WWF Compound Bangui, CAR

Trip Start Jan 22, 2008
Trip End Nov 27, 2008

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

So we are staying at the WWF Compound here in Bangui. It is walled off with barbed wire and a guard at all times so I feel pretty safe. The first day we were here we had a small room (12x12 approx) with a king size bed, an amour, desk, and bench. It had an A/C, which was nice, but the room was pretty small for the 4 of us. Today the boss, Yarasim, here moved us to a room with a living area, private bath, and large bedroom that is connected to the kitchen. These are very posh accommodations indeed. There is no hot water and the water pressure in the bathroom makes a water fountain look like a fire hose, but overall it is pretty nice.

I don't have any photos from around Bangui because that is not something you would want to do at all. It's interesting getting around. There are some traffic signals but they are completely ignored. There are no sides to the roads meaning that your taxi driver will fit his car anywhere he can. The horn is in almost constant use and I am absolutely astonished that I haven't even seen a wreck yet. It makes me wonder how we have so many wrecks in the states given how well our traffic is controlled. There are lots of street vendors selling anything and everything imaginable from paintings, children's clothing, food, you name it. You can get most anything you want for a price. A box of corn flakes at the super market costs $6.00 and along with groceries you can buy a car, a fake Macintosh (markintosh), furniture, you name it. Everything is run down and dirty with trash all over the place mixed in with ads for cell phones. It's pretty surreal overall.

The weather is very nice. It gets down to upper 60's at night and there is always a nice breeze so the temperature never feels bad at all. You really don't need an air conditioner here at all, at least not that I've experienced so far we will see once the humidity starts to rise.

The kids are doing just fine. It's a bit of a challenge trying to keep them clean but they seem to be enjoying themselves.

We will be leaving here next Thursday to go to Bayanga. We think that we have a truck arranged and we are getting all the final supplies we need that we can't get there so the days are busy. Will give an update when I can!
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