Yesterday’s long run was out past Bambui 4-corners to the Seminary and back. And I’m beginning to realize that I’m soon going to be in “this is my last run here” territory. Next week I’m planning to be in Bafoussam for a big celebration at the partners organization of another volunteer, so I won’t do my long run in Bamenda. That means only one more long run in Bamenda. Yesterday was a good run. I did both Bambui Hill and Guinness Hill without stopping. It was quite foggy and cool – basically perfect running weather.
Emmanuel came over in the evening and I loaded him up with some more stuff – Ben-Gay and Tiger Balm patches and Clif Bloks! When the Mezam Stars get injured, they usually just tough it out, so I’m happy to pass on common drugstore items that will help. I also gave him the backpack I’d bought in India (just to transport all the books and stuff I bought there home!) and he was quite happy about that. When we’ve traveled, he and Benedicta have shared a bag, which can get tricky if they don’t stay in the same place (which happens often as women often go to one person’s house and men to another). So now they can each have their own.
Emmanuel was sad. Me too. The Mezam Stars are my best friends here in Cameroon and they definitely made my time here really great. I appreciate it tremendously. I told him he needs to learn how to use a computer, but I think it’s too daunting for him. He doesn’t even read all that well and he’s never touched a computer. Still it would be great to be in touch over the Internet. I told him I’d send him a text as soon as I was wherever I am going to be and have a new phone number.
Now I’ve got to figure out how to make it through “the transition.” I’m planning to leave all my running shoes and all but two sets of clothes with the Mezam Stars. But I’ll be in Yaoundé for most of a week and then London for a few days then I get to California. I have a pair of Merrell sneakers that I think I could run in a few times without much trouble, but I may have to stop at Metrosport on the way from the airport. . . I could buy a pair of shoes in London, but they cost twice as much there (thanks to the dollar), so that’s not my first choice!