some bukavu pictures...
I wasn't kidding when I said I could swim to Rwanda. This is the view just down the street from my house.
Bukavu was once the capital of the old Kivu province (which was comprised of modern-day North Kivu, South Kivu, and Maniema provinces). Because of this, there are lots of big administrative buildings. To me it feels much more like a city than Goma. This is the old post office. It's now used as university classrooms and as who knows what else.
This is a university teaching hospital on the west side of Bukavu. It was originally a health center for white colonists only, then fell into disrepair after all the Belgians left after independence. It was rehabilitated a couple of years ago and is now open to all.
This is Bukavu's Cathedral Notre Dame de la Paix (Our Lady of Peace). It's huge, it's on a hill on the central peninsula, and it's in the middle of town. You can't miss it.
In a Texas in Africa dissertation interview first, this subject took my picture. So I took his. He's a provincial government minister for South Kivu.
The ride on the Ihusi vedette, however, was quite comfortable. Films on the flat-screen tv and a snack are included.