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Response to Comments: Sorry so late

Man, really sorry about not responding but here goes and thanks for commenting.

Snarky, Snarky, Snarky, are you sure that it possibly wasn’t you plaguirizing me. “Shingles”, now can you come up with cutesy names for my Syphilles, Gonorrea, Genital warts. (just kidding, I’m a one STD kind of guy.

Marisa- Sudan just might have been enough stress to kick it off. It also could have been going from the lowest form of travel to the lap of luxury in one hour Sudan-Egypt. It could be I am just plain getting old. My right shoulder is kind of aching a lot too, I think that comes from me being forced to throw curveballs and knucklers when I was like five years old.

Dan- Fresno or Herpes, hmmmmm. thats a hard one. Under two weeks, okay Fresno, more than that, give me back the burn.

Erica- I checked out your blog, very inspiring writing. I’ll have a Strawberry shake in your honor.

Alie-Another artistic website. Maybe we will cross paths in Asia if I can ever cross that stupid line that gets me out of Africa.

Frank- Nice to hear from you, it’s been a long time. I guess we might have crossed paths, maybe in South America. I think you were just ending and I was just starting out. I’ve been keeping up the hunting and fishing spirit as much as I have been able, fishing much more than hunting unfortunately. I checked out your pics, I liked the statue of Bruce Lee. I might get some hints from you later about Japan, Í’m not quite close enough to think about it at the moment though. Just might show up and flick through the phone book and start knocking on doors of families, Nakano.

Linda Ryan-Harper- Good old DRC/Kananga. That was the last stop for the first train I took. From there it went on to Ilebo. I did spend a few days there as it was a long train ride from Lubumbashi. I stayed in a hotel that was right by the train station. All the places there had no facilities as I don’t believe water or electricity were hooked up in that area. In town it was another one of the usual Congo scenarios. There were very big state of the art buildings back in the day, but with all the problems there had been no maintenance so they were basically just patched together shells. We are talking some pretty good size 5-6 story high buildings. It was a main hub so lots of shops and there was even water sporatically shooting up out of the broken water mains. Kananga is in the heart of the diamond mining areas so I got busted for no mining permit but got out of it after paying a fine and being escorted back to the train yard. Thats right, I was stuck there for a week as the train just would never depart. One other issue was that there was no food/restaurants except for one expensive place above a gas station. I didn’t notice that there was a big market place about a kilometer or two out of town which I am guessing where everyone went for the necessities. It was also a base for the UN so there were plenty of UN planes and vehicles rolling about, but they never stopped until they were in their compound. It was probably the third most modern city behind Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. I also got my water out of a dumpster, not a pleasant memory. People wise, the people at the hotel were fairly nice and like usual, “visitors” a relatively new thing. The churches there were pretty crazy with the stamping and yelling. No Tshiluba learned because I was already struggling along with just my French. There always seemed to be someone around who would pop up and knew English. I traveled through the area because one of my “dreams” or at least reasons to go to Africa was to visit the almighty Congo and Congo River as they exempify what most people think when you say Africa. I traveled alone because I am very confident in myself to manage any situation, but with someone else along I have to second guess my actions which are never a good thing. I screw up, I get screwed up, no worries. The government situation is pretty much the same every where outside of Kinshasa. The people are just trying to get through the day with enough food for the kids and a place to lay their head. There is a lot of police and military presence, but it was actually less intimidating as I believe they were just trying to get along as well. In general, I enjoyed my trip through the Congo as an experience only. I wouldn’t go back as there are too many other places that I would want to see first, I wouldn’t recommend it to other people as it is a bit of a sketchy place to go if you don’t know what you are doing and realistically there is not a lot to see. If you have a reason to go there that is a different story. I do however hope the best for the people and hope the Government like most Governments starts to think about whats best for the people and not just themselves and their friends.

Daniel- re: Drafts. The best solution and resolve to the whole thing is to go to Egypt. Air conditioned buses. Simple as that. Now I am a window closer as well. Plus with the window open it makes it harder to listen to the onboard movie. The little stick jammed into the window track so that the window can’t close is my solution to any further places that have the same issue. That or a well placed rock.

Carole Clark- A fan, whoo hoo, I have a fan. Thanks for the inspiring comment. Sorry about the mascara, just tell people your dog just died and to go away. Although, you have joined the group of people that enjoy my misery. I wasn’t making up that stuff about the busses. I’ve got a little bit of baby hair still stuck in one of the zippers on my backpack. “Welcome”, as they say in Egypt, man what a great word to teach as the first word for locals to learn.

Mom- still fine.

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One response to “Response to Comments: Sorry so late”

  1. steve,
    you bastard, the more i read your blog, the more i have the itch to get back on the road.
    when do you plan on isreal? let me know, i have a friend that lives in tel aviv.

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