Bujumbura

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Developing Countries and Photos

As promised, the photos I took in Burundi. Well, some of them.

Sunset over Lake TanganyikaSunset over Lake Tanganyika

I have this passion for palm trees, I just think they're beautiful. Nothing says 'tropics' like palm trees.

A pot of gold was waiting for me at the end of this rainbow. A pint of beer to be precise.

View over Lake TanganyikaView over Lake Tanganyika

A heard a strange sound, which came from these fishermen slapping on the water surface with their paddle. They were either allergic to fish, or they tried to lure them with the sound.

To prove that I did work, a picture of a wood shop project at a child centre we visited where children living on the streets of Bujumbura get vocational training.

At the centre they also had the traditional Burundese drums I mentioned in an earlier post. Can you imagine balancing these huge things on your head and slamming them with all your might?

A child waiting for the nurse to see him.

The pharmacy of 'Nouvelle Espérance', an organisation that gives medical and psycho-social assistance to people with HIV or AIDS. You wouldn't believe how many pills you have to take when you're infected by the virus that causes AIDS.

More work: Emma - the daugther of my colleague - and I designed and built this beautiful 'chateau' with lush green garden AND luxury terrace. The towers are my work.

My colleague's eldest son, dressed for 'Carnaval'. He was not amused when I told him he looked uglier without the mask.

A typical local dwelling. For ants that is.

Ant hill

Ant hill

Burundese Boogie Man

Burundese Boogie Man

Pharmacy of an HIV/AIDS Project

Pharmacy of an HIV/AIDS Project

Traditional Burundese drums

Traditional Burundese drums

Rainbow

Rainbow

The flag of Burundi

The flag of Burundi

The Sound Of Africa

Yes, I'm still alive, although a bit overcooked. We went for a walk across town on Sunday, and despite sun cream and a hat I got severe sunburns in my neck and on my legs. Needless to say I didn't catch much sleep the last couple of nights.

We did see one of Burundi's best tourist attractions: a drum band. It was a group of about 15 drummers that played on huge carved wooden drums. The combined sound vibrated through my whole body while I watched them do some spectacular stunts in between. They make incredible jumps in a stunning competition. A very memorable moment was when they lifted their heavy instruments - the drums - on their head and marched around in a combined balancing and musical act. It was surely a sight I'll never forget. Sadly I didn't dare to bring my camera during the walk because of the many pickpockets and robberies here, so I don't have any pictures. I did manage to take a photo of such drums when I visited an organisation yesterday.

The day after tomorrow I'm leaving again, with some sadness because I do like this country. It will be a long trip, and I'll have to wait for ten hours in Nairobi airport.

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