I went to check out the botanical gardens of Kinshasa (Jardin Botanique de Kinshasa) (Google Maps link) today. It is one of the only remaining green spaces in Kinshasa. Some parts were well maintained but others seemed in need of care and a thorough clean-up. I’m guessing the place, run by the ICCN or government… Continue reading Kinshasa botanical garden
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
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.
Maybe you wake up at 6am, have a shower, a coffee, a quick toast and a banana, then you get in your car for 10 to 20 minutes to get to the office. Your commute can arguably be considered as “pleasant” and “straightforward”.
Thoughts on a drive through Kinshasa
So you’re in Kinshasa. What can you do outside the city? Here are a few.
As you may well know, the upmarket borough of Gombe is not like the rest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Locals cheekily call it the Democratic Republic of Gombe It is only in this tiny part of a country the size of Europe that you can think it is a “normal” city or country
Photos, photos, photos and more photos 🙂 Golfer at the Kinshasa golf course New skyscraper seen from the golf course Football player at the Turkish school in Kinshasa Practice greens at the Kinshasa golf course Kinshasa golf course clay tennis courts Congo river speedboat Sunset on the Congo river Huts 🛖 on the Congo river… Continue reading Photos I like
Drone footage of the Kinshasa golf course in 2021
Here’s a bunch of pretty pics 😂 Drops on a bud Budding yellow flower Mint 🍃 Rain 🌧 drops on a yellow flower 🌸 Drops 💧 from a gutter Deflated flamingo and her baby Feathers of an African Grey parrot 🦜 Apple 🍏 pie 🥧 and cream 🥛 Plants after a rain Moringa plant leafs… Continue reading Random photos of rain, plants, flowers and an apple pie
Pink Floyd and 24 Novembre As the hawkers pass by And the motorbikes zip pass As the kids laugh and joke As the taxi drivers say “Lemba Lemba” As the dust flies over your face As the smoke enters your lungs Pink Floyd soothes your ears, heart and mind The Great Gig In The Sky Live at Knebworth 1990
Views of the boulevard and surroundings in Kinshasa
Orages et jazz poème
A walk on the Kinshasa golf course
What is dating like in Kinshasa, where there are expat girls who are only here for a few years or months?
Today I got stopped by the Police while on my motorcycle. They had no uniforms. Motorcycle ride on the main boulevard (Boulevard du 30 Juin) The supposed cop walked up to my motorcycle and just removed the keys. Motorcycles are not allowed in Gombe apparently but they’re everywhere. I am one of the few with… Continue reading Motorcycle adventures in Kinshasa
A description of a typical drive through Kinshasa
Moto taxis in Kinshasa. Love them or hate them, you will never sit in traffic again or you’ll die!
Landing at the Kinshasa airport, an experience I landed in the Kinshasa International or Ndjili airport at 10pm on a Turkish airlines flight on a Sunday night. This is what you can expect.
Did you know that Canadians and Congolese love music and are collaborating to make great stuff? Moonshine.mu If not, please check out this group Moonshine.mu and DJ P2n (Instagram pages) and read the interview : https://www.magazinesocan.ca/features/moonshine-la-lune-de-miel-continue/ https://youtu.be/UKQwnEO3RL8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGxBDptPcTM&ab_channel=Moonshine https://www.instagram.com/p/CPa5UUyH5fd/ Check out Felix Noe as well! The cook of Moonshine.mu (whatever that means!) https://www.instagram.com/p/CP8Qh5KnfbA/ DJ P2N… Continue reading Electro from D. R. Congo, France, Belgium and Canada!