New Arrivals to Brazzaville

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 […]

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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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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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Les rapides

As the title suggests, we checked out the rapids on the Congo River this weekend. The Congo River is at a 100-year low right now. The rainy season hasn’t started yet (I haven’t seen rain since early June, it’s a weird feeling!!!) so I imagine it’ll get higher again once it’s starts raining. The rapids […]

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When it comes to exploring the city, I’m very lucky that there are taxis everywhere, and that the price is always the same – 1,000 CFA (about $1.50). Taxi drivers are fairly knowledgable about the city, and I haven’t gotten lost yet (knock on wood), and my lack of French hasn’t been a huge issue. […]

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We made it! We arrived in Brazzaville almost three weeks ago. The day after we arrived, a Chinese fishing trawler off the coast somehow managed to sever the undersea fiber optic cable, which cut the internet out across the entire country. After a couple of days of severe internet withdrawal, the mobile carriers started streaming […]

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