View from the 11th floor of Grand Hotel Kinshasa. According to one of my colleagues who lives in the DRC for 8 years, the large building (all encased in colored glass) in the back used to be the Central Bank. He would exchange stacks of bills there. According to lore, the windows did not open, and when there was an electricity shortage (as it happens often here), the interior would heat up like a greenhouse, and it would be get to an unbareable 120 degrees. You'll notice that huge windows have been "punched" out in the building now, probably as a way to regulate the heat. It gives it an eerie ghost-like glow... I'm curious to know how they deal with the heavy rains during the rain season though.
Another view from the hotel, watching the rain clouds roll in.
Turbo King, a beer made in Congo. I particular enjoy the dramatic lion, with arms tensely resting on the logo, ready to pounce at the person drinking it.
Being part French, you may be surprised that this is one of the rare times I tried snails and frogs legs. I don't know what I liked best about the snails: the butter and garlic sauce, or the cool 6-holed dish they came in. The frogs legs were super yummy - too bad it's such much work for so little meat!