Campanile clock tower at sunset. We had a wonderful view of Berkeley, the Bay and even San Francisco. See for the romantic-beautiful pictures below. Credits: Clara Speer

American Life

The full American experience. To feel home in my new room and get some basic things I went to Bed Bath & Beyond in El Cerrito, northern of Berkeley but only two BART stations away. First, I love that the metro here is called BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Next, when I got there I…