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


take the good you take the bad

Some facts of life here in Goma:

1. If you don't want to pay an arm and a leg for something, you have to cross the border into Rwanda. Today Mr. Florida and I went to pick up my FedEx package (it wasn't there) and to get some stuff in the market. But LOOK where we ate lunch - the FedEx agent works out of a video store inside! And do you see that "poulet kentaki" at the bottom of the sign - that would be "Kentucky chicken", the way you ask for it fried around here. Of course, no one is eating chicken anywhere in Africa anymore after bird flu made it to Nigeria. It literally stopped being on the menus the day after the BBC reported it.

2. Changing money on the black market is the only way to not get ripped off. Yesterday was my first ever lifetime black market money exchange, outside the Goma market, with my friend Nicole. Here's a picture of the contraband cash. It's so sketch - you have to stand on the street with these shady guys and talk about exchange rates, then turn around and buy tomatoes from the market women.

3. Sorry, Attorney, there's no "Vache Qui Rit" cheese, but I did get some Rafiki cheese from the local joint. And that is one smiling cow with a pacifier around its neck.


Blogger BT said...

Hi L! Thanks for stopping by, I guess? I'm still a novice at the whole blogging thing (but it's fun isn't it?)-- sounds like you're doing well. After several months in Bolivia, a different world entirely, Argentina does have its perks. Your place looks nice and your work sounds fascinating, so be careful but don't hold back. How long will you be away and what are you doing exactly?


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