Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Six-hour pizza

I host TCRS guests at my house. The lovely lady in the picture is Heather, a Canadian PhD student, who visited me with translator Bacilious in December. Heather was my first pizza buddy.

Heather chopping veggies for the pizza toppings.

A view of the kitchen. We didn't have any water that day and had to haul it in buckets. The red bucket in the left-hand corner is one of two buckets we used to haul water. The pot on the stove is what we used to boil water. And we used the plastic bins in the sink to save our dishwater so we could reuse it to flush the toilets. As you can tell, the kitchen was a bit of a disaster, but everything turned out okay.

Two of our four pizzas. We baked the pies on pot lids ;-)
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The Hill Top

These photos were taken at the Hill Top Hotel. We went there to swim in the pool and eat at the resturant.

View from the pool at the Hill Top.

The Hill Top dining room--it was a beautiful no-rice meal ;-) Though I do like rice, it was nice to eat something different.
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Dr. Livingston…

About 4 miles outside of Kigoma Town sits Ujiji. This little village is known as the place where Stanley met Dr. Livingston under the mango tree. Since we were so close to this famous site, we took a morning to travel to Ujiji to see it. At the Livingston compound there is a concrete block monument that marks where the original mango tree stood, two mango trees descended from the original, and a small museum.

Children who live near the museum—they are used to posing for photos ;-)

One of the two mangos descended from the original tree and Sarah, my friend from the IRC.

Michael, another PiAf fellow, and I pose in front of the monument.
Michael, the museum guide, and I pose for a picture with paper mache replicas of Stanley and Livingston.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ;-) It was great to be home for the holidays and to see so many family members and friends!

Right now I am spending most of my time in the office, so I do not have recent photos to post. I do, however, have old photos and the next several posts will contain these old photos.

At the beginning of December two frinds and I traveled to Kigoma, a town on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world. Here are a few shots from our hotel, The Aqua Lodge.

The view from the back of the Aqua Lodge. It cost about $20 a night to stay here. At night we could hear the water splashing against the shore--so peaceful!!
Another shot from the Lodge.
In the background, on the opposit side of the shore, you can see the hills of the DRC. This is the Eastern part of the country where there is currently fighting between the government and rebel groups. Though the fighting continues, many Congolese refugees are choosing to return.
To the left is a hillside that host the Hill-Top hotel. It is a luxury hotel with a great resturant and a swimming pool! To get to the Hill-Top from Aqua Lodge, you must pass through part of the town and the local prison. When we went past the prison, the prisoners were out working in the fields.
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