What’s your address? This is a common question and before living in Cameroon, I had a specific answer. David & I had a specific street address wherever we lived in the USA and in France. Now the answer is quite different. I can give an address that is equivalent to a P.O. Box for flat mail that gets collected for everyone in our organization, but our home doesn’t have a number on it, we don’t live on a marked street and to explain how to get here one must know several surrounding landmarks.
I remember when we first arrived and were going through orientation, our trainer for living here went over a list of location names we would use for getting around in a taxi. She explained we would say a certain word to get to a certain area of the city. I asked why we would use those specific words when there isn’t anything around with that name. She went on to explain that at one time (1980’s) there was a building with that name on it at that location and so on and so forth. Now I don’t think anything of it and give directions based on landmarks, based on things that stick out (like a big tire in the center of a roundabout) or based on things painted on buildings. So, if you want to know how to get to our home, you first need to know where Mvan is.