|On the way to the airport, we passed one of many Army tents housing soldiers.|
They are there to surround the neighborhood of a leading political opponent in house arrest.
|Notice how close this rail car is to the homes. The track is just a few feet away.|
|Again, you can see the track right next to dwellings.|
|This is what it looks like in between train passings.|
They sell wares ON the tracks and quickly pull them off when the train comes.
|It seems impossible for this highway to be paved before the deadline Kabila has set.|
|Sharing the road or even passing one of these hauls of super-big logs is scary.|
|A pretty but rare pink Congolese dress, |
This picture also demonstrates the miles & miles of dust we saw.
Some of the people tried to cover their faces, but most just breathed it in.
|The current construction is in the middle of the two-way traffic.|
We could NOT figure out why these two guys were blowing TOWARD the passing cars.
|Most of the hard labor is done by the Congolese. The Chinese supervise.|
|The Chinese got the bid to do this highway with the promise that Congolese would get top jobs|
|Both funerals & weddings are often set up right along the highway.|
You can see the casket in the far left.
|A large, modern looking Muslim mosque.|
|First view of the airport since the night we arrived in February.|
|A Muslim man who bought a cigarette, was arguing with them about something.|
|Entrance to the airport. In daylight, it is not ominous.|
But, on the night we arrived at 9pm, it was dark, dirty & scary.
|This nicely dressed lady came to buy a soft drink.|
|It never fails. I can ALWAYS give you a "Pajama of the Week".|
This man's outfit was quite fancy...silky and embossed.
|Soon after landing, I spotted my first African elephant... OK, it was in the terminal, but how cute is it!|
|The lights of city were still visible as the sunrise began our first day in Johannesburg.|
We had no idea of the great adventures, wonderful people and fun we would have in the days ahead!
(to be continued...)