Long Boat to Bukavu

Representative of our lack of logistics coordination, our tickets that were ordered on Monday were conveniently sold out when they got around to buying them on Friday afternoon; note that the tickets were for Saturday morning.

This meant that instead of having a two hour boat ride, we had a leisurely five hour boat ride to Bukavu.

Despite the extra time, it was still a lovely ride. I spent a couple of hours writing on a report and then headed out to the deck to enjoy the sun. I timed myself and stayed out for exactly one hour. Listening to my iPod, watching the people and the scenery, it was wonderful.

When we pulled up to a small island I was thinking that we must be offloading passengers, etc. In the end it was just to do some small commercial trade of avocados, bananas, pineapple, etc.

Secure in my 85 spf sunblock I relished in my hour in the sun. It was blissful. However, given my delicate nature – it was later blisterful. Yes, that is right. I managed to roll up my pants further than I had put my sunscreen and fried my kneecaps. Quite literally they were fried to crisp in a mere hour. While merely red to begin with they later developed into a third degree burn. A painful punishment for my hour in the sun!

Lesson learned – next time stay in the shade!



  1. Tina on November 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    hehehe… I remember that lovely knees :))

  2. Tina on November 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    hehehe.. I remeber that lovely knees! 😀

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