Monthly Archives: June 2011

“Excuse me while I pee…”

“Hey! Where are you from?” Three AM, some random Berlin club and I’m standing in the bathroom stall about to close the door when a hand snaps in and prevents me from shutting it. “Um…America.” “You here with friends?” “Yeah, … Continue reading

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Return to the “Big Bad City”

Jolted awake, my first thoughts were, “OH MY GOD I’M GOING TO DIE.” This quickly changed to relief when I peered out the window and realized the plane was only landing at another city before reaching Kinshasa. Earlier that morning … Continue reading

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Back To Kinshasa Part II: Chicken eggs, thunderstorms and village children

Children ran naked in puddles as the rain bore down and turned the dirt roads into rivers. Hit by a sudden thunderstorm, my two drivers and I watching forlornly as the motorbikes (and my bags!) were getting soaked through. Beneath … Continue reading

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Whirlwind Journey Back to Kinshasa Part I: You Have to Go…Now

Mash-room, Mash-room, Mash-room, the teenage boys accompanying me on my last Sunday walk on May 22nd to Ndele were chanting this new word incessantly. I had shown off earlier, pointing to a bright red fruit one was eating and said … Continue reading

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