As some of you know, Elder Smith and I got locked out of our apartment on our first Saturday because he wanted me to go out onto the wrap-around roof to see some sights. Unfortunately, he closed the sliding doors a little more forcefully than usual & it tripped the lock, which we discovered when we tried to get back in about an hour later. We were keyless and phoneless (but I DID have my camera) and were only rescued from the roof when I saw a UN worker arriving home and called down to her. Luckily, she called a co-worker who just happened to live next door to our upstairs mission couple, the Staggs. The had access to a locked entry to the roof and came and got us after we'd been stranded three hours. The good news is that it was an unusually mild day with a gentle breeze and I got to take a LOT of pictures.
First of all, this is NOT our apartment building. It is a very lovely structure right across the street from us. We are on the 3rd floor of a tall apartment building owned by the US Embassy. It houses mostly U.N. and USAID employees. We have never seen the man who lives across the hall from us because he is fighting in "the east", as they say here... part of the small contingent of US military trying to root out a cruel and vicious rebel leader.
This, on the other hand is a view of the building right next to the pretty one above. Did you think it was being constructed? Au contraire! It, like many buildings in Kinshasa, is being "de-constructed". The city is full of huge construction projects which were discontinued due to lack of funds and left abandoned. In this case, they are actually tearing it down.