Question: Could I possibly have had a better afternoon?
This was probably one of my favorite days ever in Congo. Church this morning was good, we went to the lunch buffet at Karibu (which was so crazy to be back where I lived last year), lunch led to two interviews for later this week, then T and I went over to her friend A's house. After what is a longer story than would be appropriate to share here, A's ex-boyfriend Christophe came over in his 15-foot American speedboat complete with an awesome sound system and took us all out on the water.
Lake Kivu is a lake, but it's one of Africa's Great Lakes and is more like an inland sea than your average lake at home (think Lake Erie, not Lake Travis). It's about 100 kilometers long and 40 kilometers wide, so there are plenty of places to go. Christophe said, "where to?" and A said, "Away from Goma!," so off we went, way out on the northwestern shoreline of the lake, with amused and astounded people waving to us the whole way. Christophe took us out to see the lava flow from a couple of hundred years ago - it basically created a huge, 150-foot tall peninsula that juts out into the lake. It's been so long that the rocks are completely covered in vegetation now. I wish I'd had my camera along, because it was spectacular. Then we turned back and headed way out into the lake to stop to swim.
It was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nice. It felt like being home for the summer, only instead of bathtub-temperature water like we usually have in Texas lakes this time of year, the water was perfectly cool. We swam a little then slowly cruised back to Goma, watching the late afternoon sun glisten over the lake as the fishermen headed out for their evening catches. Christophe dropped us off, we scrambled over the rocks up to A's dock, and sat on her upstairs porch and watched the sun go down.
It was a perfect afternoon. And that's all I really have to say about that. :)