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Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Photos of Brazzaville:
View of Kinshasa from Brazzaville over the Congo River Brazzaville (1).JPG
Kinshasa over the Congo River taken from Brazzaville.

Central Brazzaville
Central Brazzaville.

Bullet riddled building
This was the first place where I have seen real distinctive battle scars. If you look closely at this building you can see all the bullet holes. There were buildings like this all over the capital city but heavily around the city center. One of the most disturbing areas was around the train station where they had fences made of 3/4 inch square piping set about every eight inches. There were so many holes in that fencing that you could hardly imagine how many bullets must have been flying and how many bullets went through. A better visual would be power lines being all shot up, if a lot hit the this wire, think how many went around it. There were also many mortar holes throughout the buildings. Pretty sketchy stuff and this went on in Kinshasa only a month ago.

View of Poto Poto
View out of my bathroom of Poto Poto where I stayed.

Packing them into the train.
This is as we were getting ready to leave. As you can see in the seat in front of me that you can get unlucky and end up with a big black man on your lap. Actually, I’m not going to complain as a big black man probably prevented me from getting killed by those coward “Ninja” bastards.

Abandoned.
This is a bad photo from the front of the train, notice what is missing, the engine. They just left us there for six hours. Incredible.

Pristine jungle.
Unspoiled, pristine, what made it all worth while, well, that and the kids.

Break down number two.
12 kilometers outside one of the main stops. It really sucked for those that just got on. Another five hours wasted. This is also where the sniffles and sneezing came. Wouldn’t you have guessed allergies.

River land
My favorite area in all of the Congo. It was about five hours before Pointe-Noire. The area is mountainous, covered in jungle, and had rivers and falls all over the place. It reminded me of Dominica. What made it really special was that the rivers ran clear which was very different than the other rivers of the Congo. Fresh pure water.

Malaria.
Malaria. “Damn it, someone stole the table again.”

Maps of DRC Congo and Republic of Congo

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Kananga, DRC Ilebo, DRC Dibaya, DRC Kitwit, DRC Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Immigration stamps
Immigration stamps.

Places to stay Kinshasa (old info LP)

Rwanda my saviour.

Friday, January 26th, 2007
I ended up missing all the buses and transport to Kigali, but because of a nice kid who helped me out in trying to get a bus and to finally find a cheap room $4US (yea baby) I ended up ... [Continue reading this entry]

Goodbye Congo, its been fun (not really), more like an experience.

Friday, January 26th, 2007
After making a run down to the airport to get a ticket to fly me the hell out of Kinshasa and to Goma on the eastern border, I had some down time to eat some street food, i was feeling ... [Continue reading this entry]

Ninjas in the Congo don’t like me.

Friday, January 26th, 2007
My first day in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo (French influenced versus DRC with Belgium influence,) started out a little on the wrong/expensive foot. My plans were to use the Congo as an escape route and a sanctuary because of ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kinshasa and God.

Friday, January 26th, 2007
Two days and two nights in a Land Cruiser with heavy duty Christians. I guess that should be two days and nights for some Christians with Steve. I'm not a big religious fanatic and I believe that it ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kitwit, the straw that broke the camel’s (my) back.

Thursday, January 25th, 2007
I get dropped off at the center of town in front of the hotel my traveling buddy recommended as a cheap place. $35-100US for rooms, idiot. I was through with that guy and didn't care if we met ... [Continue reading this entry]

3 hours Congo time = day and a half.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
What do you get when you go on a 3 hour drive in a Toyota Landcruiser stuffed with fourteen people? 14 people stuck in the middle of the road in a broken down Landcruiser for a day and a half. We ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sore ass escape.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
Bright and early I was back to the moto guys house fully expecting to wait four or five hours to be told that he couldn't take us. Surprisingly, after only two hours of waiting which including mooching a breakfast, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Stuck in Dibaya “Happy New Year!!!”

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
We arrived on the morning of the 31st, so we ran into a problem. Being Bonne Annee or Happy New Year, the transport guys were not working. We got up thanked the chief, and headed into the village ... [Continue reading this entry]