The Cameroun, Benin Travel Project

May 6th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroun, Featured, Mobile, Random No Responses
The Cameroun, Benin Travel Project

Dear Friends,

Thank you for letting me know that my travel journeys through the Cameroon and Benin have been inspirational and enlightening. The posts that have been shared via my various social media platforms are a mere fraction of my total experiences. There truly are no adequate words that can fully explain what this seven week journey has meant for my soul, personal growth and spiritual elevation. For those who know me personally and have witnessed the process can attest, on my many occasions I have proceeded willingly, yet as is my nature, all too often I have submitted to the process with my face twisted, kicking and screaming. Yes, I am a work in progress, learning and always striving to do better, to bring forth my best self.

The journey has been real and also incredibly amazing. My companions and handlers have been, firm, principled, disciplined, kind and caring. I have been challenged on so many levels, that have all served for the healing of my person, as well has certainly helped to alleviate the long suffering of generations of my ancestors. In the end, this has all strengthened my spirit and fortified me to remain on course and continue to fulfill my mission. For this I am ever grateful.

Regarding our work at Cinnamon Traveler;

Yes we can certainly connect you with our contacts for African Art, from Cameroon, Benin and many countries in Central and West Africa.

Yes it is our pleasure to connect you with our contacts for Traditional African Spirituality and Healing, Cameroon, Benin and many countries in Central and West Africa.

Yes we can make travel arrangements for you and your group to connect with our contacts in Cameroon, Benin and many countries in Central and West Africa.

When you are ready, let’s schedule a conversation to discuss exactly what you have in mind. Cinnamon Traveler is available via all the usual outlets: WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, IMO, Messenger. Our mobile contact is 404.915.6701 and our email is traveler@cinnamontraveler.org.

Meantime, thanks again for encouraging us, liking our work and following us as we pave the way to document regional influences of African experience, while connecting the African Diaspora to the Continent of Africa, one travel journey at a time.

To get information about the project dates in July, August, September 2017, call 404.915.6701.

Adventurous Journeys!

 

Good Morning Douala

March 29th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses

New day: Good Morning Douala. Week 1. Every morning starts first with the crowing of Rooster. Then followed by Bird songs, which are followed on week days by the sounds of school children playing all manner of tag games before the beginning of classes. For the past week I have only heard this trio of sounds from the comfort of the bed.

However today, I was up early at the desk, studying and writing and to my surprise the children’s sounds were first heard before 6:30. Wow! I did not realize until today that they were doing their thing so early in the morning. Ready for my first break, I came to the balcony to observe the morning recess exercises in action. My goodness, they made me tired just watching them. It is no wonder that they arrive to school and can conform to the rigors of the classroom. Their little butts are probably exhausted and glad to finally sit down to receive instructions. These children ran, jumped, screamed and shouted. They played, played and played, with much joy, energy, creativity and of course the occasional mischief. Yes I had to say ah ah, but only once and they obeyed.

No doubt the ringleader was the cutie pie girl child with the red socks and perfectly braided hair. Seemingly unbridled, these children at play were wild, joyous and carefree. Many moons ago I was the little schoolgirl in red socks and perfectly braided hair. And when my parents were not looking, I was as wild as I could be. Some would say that I still am. Except now as an adult I no longer worry about the response from my parents. Fully liberated, I do what the …. I want.

This joyous abandon only lasted a while, as the driver soon arrived, loaded their book bags, then they all got into the car and went to school.

Multiple blessings to you beautiful school children!! May your days continue to be joyful and bright. Thank you for your unadulterated presence, it has rendered me extremely happy to start my day watching you perfect little people in action, doing your perfect children things. Play, learn and play some more, dear hearts. ♥️ Alafia.

 

Bonanjo -Douala

March 23rd, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses

Bonanjo Douala, view to the balcony.

 

Spring 2017 Visit Beautiful Cameroon

February 6th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Jengu Health Traditions No Responses

 

Destination: Queen Salo Days, Divine Goddess Matriarchy Festival March 28, – April 2, 2017 in Cameroon, Central Africa. In celebration of the Queen Salo Days, Divine Goddess Matriarchy Festival 2017 | Cinnamon Traveler presents | Jengu Restorative Healing Journey – The Divine Feminine Advance. 15 days African Diaspora Pilgrimage in Cameroon, Central Africa. Douala, Bimbia, Limbe, Bafoussam, Kribi. MARCH 28,- APRIL 11, 2017.

Click for more details

Email research@cinnamontraveler.org

Telephone 404.915.6701.

Queen Salo Matriarchy Festival Cameroon

January 24th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Featured, Jengu Health Traditions, Public History Programming No Responses
Queen Salo Matriarchy Festival Cameroon

In Association with our Family and Friends in Cameroon, Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust is Pleased to Share.

Togetherness. Limbe, Cameroon.

Togetherness.
Limbe, Cameroon.

