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.