I’m 10 days on from returning after the Christmas holidays. These days, travelling home is so expensive and so needed, that such holidays become long breaks, and transition back into the not-always-so-routine of Congo living happens frequently and takes at best a few days.
I was just about over the hump of this process early last week when a moment of awareness almost helped me through. Inconvenient and uncomfortable as life often is here, you can’t help but appreciate the many unexpected conveniences: buying fruit and vegetables from the vendors at the school gate (gate-shopping?); stopping by one of the several cool and gleaming French-style patisseries to pick up fresh bread and pastries on the way home (the driver keeping the motor running while you do so); pausing outside the shop to buy phone credit from another street vendor, or even rolling down the car window in traffic to call him over to you; if the driver’s indisposed, hailing one of the ubiquitous taxis that will take you anywhere in town for just a bit more than one of your British pounds; quick-and-easy cash transactions that keep life ticking along…low-tech life can be so much less stressful.
TIA. This is Africa.
So why didn’t I share this uplifting, life-affirming thought a week ago?
Because I had NO F****ING WIFI! For a week AND A HALF!
That is all.*