[D+70] – Meeting people at the beach on a rainy day

Today was a rainy day, especially in the morning, when we could hear heavy clap of thunder. When the rain became less intense, I decided to go to the beach and take a few new pictures.

The sky was a bit too gray so my photos didn’t turn out as well as I expected. I was told that Congo seems a bit empty, based on what people saw on my blog… what you’ll see below will kinda go that way, but there were really few people on the beach today. But let’s make it clear : there are a lot of people in the main streets, and on the beach on sunny days !

I rapidly met a few children and adults, who shouted at me asking for a photograph. They were really nice, and even if people often tend to ask for money (I’ll do an essay about this in the upcoming days/weeks, I guess), they didn’t bring this too much to the fore and I spent a nice moment with them.

Realizing I had my Zoom H4n recorder with me, one of the guys, named Junior (in black & red in the pictures below) asked me to record him singing. Actually he was pretty good, so I thought I would post the audio clip on my blog ! Here it is :

Do you like it ? Share you feelings and leave a comment if you have a sec’ (you can log in with Facebook with a click only!)…

My first aim was to reach The Wharf, which I am referring to in my to-do list. I felt that the Congolese that were accompanying me were   slightly reluctant to reach this old building in concrete, so we went back. I remembered that I had been told that walking after the “Wharf” was dangerous, so I asked one of the guys if this was true. He confirmed people could be killed (or at least robbed), so I assume that I’ll only take a few quick pictures when I’ll get back there, but never go past it !

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3 thoughts on “[D+70] – Meeting people at the beach on a rainy day

  1. I know about the people asking money, many tourists are very concerned about it here. I ti simple: white people come from first world country, traveling from so far away, so they might have coins, and at certain areas they will try to sell you everything they can, or just open the door of the bus, help to carry your stuff, whatever that makes you feel compromised to give a tip. At some places like Cuba, they make this a way of life, they are just hanging around touristic areas, start random talking, became friends, they talk about you about how hard is life, you feel empathy, you give them stuff like clothes, money, and children are happy with just some chewing gum. But most of them are young girls willing to catch you and take them out of the country… I’ve been there O___o!

    In México is not so obvious, we are more into tipping culture, you tip the cab driver, the kid who put your goods inside bags at supermarket, the guy who is just hanging around your car “watching” for it and offering to wash it, but of course tourists are not so glad about giving their money to every person who come close to them on the street, most of them homeless from outside the city. It’s understandable that poor people who had that way of life, found that practice just easy, they see the white guy/girl, show sad eyes, and ask for food; or just became too friendly. Of course, we are aware people just come for a vacation, not for saving the poor, and they do not want to be bothered, and aware that not every tourist is a rich european-american-canadian guy.

    • José,

      Thanks a lot for sharing this opinion and experience about this “tipping” phenomenon. I do think I’ll include some parts of your comment in the article I’m planning on this topic.

      You’re totally right, people see the white guys as someone who’s rich and who’s gonna give some money. Indeed, every tourist or expat is not necessarily a rich person. Also, I’m more inclined to give tips to waiters than to people trying to get money by opening the taxi’s door or simply asking. I think it’s also due to the fact that in France (especially in Paris), many people are begging in the streets, and it gets heavily boring because most beggars are literally pestering everyone walking by, instead of simply asking or trying – like here in Congo – to help a bit

      It’s indeed really less aggressive in Congo, but it happens more often =) !

      Btw, I’m just summing up and synthesizing a few ideas, it’s neither my complete point of view nor a matter of real debate I think. I’ll post an in-depth essay in the upcoming days/weeks about this.

  2. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    clearly know what youre talking about, why throw away your
    intelligence on just posting

    videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

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