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Monday, August 3, 2009

Got to meet The Ambassador of Yaounde!

Today is Jeff first day at work at the embassy...mostly just checkin stuff. But he came and got us for lunch, we went to a local Italian place and we met Jeff's supervisor, Justin, and his wife, and two other SEOs who are here for TDY from Pretoria.Me and jeff had calzone its a turnover made from pizza dough and its huge stuff with ham,mushroom and lots of cheese on it as soon as it gets on our table Claire say Wowowee!and she's excited to ripped it open and eat it.Service was very slow...took a long time for food to arrive after we placed our order. We were told to get used to it...that's the way it is here.
After lunch we all went back to the Embassy,The building is pretty new and very high-tech as far as safety is concern. I met a marine guy on duty. Jeff and I got our Embassy ID cards...nice!My ID allow me almost anywhere inside the embassy except on those area that is classified. We were able to get some more stuff from the commisary. Then we both had check-in with the Regional Security Officer...the office that Jeff works in (RSO). She gave us a briefing on residential security as well as the situation here in Cameroon,I make sure I absorbed evrything she briefed us.The RSO carry a gun and she's a lady! She is nice and find her cool!Then we had a briefing with the Deputy Chief of Mission...the DCM. He's the #2 person in charge at the Embassy, and stands in as the ambassador when she is out of country. He gave us some brownies with a card as a gesture in welcoming us. Pretty cool!! He was really nice and told me he hopes I plan to work!! Then we got to meet with the Ambassador...she is also really nice! Calm and very sophisticated.She welcome us personally and tell us how lucky we are(for some reasons) to get our first post here in Yaounde. On the lower level of the building is the CLO office,She is so nice and hand me a copy of the monthly event schedule and classes going on.She suggested I join the African dance Class!and Im opt for that!!I spot a couple of event that excite me that is the Ebogo Canoe trip and of course the Ladies night!Lastly we went to the Language class and met Amadou a local guy and sign up for french lesson.Seems like there's a lot of nice and interesting things we can do in Cameroon!!
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