"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


pretty soon we learn to fly

This is what it looks like when there is a volcano blowing smoke in your backyard. I took this picture outside the gates of my apartment. Yikes!

Yesterday it rained, but then the sun came out and the normally hazy air over Goma was much clearer than normal - you could see the volcano, all the surrounding mountains, and the tiny little islands that are all over the lake. It was really beautiful. Until I realized that those weren't clouds. This place is beyond belief sometimes - on top of a nasty war, bad and non-existent government, and extremes of poverty and wealth, there's the constant threat of a catastrophic natural disaster - many observers expect Goma to one day be wiped off the map by the gases that will be released the next time the tectonic plates shift.

Speaking of natural disasters waiting to happen, Santino has a blog!


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