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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Different Nsima, rice, and beef stew, Nsima and banana.  Peanuts, Pineapple, and Nshima Yum, Yum, Monkey and rice
My main food groups while traveling through the Congo. Want to lose weight, follow that diet.

Oh, for those that want to make Monkey stew.

First. Buy one of the sun dried monkeys. They are gutted, and then tied to a cross just like Jesus was. They are then laid out in the sun for a week or so. The expressions on their faces is not joy. Not peaceful like Jesus either. More like, “Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you.”
Second. Build a small fire.
Third. Break up the dried monkey into pot sized pieces. It is thoroughly dried so it breaks off like dried kindling.
Fourth. Throw the chunks of monkey onto the fire turning constantly to burn off all the hair.
Fifth. Put some water in a pot and put the charred monkey chunks into the water. This reconstitutes the meat.
Sixth. In another pot put tomatoes, peppers, onions, peanut oil and a small can of tomato paste.
Seventh. Combine the two pots and simmer for two hours.
Eighth. Serve with rice or NsimaEat and enjoy.

LUBUMBASHI TO KANANGA BY TRAIN.
Waiting at the station. My bed for the next four days. The South is heavy into mining. Villagers selling their goods. The train through beautiful scenery. One of the other train stations. I slept with one eye open with her below me. My new best friend. Smiley.  Smiled and joked the whole journey except for when I took his picture.  Tough guy. My students. The kids were the best part of the trip.  Super hilarious. Pineapples, 20 cents.  Now thats a bargain.
Just click on the picture for a description.

PHOTOS OF KANANGA.

Kananga city center The train station. The dumpster where I bathed from.

TRAIN FROM KANANGA TO ILEBO.

People and the jungle taking back the tracks. I'm getting a bit scruffy, just like the train was getting. Half my roommates. The young Bill Cosby.  The kid was hilarious.  Kids are kids no matter where you are. Some scenery.  Bring me a machete, I'm going Congo. The train and the lush vegetation.  It wasn't all dark and scary jungle. I survived.  Dirty, stinky, and I need a haircut/shave.  No more trains wahooooo!!!!  So, I thought.

PHOTOS OF ILEBO.
Photo from my balcony.  I stayed at what must have been a beautiful colonial type hotel. One of the big Ferry boats that transport people and freight up and down the Congo rivers.  Floating cities.

ILEBO TO DIBAYA BY BOAT.

The locals port where we left from. The destroyed canopy on the back of the boat when the captain got pissed off and started ramming trees. Petrol or Fast boat as they were called.  Kind of like a PT Boat.  They are actually "pusher" boats that are tied to barges. Real river travel.  Motor not included but seems a lot more down to earth. Gotta have one sunset shot.  The Sun Over the Kasai. Just a real nice kid who I told I would make famous.  As famous as my website is at least. Where I spent New Years.  Dibaya.

DIBAYA TO IDIOFA BY MOTO.

He got the helmet, gloves, glasses, and jacket.  I got a broken foot peg and a sore ass.  Nice.

IDIOFA TO KITWIT BY LAND ROVER.

The usual breakdown.  How many Congolese does it take to fix an oil line?  From 3 hours to 24.  SUUUUCKKKKSSSS. Kitwit is not a modern town like my sketchy friend had promised.  But, maybe for the Congo it is.

IMMIGRATION FUN.

Immigration fun.
Here is a taste of what I had to go through every town that I stopped at. These would usually last half the day as it was repeated throughout the day at Immigration, Immigration Chief, Police station, Police Chief, Military station, Military Chief, and every uniformed officer on the street. “Steven Nakano??? That is not American. You are Cheena.” “Uhhhhh. Okay. Can I go now?”

Scabies.  You pay $1.20 for a room, you share a bed and are the free meal.
For those that wallow in my pain. These were a bunch of scabies “I think”, that I got from a veeeery cheap hotel. The bumps would shrink and then pop up a little section away for a few days until I soaked them in Raid. Whatever it was they went away.

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)

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]

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]

Boat life Congo Style.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
And were a writing. I will get caught up if it kills me. It donned on me that I still have a bunch of photos to upload and they will tell a better story than I can by ... [Continue reading this entry]

Ilebo, DRC: River life

Saturday, January 20th, 2007
Ending up in Ilebo, the deepest to the central of Congo that I was going and the end of trains made it a somewhat joyous place, but also somewhat daunting as I was now in the middle of the Congo ... [Continue reading this entry]