September 19, 2005


We went for a lovely ride down to Kisantu to the very Western edge of the country. The drive is about 2 hours, on an amazingly paved road all the way. I felt like Dorothy going on the yellow brick road:

Follow the yellow brick road. Follow brick road. Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road!!! We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of OOooooz!

Sigh. I've sunk low. I think I have a serious case of Movie Withdrawal.

Anyways, we were traveling with an American who was coming back to his beloved Congo after a long hiatus. He marveled at the state of the road, and pointed out various interesting features of the area: "see where the bamboo has been planted to hold the road in? that's where we had to negotiate with a military blockade to get past it. Oh there's another ancient blockade point. This is where we nearly got arrested. This is where 20 trucks got stuck in the road and it took us 3 hours to navigate through all of them to complete the 2 km stretch of road". Lovely indeed. I'm happy to know that the area has improve a bit.

Then we had a two hour lunch with a Congolese buddy of his. His thirteen-year-old son had killed his own chicken in honor of us. I tried to grin and nod appreciatively while trying to hold the meat inside my mouth.

Unfortunately, we were not able to see the famous botanical gardens as we had to pass a military checkpoint between Kisantu and Kinshasa before 6PM. Sigh, little bitty changes.


Beaver said...

Hmmmf ! And that's all I can say...

jean-pierre said...

Do not worry about the "movie withdrawal."

I have lived with few or no films for years, and only got my first television about four years ago, when a buddy foisted one on me, and I accepted only so as not to hurt his feelings.

Your life is becoming richer for your direct experience, and the opportunity to think and use your senses in other ways than gazing at a screen. Take advantage of what you have now.

Do you have enough to read, of what you would most like?

Sahara Sarah said...

Hi girl! Hope you made it to France safely. Tried to call last night around 7pm but didnt get through. Anyhoo, you guys won the AIDS RFA (got most of what you asked for) so congrats.

Kingston Girl said...
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Kingston Girl said...


I've been reading your blog for a while and this is a random question based on a discussion a friend and I were having...

What inspired you to work in the 'developing world', particularly in the field of development?

I have recently moved back from England to Jamaica and work in community development here and someone was quizzing me on my motives... so was wondering what someone else's perspective was from a very different place!

Oh yeah... and if any other of your readers want to reply, that would be great!!!


Black River Eagle said...

I am finally getting around to posting on the Congo again, and there will be more stuff on the DRC and the African Great Lakes region coming in October and November. Perhaps the information in my September 28th posting would be of interest to you and Sarah (007 and Sahara Sarah, you've got mail!). Do visit because I need to see some little red dots show up for the Congo on my new ClusterMaps feature.

The work the two of you have done over the past months on your blogs has been inspirational and I plan to point that out to my readers. I promise to be honest and kind in my commentaries about your work and I may even lighten' up on the French and Germans a bit.

On second thought, why should I?

Ammo said...

Hey Dorothee,
Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you shouldn't update your blog! For shame!

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