I touched down Wednesday in Newark after a couple of lengthy flights and a layover in Brussels. It’s Friday now, Aug. 10, and I still haven’t unpacked or went through the over 3,000 photos I took.

The enduring impression I have is that Kinshasa, DRC, is not Africa – at least as I imagined it. There is a haze that clings to the city and it all but blots out the sun. I didn’t see the African night sky once, something I was very much looking forward to.

I learned a ton though and met some beautiful people. I have stories too – like how I was detained at a Chinese hospital in Kin and had to pay a guard off to let me go – that I’ll be posting here, along with photos, in the coming days and weeks.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

About Daniel Fitzsimmons

Staff writer for the Manhattan weeklies Our Town, Our Town Downtown and the West Side Spirit.
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