I had a really good sleep in spite of the weirdness of the place. We were on the road by 7:30 to make the 9:30 ferry that doesn't run on Fridays anyway. We got to the marina without incident and after numerous discussions with conservationists, boat drivers and security guards, I chose not to go to Pongara National Park. According to the conservationist, we wouldn't see any large turtles, just nests and eggs. We might see a baby turtle if we were lucky. We would get there on high tide but would have to walk 10-12 km along mangroves to get to the boat because of low tide. WTF I thought. I'm not doing that so April and I went exploring Libreville. We stopped at a local supermarket and met the owner, a man from Montreal who has been living in Libreville for 30 years but is heading back to Canada next month for good. We took a taxi to Casino, a gigantic "normal' grocery store and I wandered around in heaven for an hour! I found some coffee that I think should be awesome so I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning to try it. From the mall, we went to the National Museum of Art and Traditions and had a great tour in English. Pictures aren't allowed but April talked the guide into letting us take a few.
Masks are work during celebrations. Men belong to secret societies and wear masks and costumes anonymously. That's why the eyes are just slits - so one can't be recognized. Most masks appear to be modelled after white people, especially the noses which are more pointed-
I want to make this for Halloween some year-
We met back at the truck at 4 pm and headed towards Lambréné. We're camping behind a motel and I've set my tent up underneath an awning so I hope to stay dry if the rain comes! Looking forward to moving on tomorrow.
Relics are in the bottom part of recipients. People used to keep them in their homes and pray through the dead person's bones to the spirits. They are very interesting: lots of feathers and monkey skulls-
This mask is made from a gorilla's skull-
This hygiene notice was in the bathroom: " In this disgusting place, as useful as your table, keep it equally clean like your plate!"-
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