|Always nice to know that the UN is here to keep things under control.|
Oh wait, the fighting is in the EASTERN part of the DRC!
But, as you can see, we have a lonely sentry on duty in case of attack.
This is the turn off of Trente Juin Blvd. that we take to go to Church.
On the day of the explosions, they had THREE armed men squeezed in each of the three sentry boxes.
Boy! That really made us feel safer!
|Walking in front of the UN barracks, this woman has a beautiful dress.|
It is made with a lovely shiny material and ornate gold trim.
|And, alongside the UN, we have a nice looking man with... a pink shirt.|
|Occasionally, you see someone in Muslim clothing.|
|Some of our "Congolese-Can -Sleep-Anywhere" pictures have been innocent and funny.|
This may not fall into that category because the guy was inches away from crazy, speeding traffic.
|But, THIS is funny! We often see men in what can only be described as pajamas.|
|We may have found the place where they breed blue plastic chairs... a ubiquitous Congo sight.|
|Another picture of some beautiful women in their beautiful dresses.|
Unfortunately, my little camera does NOT capture the details of design& the sheen of fabric.
For instance, the dress of the sister in the middle had a beautiful copper & red glow.
|Can you tell that these palms are flat?|
They are the national symbol of Madagascar, but are found here, too.
They are called "Traveler's Palm"
|For safety reasons, I will not divulge the location of these locks.|
But they are on a brand new "high security" vault-door.
|Sheques turned Street Sweepers... |
An idea that resulted in a civic award for the woman who thought of it.
I guess in this case it kept the delinquents ON the streets.
|This is how eggs are sold in the store.|
It's up to you to figure out how to get them safely transported home.
|I call this the "Happy Bus". It is a Chinese TATA, which is popular here.|
It stands out because 1) It is NEW 2) It is BRIGHT 3) It is CLEAN and 4) It is UNDAMAGED.
|Names are sometimes interesting.|
If it's completed, can it still be "future"?
|Sometimes, the PEOPLE themselves name a structure..|
This is "The Tower With No Purpose"
It's actually a communication tower.
|This is how my permanent press clothes came out with my little washer/dryer combo.|
(Well, that is, the ones that even SURVIVED.)
Can you see why I'm so excited to have a new dryer?
|A small problem here... |
On the plaza traffic circle outside our apartment, this truck's wheel fell off.
Several hours later, at rush hour, they were finally able to get a tire and fix it.
|Have we shown you the alternative to a CGO (Congo) license?|
I'd think even prisoners could do better than this.
|Caution! Beware of pride!|
I bought this after "bargaining" with a street vendor outside of NiceCream
and was so proud of my ability to get him down to a good price.
Funny... it LOOKED straight when he was holding it?
|Elder and Sister Billings are going to have the graduation|
for their first class of Construction Training students this week.
She asked us if we could each bake 3 dozen cookies.
My cookie-making attempt a couple weeks ago looked like this,
with only the 2nd two dozen turning out.
It must have been the humidity!
|Pay attention boys and girls. This is what you use to plug in your American products.|
Unless you like to eat fried appliances.
|A Congolese version of "The Happy Bus".|
You do what you CAN with what you've GOT.
|The Catholic Church/School clock tower and the U.N. Administration Bldg., |
bristling w/ all kinds of roof-top communications paraphernalia.
This view is from our wrap-around roof.
|Can't remember if I've posted my one and only (so far) African painting.|
I got it on the first trip to Thieve's Market and love it.
It reminds me of the jungle at the Bonobo Primate Preserve.
|The statue out front of the Kinshasa Water Department.|
On most days, the water from the faucet doesn't work.
|Now, here's a man who is not afraid to go against the trend.|
No pink shirt, he!
|This is me... or the top of my head... which is all I can see in the bathroom cabinet mirror.|
Why are these things always built by seven foot giants?
|This was featured in last week's blog... I can now tell you that this is a steal at $850 USD.|