My colleague here on Congo tipped me off to this great blog, This is Africa, that covers many of my stomping grounds within Africa. I haven’t had a chance to explore more of his blog, but based on this first post I will definitely be back for more.
A concerning piece about the devastating influx of whites into Rwanda. My favorite lines are:
“The capital, according to analysts, has been hardest hit by the surplus of whites. Kigali’s Bourbon Coffee, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report, ranks among the most densely populated coffee shops on the planet.”
This is of course, a coffee shop that I have frequented myself – Ms. Whitie – guilty as charged.
“According to local media, Kigali supermarkets have been unable to cope with the sudden demand for soy milk and hummus.”
I can’t say that eastern DRC expats are priviledged to have either of those luxuries, but if they were here, there would certainly be a run on them!
and last but not least:
“Reports that the capital was facing a dire shortage of horn-rimmed glasses and ironic t-shirts could not be confirmed.”
Of course I couldn’t control my laughter at this one, since I was wearing my horn rimmed glasses, and my other colleagues – our security officer – was wearing a shirt that said, “Green Piece” (with a picture of a gun) in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
Christopher Vourlias, the witty travel extraordinary, is a simply hilarious 30 something, Brooklyn-born travel writer, currently based out of a suitcase.
Check out his above post for a great laugh. I would have to say that I’d agree with one of the comments, in that only those of who actually know Africa, can either a) understand the real nuances behind much of his humor; or b) can tell when he’s joking and when he might actually be serious.
Either way, whether you understand it or not, I still think it is pretty fabulous!
Keep up the great work Christopher!