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The countryside is beautiful, very mountainous region but the roads are in a shocking state. There are numerous potholes, thousands of people on the roads, either walking, riding bicycles, motor cycles or cars and coming from all directions, front back and sides. Then, on top of that, you have to drive on the right hand side. The locals have no concept of danger. They drive at high speed, stop in the middle of the ...
... It was very fundamental, but a good and useful fit for the occasion and the congregation. Including the obligatory translation, I spoke about two hours.
Then we had lunch: a piece of baguette, peanuts, finger-sized bananas, and a Fanta. Perhaps not a balanced diet, but much appreciated, especially the Fanta which is a pretty rare treat. The fellow distributing the Fanta was not experienced in removing bottle caps. He cut his hand opening a ...
... at the border. Here they do the same thing. Grab everyone's passports at once, make us wait, then call us in one by one to answer dumb questions. Stupid. After some confusion with our visas, we both have multiple entry visas good for a year and the guy tried to make us pay, we were on our way. What was thought to be about a six hour trip, was in reality closer to ten. We left Bujumbura about 6:45am and got to Kigoma around 5pm. Ten hours crammed in a dala dala. Ugh. But the ...
... wasn't so nice. On my flight confirmation it read: 10:50 - 22:50. I was like ****! It was going to be a long flight, I wondered why it was going to be so long? Last year it was only around 6 hours. When boarding the plane, there was a problem with starting the engine therefore we were waiting a long time. It was really hot in Brussels, sat on a boiling hot plane, with no air con, it was crazy!
For the second time, the plane ...
... that people don’t know the time; they almost all have either a cell phone or access to one. But these people live in time with the seasons. They don’t work by the clock, and don’t schedule things very tightly. They have time, so there’s no rush; they start when most everyone gets there.
I do gently and continually encourage timeliness among our brethren here, but one can’t change an ancient culture very quickly ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet