Listen: Africa, Cameroon, Francis. discussed on This Week in Travel
"Francis. Did she know that she was being tested. You know? I don't I've never said explicitly that way. But I guess she probably, you know, I guess we're all being tested when we're dating people. Right. Yes question. I have tests. Come after you, get married. Those don't know Francis is also fluently speaks French. Right. Your I think your parents your mother was French or something father was French my mom is from Chile. So I got a the Spanish French fluent and also have three passports. Lucky Cameroon, the two national languages are English and French so. Did you initially talk to rejoice in English or French? That's good question. She spent half of her life in the Boko haram region, the northeast corner of Nigeria Borno state, and so she actually spoke English slightly better than her French. So she speaks five languages three of them are African and but she and I about speak eighty percent of the time in English about twenty percent of the time in French, we use speak, more French. But now that she's in America, we somehow, unfortunately, default English too often. I would like to speak more French with her 'cause otherwise we're gonna kind of lose it. But yeah, that's our thing. And also the van is I had was. Portuguese fairly well. And so I could get by in almost everywhere in the sub Saharan because there's five Portuguese-Speaking countries in Africa about half of Africa speaks French and about maybe twenty or so countries, speak, our anglophone, English speaking. So when I spent three and a half years in eastern Europe, I was lost most of the time. So even though the infrastructure is great. It was kind of. Difficult to get by because I couldn't speak any of the Slavic tongues in the other languages in eastern Europe. But in in Africa, I was it was so nice. And by the way, do you know that there's one country that speaks Spanish in Africa? It's there. Equatorial Guinea, bingo. I knew that. So how much did your wife travel before she met you not much as she had gone to Nigeria and she had traveled to Cameroon and Chad little bit. So just in her region. She's right near the Lake Chad region. So that's northern Cameroon and at whole zone there. She kind of moved around in a lot, but to travel farther than that, you really have to have a lot of money and she didn't. So she became an orphan at the age of fourteen. So her father died when she was nine and her mother died when she was fourteen so I just following you on Facebook. I know she's been to a lot of places now. Went up to northern Africa Europe. Now, she in the US. So what's it been like kind of, you know, seeing these places through her eyes from someone who you know, you had never been to Africa before she had never been outside of Africa before what what what's been her impression of things. What's her impression of the US? She loves it is just she's overwhelmed by in Africa. He always had time. She played her little games on her. What's called domination or little games on her phone, and she would watch movies and Africa? Even though we're telling she'd been to thirty one African countries with me, she went to about five year opean countries, and she went about seventeen US states because we took Amtrak across America. So if you want to count those visiting Jesse went through your neck of the woods there in Minnesota in the north there. But her impression of America is just she loves it. She's just. Overwhelmed by how busy everybody is including herself. And how she she's just caught up with this whole speed Goco. Go time is money.."