Here are a few more street scenes along the roads of Lubumbashi:
Many come in and out of the taxis from the back of the van
Here are more getting into the van
There are many, many ‘gas stations’ like this along the road.. if you ever run out of gas, you are not far away from buying a liter or two of gas from a road-side stand
There seem to be hundreds of churches in the Congo, of all sizes, types, and varieties
You can get a glimpse of the bench seating bolted to the floors of the van– they have benches so that they can stuff as many people in the van as it can hold!
This is outside a new home that is being built to house new missionaries we are sending to the area. The home is near a school, and there are always school children around the gates of the home. I always stop to talk to them– I think they are getting used to my French by now!
Across the road were 3-4 small children playing. The youngest, sitting in front, just would not come to talk to me… I can’t imagine why?
Typical sight along the roads– it is a free-for-all as vehicles and trucks can use any or all the lanes, and people simply walk across the street at any time… you have to be a defensive driver, to the max! Oh, and Terri and I finally got our driver’s permits…
Here is a local laundry station. People use water anytime they can find it. This is simply a ditch by the side of the road, that happened to have water in it today– so someone came over to use the water to wash their clothes, then left them to dry in the sun.
the typical taxi
The typical delivery ‘truck’
A smaller delivery truck?
The roadside markets are always very busy, and traffic through the area is just crazy: cars, trucks delivering goods, people walking back and forth across the road… often your vehicle is completely surrounded by people as you crawl through the crowd, trying not to run over someone by accident!
Another view of the benches inside the local taxis
Another local gas station
I wonder if I will be able to do this by the time I leave the Congo?