In honor of Queen Salo, the  eponym founder of the same Bwassalo, and in honor of all African heroines sheros, Prof. Mbonji Edjenguele, Ruling King of Bwassalo, announces the holding of the QUEEN SALO DAYS, the Divine Goddess Matriarchy Festival, from March 31st to April 2, 2017 in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Bwassalo, Cameroon

Bwassalo, Cameroon

Bwassalo, Cameroon

Bwassalo, Cameroon

The Divine Feminine. Africana Advance in Cameroon 2017.

The Divine Feminine.
Africana Advance in Cameroon 2017.
#weareafrica

In celebration of the Queen Salo Days, Divine Goddess Matriarchy Festival 2017 |

Cinnamon Traveler presents |

Jengu Restorative Healing Journey – The Divine Feminine Advance.

Africana Art in Motion. Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

Africana Art in Motion.
Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.
#weareafrica

15 days African Diaspora Pilgrimage in Cameroon, Central Africa. Douala, Bimbia, Kribi, Bafoussam.

Sawa Traditions, Culture, Cuisine, Shopping & Queen Salo Days Divine Goddess Matriarchy Festival.

MARCH 28 – APRIL 11, 2017.

Bwambe, Kribi Cameroon.

Bwambe, Kribi Cameroon.
#thisisafrica

 

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Bafoussam, Cameroon.
#thisisafrica

 

$4,300.00 USD per person.

Package Includes—

RT Airfare to Douala Cameroon*

Airport Transfer

All In Country Transportation

Modern Accommodations and Hotels

Africana Art in Motion. Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

Africana Art in Motion.
Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.
#thisisafrica

Breakfast Daily

Celebration Meals

Multi lingual Guided Tours

Cultural Programming**

Queen Salo Days Matriarchy Festival Pass

Jengu Ancestral Rituals and Divine Feminine Rites

Sacred Jengu Rites Douala, Cameroon. #ngondo

Sacred Jengu Rites
Douala, Cameroon.
#Ngondo

Foumban Royal Palace. Foumban, Cameroon.

Foumban Royal Palace.
Foumban, Cameroon.
#Bamoun

Black sand Seme Beach. Limbe, Cameroon

Black sand Seme Beach.
Limbe, Cameroon.
#MongomaNdemi

Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust is Honored to Offer Comfortable, Culturally Authentic African Experiences in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Please Share Freely.

*Departures from most major North American, South American and European airports.

**Orientation, travel visa application assistance.

Details and information 404 915.6701 or seabreezemv@yahoo.com.

Cameroon Traveler 2017

January 11th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses

Cameroon

Jengu

Travel

Project

Videos

Tongo Festival: Sawa Cultural Renaissance.

#visitcameroon #jengusacredmusic

 

Daily Departures from major cities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Information and details for organizing a visit to Cameroon  404.915.6701.

Feeling good in Africa, Join Us!

 

 

 

Yaoundé to Douala – Good surprise.

January 3rd, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Field Study Research, Mobile No Responses

Tuesday afternoon, November 15.

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Transportation from Yaoundé to Douala is affordable tourist class coach service.

 

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This is Cameroon, bus tickets have your name, boarding is orderly and organized. Passengers enter the coach in the order of purchase. There will be no skipping the line.

 

Bus attendent, lunch service and decent seating.

Bus attendent, lunch service and decent seating.

 

Best choice for price and comfort for transportation between Douala and Yaoundé

Best choice for price and comfort for transportation between Douala and Yaoundé.
Great way to build marketshare and customer loyalty.

 

Tasty fish sandwich. Better meal offering than what is available on some U.S. airlines.

Tasty fish sandwich. Better meal choice than what is available on some U.S. commercial airlines.

 

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Entering the edge of the forest between Yaoundé and Douala.

 

15 Nov. 2016, 3:11:40 PM

15 Nov. 2016, 3:11:40 PM

The U.S. election upset was in the news. At a routine check point, soldiers had jokes for my U.S. Passport.

The next day when sharing the jokes with Mr. Honey Muse, he said that Trump jokes were not funny.

Well in hindsight, guess not perhaps one week after was still too soon.

Blessed to be living outside the country. Enjoying the luxury of looking from the outside IN.

Blessed to briefly be living outside the U.S.
Experiencing the luxury of looking from the outside IN.

 

Real time Yaoundé

January 2nd, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Mobile No Responses

Tuesday morning, November 15.

On the way to the bus station, to get the bus to Douala.

We get the unscripted tour of the landscape.

The hustle is real. We are in good company

We drive pass a man pushing a wheelbarrow filled with pineapple.

We drive pass a man pushing a wheelbarrow filled with pineapple.

 

We were passing through a produce market.

We were passing through a produce market.

 

Abundance of fresh food.

Abundance of fresh food.

 

Good variety of locally grown produce.

Good variety of locally grown produce.

 

Landmarks

Landmarks

 

Central district thriving with all types of business and commercial negotiations.

Central district thriving with all types of business and commercial negotiations.

 

Central district thriving with all types of business and commercial negotiations..

Central district thriving with all types of business and commercial negotiations.

 

Men dressed in suit jackets, selling business suits.

Men dressed in suit jackets, selling business suits.

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Landmarks.

Landmarks.

 

Post secondary private professional schools.

Private professional educational institutions.

Independent merchants.

