Anyway, I had the surreal experience of being in Gabon from June to August this year while they were filming Survivor in some remote part of the country. Gabon is indeed a beautiful and fascinating place. Unspoiled beaches, thick lush equatorial forest and an *interesting* approach to hospitality. I spent most of the time at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in the small town of Lambarene.The most interesting part of the Gabonese adventure was the delicious cuisine. I learnt very quickly that one had to be a "surivivor" to navigate through the dining out experience. For one of our fancy official dinners we had lovely aromatic meal available. I asked what it was and was told it was "crocodile". *Yummy* ...alas, I politely declined. Some weeks later, after a hard day of work, we headed to a quaint restaurant on the banks of the Ogoue river. The menu was narrated by a waitress but luckily, we went with someone who spoke better French than the rest of us!
- Carpe: Bony fresh water fish similar to tilapia
- Antilope: Antelope but unfortunately I stopped eating meat in Dec '03 so that would have had to be a pass
- Crocodile: Croc again?
- Singe: Monkey...Say whaa????? A primate? I don't think so!
- Python: #$#%#$ For a moment I thought you said "snake"....oh... you did! Oops... @#$@#
*Alas* in the end, I was not the sole survivor in the bushmeat avoidance club; I gave into the python and I must say it was really delicious.
African Python + My Dish of Cooked Python, rice and fried Cassava