Sand Bar

Our awesome CLO and Kinshasa’s awesome CLO(s) organized a sand bar trip this weekend. They brought tables, chairs, tent, grill, food, and beach games, the Marines brought drinks for sale, and we met up in the middle of the Congo River on a sand bar island. The water is shallow and relatively safe enough for […]

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Sundowners at Les Rapides

Video of daredevils swimming in the rapids I have already posted about Les Rapides, the little bar/restaurant next to the big rapids by the Djoué bridge, but here is another little post. Since the rainy season has started, the river is a good ten feet higher, and the rapids are more intense. Check out the […]

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Amballo Food (aka Burger Truck)

A couple blocks from our house, there is a food truck called Amballo Food. It opens for dinner only. The truck isn’t actually mobile; it’s always in the same place. There are tables, chairs, and a tent for casual dining. The burgers are delicious. They also serve fries, pizza, and ice cold beer. The burgers […]

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City Snack

Ben and I were able to meet for lunch today, which doesn’t happen very often! It rained a lot yesterday, but today was lovely. It was much cooler, about 80 degrees, low humidity, light breeze, sunny, with big puffy clouds. We tried to go to a noodle place that Ben went to without me awhile […]

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Pain du Sucre

I was recently asked what the best thing about Brazzaville is, like what is a good “selling point” for people considering moving here. I had to actually think for a minute. Living here isn’t easy; the rainy season is destroying the already crappy roads, food is expensive, it can be hot, there are scary bugs […]

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Our neighborhood

We live on a relatively quiet street, just one street over from a major street, and about a block and a half from the big hospital, called CHU (which was closed last week, not a good sign).  Within walking distance there is a pizzeria, pharmacy, dry cleaners, the Chinese embassy, a Total gas station, the […]

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Rainy season

I love weather. I’m a weather nerd. I spend way too much time on weather-related websites, tracking storms on the radar maps and reading about emerging weather patterns.  The hurricanes in the U.S., while awful and devastating, were fascinating to read about. (Check out what Jose Andres is doing in Puerto Rico, by the way. […]

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Crossing the river

Sorry it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted. We went to Connecticut for a wedding, and were gone for a couple of weeks. It was a nice trip! But quite a journey. Flights out of Brazzaville are incredibly expensive. In fact, flights around the entire continent are expensive. An Air France ticket from Brazzaville […]

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Sundays on the corniche

From the Lonely Planet website, Brazzaville’s corniche: “This wonderful modernised embankment is a great place for a stroll, and affords fantastic views over the Congo River to Kinshasa, looming in the distance. La Corniche ends at the massive Pont du 15 août 1960, a brand-new, Chinese-built, cable-stayed bridge connecting central Brazzaville to the presidential palace. […]

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Organic city garden

This week, the embassy’s amazing community liaison officer (CLO) organized a lunch-time walking visit to a small organic farm in the middle of the city. (Seriously we have the best CLO.) I should also mention that I got a job! And the farm was only a few blocks from my office, so the trip made […]

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