The 232nd anniversary of America’s independence was celebrated by the Himalayan Institute staff in Cameroon with bean burgers and sparklers from Yaoundé. In what was certainly the start of a long and prosperous tradition, we lit the sparklers and waved them about patriotically. As the last of the sparks fell softly, we sighed collectively, thinking of our loved ones at home and the fiery, celestial displays to begin five hours later on the other side of the world.