Category: Equatorial Guinea

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Christopher Vito: Some Notes on Cultural Differences

  There are a lot of facets of culture here that differ pretty substantially from the way that we live our lives in America. This blog is going to be more or less a list of things here that seem odd. Getting used to most of them hasn’t necessarily been difficult, but these are just ...

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Christopher Vito: Hiking in the Rainforest

So it occurred to me that I haven’t blogged about the rainforest yet, even though we went there a little over 2 weeks ago. It was actually the day before we went to the beaches. I really have no idea why or how it didn’t occur to me to make a post about it, because ...

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Christopher Vito: Trip to Moka

  A note on my last blog: I noticed a typo. About halfway through the second paragraph, the sentence should read “…with absolute certainty, be *DEAD* right now if that weren’t the case.” Yesterday, we went up to the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) field center in Moka, a village in the mountains to the ...

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Christopher Vito: A Consideration of Privilege

  On Monday, the US Embassy hosted a free showing of the critically acclaimed movie “How to Survive a Plague” at the Spanish Cultural Center of Equatorial Guinea. The showing was followed by a discussion with the writer/director David France. The film is a documentary about the Act Up movement to fight AIDS in the ...

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Christopher Vito: Trip to the Beaches (Pt. 2)

  By the time we were done with the chocolate, the rain had let up a little bit so it was a good time to keep moving on to the beach. So we got back on the perfectly paved road and drove through the jungle for another 20 minutes or so until we came to ...

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Christopher Vito: Trip to the Beaches (Pt. 1: Chocolate)

  On Sunday, we took a trip to Arena Blanca, or the White Beaches, which is southeast relative to Malabo. Or at least that was our initial plan, before we woke up to torrential downpour. It is, after all, a rainforest so that really shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. And forget about planning ...

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Christopher Vito: Arrival in Bioko (Pt 2: Scavenger Hunt

  On Sunday we were invited over to the Hilton Hotel on the island by a big time oil company executive whose company funds the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program. That was super nice and we got lots of free food and drinks at a pool, but it’s not really why I came to Africa so ...