Villa Madiba Hotel

Pointe Noire, Congo | Hotel

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A travel blog entry by erin_smolders


... until now been living in a lovely little place known as denial. It is a particularly comfortable, if not unproductive place to live and I have been quite content to make like an osterage and stick my head in the sand. But now, being jolted back into reality I am forced to face my future and reflect on the amazing experience that has been the Congo. We have already farewelled our amazing day crew who have been vital to the work we have done in ...


A travel blog entry by erin_smolders


... blessing of being here. My time here has brought about many changes in my life and it has left me wondering where my path will lead to next. What will my future look like? Life seems to be filled with so many possibilities. But as much as I reflect on my past and anticipate my future I am also living in the cherished moments of each new day. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert ...

A "normal" day in Pointe Noire

A travel blog entry by erin_smolders


... not only the activity but also the concept of snow. The highlight of the Winter Olympics for me was watching the ice dancing with a few of the young girls I was caring for when we all got up and began to imitate the moves they saw on tv. We danced together on the ward until it was time for bed. Smiles on everyone's faces. The presidential visit. Having the president of the country come to your home for a visit is a very big deal. So when we found out that the ...

Seasons Greetings

A travel blog entry by erin_smolders


... port. I lay on my deck chair and enjoy the green grass, clean pool water and the almost quiet sounds of the hotel courtyard. It doesn't hurt that the French navy has come into port for the week and several of their officers are staying in the hotel for their R&R. It adds to the pleasing atmosphere of the hotel ;) There is time for a little adventure as well. A drive out to 'The Gorge' is a must. It offers a challenging but enjoyable bush walk and a clean beach to ...

All aboard

A travel blog entry by erin_smolders


... to be involved with and I can see visits to these centres are going to become a regular part of my routine. Following my 'hard' day I was grateful for a few good days. Moments where a sick paediatric patient is admitted to the ward and everyone looks at me to take control stand out as a highlight. It felt so good, especially considering that the child was not was unwell as we first believed. But I was in my comfort zone for the first time since arriving and it ...

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