If you drive north out of Brazzaville on the N2, through Mpila, the first town you reach is Kintele. It’s about a 30 minute drive on a nice highway from downtown Brazzaville. Kintele is the site of the large soccer stadium and sports complex built for the 2015 All Africa Games. There is an aquatic […]Read more "Swimming in Kintele"
It’s so nice to be back in Brazzaville! The weather isn’t very hot yet, and it just started raining. This first rainy season is quite nice–the rains are heavy at times, but the violent thunderstorms don’t arrive until the early spring. Interestingly, last summer I was told that the river was at a 100-year low […]Read more "New Arrivals to Brazzaville"
Brazzaville welcomed a new restaurant in April: Brazza Burger! It’s the primary topic of conversation among expats. It’s an affordable, clean, uniquely decorated burger joint with good burgers, great fries, milkshakes, chicken fingers, sodas, and ever beer. The best part: every order is delivered to your table within 10 minutes, something previously inconceivable for Brazzaville! […]Read more "Brazza Burger"
I joined a local group here in Brazzaville called Brazza Accueil, which arranges activities for expats and has an excellent email alert system for upcoming events and things like restaurant specials. Last week, the group was invited to the Russian Cultural Center for a special presentation by the Aka tribe, which is an indigenous tribe […]Read more "Aka – Indigenous tribe of Congo"
We have experienced some fantastic lightning storms in the past week or so. Still not a ton of rain–nothing like the fall rainy season–but some very impressive lightning. It seems as though a giant storm either hits us or nearly misses us every day. The near misses are nice: the temperature falls, the breezes pick […]Read more "Exploring Brazzaville, continued"
One of my favorite restaurants in Brazzaville in D&D, run by incredibly friendly Belgians, located in centre ville. I think it’s relatively new–it’s been open as long as we’ve been here, but maybe not much more than a year. It’s very chic, with trendy decor. The food is mostly small plates, with a rotating menu […]Read more "D&D"
The month of March has flown by very quickly for me. I’ve spent what seems like an inordinate amount of time planning upcoming travel, booking flights, and searching for Airbnbs. Lily and I are going to Myanmar in April, Ben is going to Rwanda in April, all three of us are are going to Pointe […]Read more "Exploring Brazzaville"
We spent a month in the U.S. (and France) as a family, and then I stayed in the U.S. for two weeks longer because my mother, who was already very sick, was in dire health. It was good I stayed instead of coming back to Congo and then going back to Michigan; she passed away […]Read more "Cooking in Brazzaville"
When I was invited to go on a girls’ trip to Morocco with some other expats living in Brazzaville, I accepted immediately! There is a direct flight (with a quick stop in Pointe Noire) to Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc. I ended up going for a full week, thank you Ben and Lily for your […]Read more "Brazzaville -> Casablanca"
We joined the tennis club a couple months ago. It’s very French: clay courts, no other American members, everyone speaks French, etc etc. We love it! They have a beautiful pool and baby pool. There is an enormous playground, probably the nicest and biggest one in Brazzaville (with the exception of Fantasia, I suppose). They […]Read more "Tennis Club Brazzaville"