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Christopher Vito: Back in America

The past week has been interesting. One week back in America and I’m still experiencing bursts of culture shock and just little moments where I realize something isn’t what I’ve become used to. . For example, this morning I was about to rinse my toothbrush with tap water from the sink and stopped myself for ...

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Christopher Vito: Our Last Day and Departure from Bioko

  Today’s been hectic and filled with mixed emotions. Unsurprisingly, the majority of us put our packing off until the last day. No one was rushing last minute, but it was definitely busy. Some of us did some last minute shopping for gifts. (I did both of these things today). So with all the running ...

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Christopher Vito: Equatorial Guinea’s Waste Management

  On Monday, our group went out to see some of the waste management facilities as part of our Society & Environment class. This trip consisted of two locations that together handle all of the trash from Malabo. Generally speaking, Equatoguinean waste is not well managed. The first was the “landfill” on the outskirts of ...

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Christopher Vito: Thanksgiving Dinner

  Since we’re in a country that isn’t America, Thanksgiving is not commonly celebrated here. So we were looking for a way to celebrate this holiday in spite of that, but, needless to say, it wasn’t simple. We considered going to a few different places and ordering a bunch of chicken. We also considered ordering ...

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Christopher Vito: River Walk

Today we walked along a river named Consul in Malabo as a field trip for our Society & Environment class. The reason for this is its pollution. People talk about the Schuylkill and the Hudson and the Potomac being nasty, but this is a COMPLETELY different level. In most parts, the river bank is made ...

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Christopher Vito: The Rainforest at Night

  I figured I’d spend a bit more time describing the animals I’ve run into at night, since nocturnal animals don’t always get as much attention and most of my time in the forest has been spent at night. -Grasshoppers: I’ve seen a pretty incredible variety of grasshoppers or grasshopper-like bugs. I’ve seen some with ...

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Christopher Vito: Hike to Lago Biao

  On Tuesday, we hiked to Lago Biao, the crater lake at Pico Biao, the second highest peak on the island. Pico Biao is the top of one of the island’s extinct volcanoes, and it’s a long, steep hike to the top. We all piled into the bed of a pickup truck owned by one ...

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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 ...