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So I'm allergic to mefloquine (the malaria prophlaxsis I've been taking.) I had hives all over me last week when I took, and the same thing happened this week, so I know I'm allergic to it. It's pretty annoying, because I already have a ton of bugbites on my legs, so they are just totally swollen, red and itchy. It sucks, to say the least. Also, I'm a ton of benadryl right now so I am like super drowy right now so if this entry doesn't make any sense that's why...

This weekend was not as crazy as the last, so I don't really have anything new or interesting to report. We did our usual frolicking. Greg, my boss, is leaving in less than week (he's done with his tour here, and will be headed to Haiti next), so he invited everyone from ECON over to his house to visit a bit before he and his family leaves. He has two little kids, 3 and 1, and they both speak Creole, French and English. They speak French exclusively with their mom (who is Haitian), English with Greg, and then Creole with the nanny (who is Haitian). It is pretty incredible...So anyway it was fun to get all the staff in ECON together. I'm sad Greg is leaving, he is a nice guy, and is really smart and good at his job. After he leaves I won't really have a supervisor to report to, so I'm guessing I'll be totally on my own for the rest of the summer.

Also, I'm going to Lubumbashi next week for an official trip, which is in the Katanga region, right on the border with Zambia. (Look at a map.) The Katanga region is a mining region that is rich with copper, cobalt, gold and other precious minerals. It should be a really cool place to check out, and I'll definitely blog on it when I get back. I'm actually going to be there for my 21st birthday (!), which should be interesting in itself.

On another note, I figured I post some good books on the Congo if anyone is interested. The history of the DRC is fascinating and well-worth learning about. I'd recommend reading the Poisonwood Bible first, since it is the most accessible.

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
King Leopolod's Ghost, Adam Hochschild
In The Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo, Michela Wrong
Capturing the Congo, Michela Wrong

Enjoy!

-Bonster

Posted by bbrodsky 05:21

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