Proficiency article about an adventurous experience.
THREE WEEKS FIGHTING THE JUNGLE
Spending a few weeks in the wilds of an African country is an experience many would die for. Through the daily programmed documentaries, some might have over-romanticized. Some may have even pictured themselves venturing into the tangled vegetation, explorer hat included. Well, as always, reality exceeds fiction.
When I first stepped foot on jungle soil in Cameroon, I shamefully ignored the overwhelming tropical beauty surrounding me. A harrowingly dangerous, never-ending jeep drive of three hours on the only dirt road crossing the rainforest had just finished. Little did I know that I should only be grateful. In days of heavy rain, paths are left simply impassable, and its consequences endure for long periods of time. No mean of transport is freed from mishaps: tyres either get stick in the mud or end up falling in the verge. On foot, pathways are too flooded to encourage a sensible enough mortal to continue. Needless to say, both electricity and water supply grids are simply non-existent. At this point, one can easily imagine how creative washing, cooking or even working customs can get in the wilderness of Africa.
However, it is equally true that never before had I caught sight of an entirely unspoiled environment; and could not get enough of passing by a broad variety of exotic fruit trees or watching the sunset in the company of a camouflaged salamander. Surprisingly enough, one learns to live the moment without obsessively making future plans. Indeed, you couldn’t even master to know tomorrow day’s weather!
Long story short, while living in the jungle, you are often driven to extreme situations. Undoubtedly, your patience along with physical and psychological resistance are seriously tested, only to end up amazed by human’s capacity of survival and adaptability and wondering, why a like-no-other peace of mind was found in the middle of that simplicity and impotence. Willing to take the risk?