Gosh! What a decent, albeit short, night of sleep can do! I laid awake in my comfy bed forever, thanks to the time difference between countries, thankful for a clean place to lay my head, as that has not always been the case. I have memories, here in Kinshasa, of cockroaches walking over me as I tried sleeping on a pillow made of my jeans and Tshirt because the hotel pillow stank of sweat and a million hours of body odor. So, a clean place is always, ALWAYS something to be grateful for

One day, long ago, an anonymous person commented on a blog I wrote, saying, “Tanya spends #AFCAids funds by staying in expensive resorts when she does her site visits. Don’t donate”. If they only knew! While I have never suffered, I surely don’t travel in luxury. As a case in point….the $10 (TEN!!!) breakfast offered here seems extremely expensive, so out came my handy packs of instant oatmeal and coffee. That, mixed with hot water from the hotel kitchen (which i pray was boiled, but somehow doubt it) made a good start to today. Couple that with a warmish shower, and I am ready to start my day. Now I wait for results of the required entrance Covid test so I can continue my travels north, to Gemena, where I will be doing site visits and meeting with staff.

Today’s tip: don’t talk about what you don’t know.