When the war of giants is over, the wars of the pygmies will begin. - Winston Churchill

Layers. The Congo is like a complex piece of fruit, you have to peel back the layers to get to the meaty sweet part. 

The outside peel is bitter, dirty, rutty. Something like 10 million people live in and around the capital, Kinshasa. There is constant gridlock and pollution grays the sky almost everyday. The mighty Congo river is the life force of Kinshasa; supplying all of the imported goods to the DRC from around the world. And while there is a very visible level of western influence and globalization, there is still a very palatable taste of a developing country. 

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Departure Musings

A few days from now, I will be disembarking a plane in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As I have planned for this trip over the last few months, I am constantly asked a series of questions and comments that bear answering. So, folks. Blog numero uno will be answers.

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