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

3.28.2006

you make me feel like a river

So I finally got to really see the Congo River, which is, sadly, a lifetime dream. John drove me out to what he called a "township" to a place just by the water. We could see the rapids that make navigation from the Atlantic to Kinshasa impossible. And all the space where you see rocks and grass is covered by the river during the high season, which is November.






If you look closely at the right side of this picture, you can see the wreck of a boat that tried to pass. It's just a metal shell now.






Check out those rapids - this would be AWESOME to raft if someone would set it up. And could guarantee that political stability wouldn't mean you risked your life in more ways than one.


On the other side of the two islands, you can see Congo-Brazzaville. John pointed out that there has never been a bridge between the countries, because their leaders don't trust each other. It's hard to blame them - Brazzaville has coups so regularly you could almost set a clock. But it's also silly, as you have two major capital cities sitting a mile across the river from one another with no easy access between the two.

Come to think, is there anywhere else in the world that two capitals are this close together?

1 Comments:

Blogger mark said...

i really like the second picture with the people in the boat. they really put into perspective the size of the river. big!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 8:51:00 AM

 

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