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Photos: Republic of Congo

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.”



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-8 Responses to “Photos: Republic of Congo”

  1. snw2srf2stt says:

    Sean and Amarens,

    Great to hear from you. Glad to hear its still “and Amarens.” Didn’t know how she would like Canada. Oh well, I guess it was only fair as you did your tour of duty in Amsterdam.

    So how is real life treating you? As you can tell, I am still in the travel mode, still much better than real life.

    If I ever finish this trip, for my next trip I think I will just go down to the Infectious Disease Office and pick up a couple of vials of exotic diseases and have a wild party at home. It will save a bunch of money on transportation.

    Well, good to hear from you. I should be on the road for a while so we still might run into each other again, however, Canada is definitely out of the question.

    Steve

  2. snw2srf2stt says:

    Hey Robert.

    Yea, I remember you, as number one of two people that I have met whom has run into my site and me.

    Great photos on your site. I think that is the better way to go with good pictures rather than all this writing.

    So how did you like my Colombia. I miss that place. It was good you made it to the Salt Cathedral outside of Bogota because that is one place that I regret not seeing. I actually tried but didn’t know I was supposed to get off the bus and ended up on the other side of the mountain range in a little town called Pachco. It was alright though because a family that adopted a little girl from there didn’t have any pictures of the town so I was able to send them some.

    Anyways, good to hear from you.

    Steve

    Come on over, theres plenty of Africa to go around.

  3. Rachel says:

    Hey Steve,

    I was reading your info about Burundi on Lonely Planet and I was wondering if you would know the answer to a question. Me and a friend will be traveling through Burundi coming from Zambia, and we wanted to try and travel up lake tan. to Bujumbura. Is there any place we could get a transit visa in Bujumbura? Zambia doesn’t have a Burundi embassy so we aren’t positive what to do.

    Thanks for your time
    take it easy!
    rachel

  4. steve says:

    Rachel,

    I don’t have any solid info for you on that one. What might help is that coming from Zambia you can only go as far as Kigoma, Tanzania on the MV Liemba. That adds another visa cost. Those visas are handled on the boat and are not a problem. I would be fairly certain that you can get your visa for Burundi when they get to the port in Bujumbura since there is always a immigration officer stationed at ports of call. They also might offer it if they stop off at the first town when you cross the lake border. I don’t have my map to tell you but its something Du Loc or something like that. A decent size village real close to the land border. Don’t forget to get your stamp out in Kigoma otherwise you will have to go back.

    Sorry nothing concrete, but if you had to, you could always do the land crossing into Burundi. It’s a bit rough but still scenic especially if you are looking for a different view of the lake area.

    I just saw that a guy got his Burundi visa in Kigoma so that will work for you.

    Steve

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