The two Pointe Noire
Favorite thing: Plato already said 2500 years ago that in each city there were always two cities, the city of the wealthy people and the city of the poor people.
It is very true in Pointe Noire.
You have one or two nice neibouroughts like Cote Sauvage, and the rest is La Cite, a giant town of families living in small rooms with nothing. 90% of the population does not work in Congo
ATV on the beach
Favorite thing: If it is not allowed to enjoy a quad or a motorbike on the European beaches, these restrictions don't apply in Pointe Noire. At least, we can enjoy riding quads at sunset on the beaches around Pointe Noire
Fondest memory: On of our best days ever in Pointe Noire: a long trip on the beach with Eric and Luc, and our spouses, Chantal, Ninette and Juniana.
Favorite thing: One of the only advantages of Pointe Noire is fishing.
This is the only real local thing coming from the region, even if all fishermen come from West Africa.
However, you can eat fresh crayfishes, scalops, shells, oysters, crabs at a very cheap price.
Best is to go on the beach rather than restaurant. On the beach, a plate of 24 scalops is 4$, in the restaurant it is 12$ and you have only 12 pieces.
Favorite thing: You cannot leave Pointe Noire without being in a huge Eucalyptus plantation.
There are 78000 Ha of plantation around the city, going practically from Gabon to Cabinda.
This forrestry plantation was an porject of Shell in the nineties but could never take off. Even today, with several investors, the company cannot yet take off and make profit. This is mainly due to the millions of dollars cheated by local management and government.
However, it provides jobs for 1200 people, even if the salaries are among the smallest of Congo.
Fondest memory: It takes five years from the planting time until the cutting time. After, a new tree is replanted.
The eucalyptus of Congo is mainly used in the production of woodchips in order to make furniture.
The wood is exported to Italy.
Favorite thing: Most of the beaches are wild. There are very few accessible beaches. Most of the places are short sandy beaches and directly a cliff or a unpracticable forrest.
Walking on the beach can be very difficult due to rocks and dead timber.
I remember a 20 miles quad trip: once on the beach, it was never possible to go back inside. Moreover, we had to carry the machines on top of the left wood or rocks.
Favorite thing: Typical house outisde town.
I met people there who are so far from civilization that they don't know that they have to boil water before drinking it.
5$ is a fortune to them.
This is a real other world, many people are far from the simplest benefits of our world, and they are sometimes living one mile from very wealthy people.
Favorite thing: Currency here is the CFA franc.Right now you change 1 Euro for 650CFA franc.So far I have seen notes from 500franc to 10000franc.
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Favorite thing: Wildlife has almost disappeared from the region of Kouillou.
However you can still see some chimpanzees in a private reserve.