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Au revoir, Kinshasa (for now…)

September 20, 2011

For better or for worse, we are officially moved out of Kinshasa… for now.

Bags packed, car sold and good-byes said, we danced our way to the door of Ibiza Bar late last Friday night and onto our plane the next morning.

With my fellowship over last week, and Jamie’s contract up last month, we are in the midst of job searching for our next professional adventures.  We’re planning on spending at least one more year on international work before moving back to the U.S., and we’ve both gotten some interesting leads so far (back to DRC?  Ethiopia?  Haiti?  Kenya?  Iraq? – Ha ha, just kidding, mom.  We won’t go to Iraq… probably).

We’ll keep you posted on where we’ll be going next, as soon as we know ourselves.  Hopefully, it will be a more visitor-friendly location, so you all will be required to come visit.  Or else.

For now, we are enjoying our between-jobs funemployment on vacation in Tanzania and Zanzibar with my family (safari: check. cultural tour: check. beaches and scuba: scheduled starting tomorrow), before we head off to Cape Town, South Africa for a little more vacation, a little more job-hunting, and an awesome international conference for me (more on that in a later post…).

We are hoping to be making a trip back to CA in November or December, though exact dates will depend on the results of our job-hunting.  So, those of you at home, keep those months completely free in order to hang out with us every waking moment.

I still have a bunch of Congo-related posts that I am hoping to share on the blog in the coming weeks, but as our (maybe) final good-bye to this crazy place, our home for the past year, Jamie and I have put together some favorite photos from past few months.

Hiking Mont Cristal in Kimpese

Organized by an NGO working on agriculture/food security programs, we participated in a weekend-long, 30km (18 mile) hike starting in Kimpese in Bas Congo, up Mont Cristal and across the plateau to a village where we feasted and spent the night in tents.  We got a ride back down to our starting point the next morning just in time for a detour swim under a waterfall and a local product fair.
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Hike to Mont Cristal, Kimpese, DRC, posted with vodpod

Road Trip to the Coast (Muanda)

For our extra long weekend at the beginning of July, me, Jamie and our friend Isabelle road-tripped it to the 20 short miles of Congo’s Atlantic coastline.  The trip took us about 14 hours of driving each way, but we passed through some of Bas Congo’s historic port cities and plenty of sweet villages over-flowing with fruits and veggies, finally arriving at a beautiful stretch of beach in Muanda, near the mouth of the might Congo River.

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Road Trip to Muanda, DRC, posted with vodpod

Safari in Kenya – Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru

In August, I had a training in Arusha, Tanzania, which we happily combined with a week-long vacation in Kenya.  We had our first safari ever in the amazing Maasai Mara National Park and Lake Nakuru, which happened to coincide with the annual wildebeest migration across the grassy plains.

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Safari in Maasai Mara and Lake Nukuru, Kenya, posted with vodpod
One Comment leave one →
  1. Aunt Melodee permalink
    September 21, 2011 5:57 am

    Awesome photos, as usual. So did Jamie get a retroactive discount ;-)? Love you both, say hi to the fam, tell them the “boys” are doing fine. See you soon!

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