Cellular credit vendors.

Storefront merchants

Commerce

Action

This is Africa, creativity is thriving, people are making it happen.

#thisisafrica

 

Yaoundé Super Moon

January 1st, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Random No Responses

Monday, November 14, 2016.

Locally grown culture is real.

Soil celebrity.

Edith Rose’s birthdate.

Full Moon Taurus.

Customs.

Place.

Space.

Music.

New Music.

Brymo

Yemi Alade

Davido

Elana

Dinner.

Lessons.

Night drive around Mont Fébé.

City lights.

Protocol is everything.

Immerse.

Embrace.

Time to Learn.

Spirit.

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Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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City Lights of Yaoundé. View from Mont Fébé. Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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City Lights of Yaoundé. View from Mont Fébé. Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Full Moon in Taurus over the city. Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon. #supermoon

 

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Pan African University, Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Pan African University. Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

 

 

Douala to Yaoundé

December 25th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses

First Sunday in Cameroon – Day 4

Road trip: Douala to Yaoundé

On the road Next stop Yaoundé

On the road.
Next stop Yaoundé.

 

The days were full; movement in the day, meetings and lessons at night.

In total the journey on the ground was a full 26 days. Information overload was the norm.

Some days I was nodding during lessons, but trust I was paying attention.

Twenty six days of growth and learning. Cultural immersion at its best.

My mantra was, I Am In Africa.

Saying I Am In Africa once a day, always with smile, helped to keep my teeth white.

Lol!

Modern building facades use ancient symbolism as ornamental appointments that signify identity and place.

Location: Somewhere between Douala and Yaoundé.
Modern building facades use ancient symbolism as ornamental appointments that signify identity and place.

 

FENAC - Yaoundé Musee national a Yaoundé wow, Wonderful, WOW!! Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.

FENAC – Yaoundé
Musee National a Yaoundé.
Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.

 

Bamileke nation.

FENAC – Yaoundé,
Musee National a Yaoundé.
Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.
Sistars from the Bamileke Nation getting into position for a picture.
Exquisite embroidery on black cotton velvet.

 

FENAC - Yaoundé Musee national a Yaoundé wow, Wonderful, WOW!! Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.

FENAC – Yaoundé.
Musee National a Yaoundé.
Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.

 

Yaoundé. There is a six hour time difference between the East coast and Cameroon, which means that since arriving my sleep has been choppy. You know, I fall asleep on EST but still wake up in local time with everyone else. Or I fall asleep at reasonable local time, then wake up at EST evening time. Jet lag is a a beast, but I did take a cat nap though, on the drive to Yaoundé. Yet despite the resetting of my body clock, I am hanging tough. This picture was taken at the FENAC Festival. Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!! Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people. So I posed with the sculptures of the Mother and the Invisible Lady. Yeah, I was diggin' everything about this FENAC Festival scene. After the festival we went for a Sunday evening visit with our Padrino. Then to the grill space for dinner. Beauty in abundance. #thisisafrica

FENAC Yaoundé – Musee a National Yaoundé.
Beauty in abundance.
#thisisafrica

There is a six hour time difference between the East coast and Cameroon, which means that since arriving my sleep has been choppy.
You know, I fall asleep on EST but still wake up in local time with everyone else.
Or I fall asleep at a reasonable local time, then wake up at EST evening time.
Jet lag is a a beast, but I did take a cat nap though, on the drive to Yaoundé.
Yet despite the resetting of my body clock, I am hanging tough.
This picture was taken at the FENAC Festival.
Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.
So I posed with the sculptures of the Mother and the Invisible Lady.
Yeah, I was diggin’ everything about this FENAC Festival scene.
After the festival we went for a Sunday evening visit with our Padrino.
Then to the grill space for dinner.

 

 

Ancient styled warrior armor.

FENAC – Yaoundé.
Musee a National Yaoundé.
Ancient styled warrior armor.

 

Beauty in abundance.

This picture was taken at the FENAC Festival. Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.
This floor photo, captures this beautiful mask, the vendor’s sneaker, the edges of my dress and a glimpse of my happy toes.
Yeah, I was diggin’ everything about this FENAC Festival scene.
After the festival we went for a Sunday evening visit with our Padrino. Then to the grill space for dinner. Beauty in abundance. #thisisafrica

 

 

Love the effect of the b/w treatment, as it perfectly reflects the mystery of that moment. #wearableart #fenac #yaoundé

FENAC – Yaoundé
Musee a National Yaoundé
Love the effect of the b/w treatment, as it perfectly reflects the mystery of that moment.
Beauty in abundance
#wearableart #fenac #yaoundé

 

Dignity, beauty, style. #wearableart #fenac #yaoundé

FENAC – Yaoundé
Musee a National Yaoundé
Dignity, style, magic.
Beauty in abundance. #wearableart #fenac #yaoundé

 

Sunday night dinner in a very popular grill space. Located somewhere off the beaten path. Fork not necessary. #delicious!!!

Sunday night dinner in a very popular grill space.
Located somewhere off the beaten path.
Superb seasoning, memorable flavors!!
Fork use is optional.
#delicious!!!