Photos, photos, photos and more photos 🙂
Pictures from various visits around Managua, San Juan Del Sur and Jinotega. Enjoy and leave a comment 🙂 Thanks!
Taken in 2021
More DRC photos taken on the road between Kinshasa, Matadi, Kisantu, Muanda in March and April 2021. Enjoy 🙂 On the road between Kinshasa and Muanda, there are trucks, motorbikes, customs officials, police, toll gates. There isn’t much harassment if you’re lucky and don’t upset anyone… Motorbikes on the road Hills on the way to… Continue reading Photos again – March 2021 – Kisantu, Matadi, Muanda
Here’s a bunch of pretty pics 😂
I was able to take a few photographs of Kinshasa from various places without getting harassed. Here they are. I hope you like them! Some are from Chacha, a rooftop bar in Gombe. Others are from Mon Béguin another rooftop bar in Gombe (with a yellow sunset) There’s also a picture of a colourful weird… Continue reading More photos of Kinshasa and surroundings
More photos of Kinshasa during the curfew/Covid… Things haven’t changed much. Just masks, get home before 9pm. Parties start earlier now. Bars and restaurants are changing their hours. No one wants to sit at home.
Photographs from various trips to the DRC, Israel, Nicaragua, South Africa, the UK between 2016 and 2018.
The Democratic Republic of Congo. Wars. Corruption. Power problems. Crazy traffic. Water scarcity. Poverty.
But there are also other things: generous, kind and helpful people, music, art, culture, nature, history and so many more beautiful things that are often overlooked.
One of them will surprise you.
It is the Lubumbashi golf course.
Drone footage of the Kinshasa golf course in 2021
A walk on the Kinshasa golf course
Taken in 2021
Hey! Welcome to another wonderful post of mine! I’ll go through a few insights or information about the holiday resort Gran Pacifica and some pictures of the Cathedral in Leon and the islands of Granada. Gran Pacifica is a golf and beach resort with a beach front with houses and apartments for sale and for… Continue reading Pictures in Nicaragua again 2 – Gran Pacifica, Leon, Granada
I live in Kinshasa but sometimes I leave it. For example, I have now made it to Nicaragua, where I am from on my mother’s side. The trip was long but worthwhile. I am able to see family members I had not seen in many years including my grand mother. I forget sometimes how beautiful… Continue reading Nicaragua
I drove around on a Monday to three popular sites: Zoo lake in Rosebank, the Union buildings and the Voortrekker monument in Pretoria. All of them were eerily quiet. I took these pictures.
La routine machinale et matinale
Going to home affairs in Randburg in South Africa in 2022 for a lost ID
Restaurants and guides to the DRC
Here are a few places I recommend in Kinshasa. You will quickly figure out that there aren’t too many places to go too but some are nice but somewhat overpriced compared to other places in the world! Avoid them when they are crowded! Try to go during office hours or really early. Most can deliver… Continue reading Recommended bars and restaurants in Kinshasa
So you’re in Kinshasa. What can you do outside the city? Here are a few.
There are thousands of non-profits, for-profits, non-governmental organizations, foreign and national programs to help the DRC out of poverty, to end wars, to stop malnutrition or to end corruption (among many other projects). Here is a non-exhaustive list of various NGOs and for-profit projects that are or have done significant work in the country (alphabetically).
Have you seen graffiti in Kinshasa? Don’t think there is? Think again! Here are a few I saw around Kinshasa in Bandal. The artists I met, Chris and Malco, do it out of love for the art and need more fans and supporters. Drive around Kasavubu in Bandal on a Sunday to see these. Have… Continue reading Graffiti tour of Kinshasa
Last weekend, with some friends, L and T, we went to a rainforest biosphere or reserve called Luki near Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We drove from Kinshasa on Saturday morning. We arrived at around 8pm in Mangala/Luki after several calls to find the place. It took us 12-13 hours with an hour… Continue reading Luki rainforest biosphere near Boma
Did you know that Canadians and Congolese love music and are collaborating to make great stuff? If not, please check out this group Moonshine.mu and DJ P2n (Instagram pages)… Continue reading Electro from D. R. Congo, France, Belgium and Canada!
A short history of Congolese (DRC) music with a few classic tracks
Why do I write? I don’t know. I guess I like it. Getting those thoughts on paper. Sharing ideas. Sharing thoughts. Trying to make sense of my life. Trying to write down messy ideas.
This question gets asked a lot when I meet someone new. I have many versions of the answer depending on the person asking, my mood or the immediate environment. I can’t seem to answer the same thing every time. Why is this question important in the first place? Why is it asked? Is my accent… Continue reading “Where are you from?”
I wanted to leave the west so much that I left Canada even before properly finishing my studies. Don’t worry, I finished remotely!
It’s not that I didn’t like it. I enjoyed my studies, my friends and generally liked my life over there. But I wasn’t happy. Or rather, I wasn’t satisfied. I was bored. I disliked the streets, the people (not all!), the lack of urgency and the passivity
Here are some childhood memories from the 90s I still remember that I’m sure many others can relate to and that I hope I’ll never forget.
Sketches from 2021
Everyone calls me Emilio but my full name is Khalid Emilio. It’s Khalid because I’m of Indian descent and also Nicaraguan on my mother’s side. My father, Karim, is an Ismaili and his father (my grandfather), Sultan, came to the Belgian Congo in the 1950s with his brothers Badhur and Sadru. They were among the… Continue reading A short summary of my family’s history in Congo