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I went to a goat bar

This is true, however I DID NOT eat the goat.

So yesterday when I was putting together that entry about facts about Kinshasa, I TOTALLY forgot that I went to a goat bar on Monday and that would have been more interesting to write about. Whoops! So in this entry, I'm going to write about that plus about what I did this weekend.

So on Monday, the famous day of the goat bar, it was my one of my roommate's birthday, and she really wanted to go to eat goat. I guess it is a popular thing to do here, and used to have it in Ghana, where she studied abroad. A bunch of ppl came, one of my roommates' boss, a couple of TDYers (what they call temp workers).

Anyway, so I'm like, okay, I guess I'm going to a goat bar!! It was the first time that I left "La Gombe," and went to a different, more real part of the city. I can't really describe the area other than it seemed to me like utter chaos. The place we went to was on a really busy street, with a ton of restaurants, clubs blasting music and stores. That probably sounds impressive, but it isn't. The restaurants and stores are basically dirty shacks, and all the food is cooked outside using fire. (It is hard to explain, you kinda have to see it). All the seating is outside, and you basically sit in beach chairs while getting eaten by mosquitoes and harassed by street kids come up to either begging for the food on your table or money.

Okay, so the goat part. I guess someone ordered for the table. It came with mashed manioc (which is a root). I did try that, and I found it to be pretty disgusting. I chewed it for about 15 minutes until I spit it out. As for the goat, it was served like kebob. And like I said, I didn't try it, so I didn't know what it tasted like, but people said it was super chewy, like chewier than it usually should be.... I can tell you that it smelled like goat though. It had the distinct smell of a goat in a barn. Also, after we all were chatting and everything we saw a goat walk by. That honestly disturbed me. It was very small, like a baby maybe. Anyway so that was mildly disturbing.

Now on to this weekend....

This past Friday night was pretty exciting. Friday is a half-day at work, so we got to go home early and chill before heading out for the evening. The Marines (there are about 6 of them) here actually have a bar in their house, and they have a "happy hour" about once a month, so we went for a bit to check that out. It was pretty fun, it was mostly young people from work. Since there aren't many expats here, the community is pretty close-knit. Also, everyone is used to a large turnover of workers, because most ppl leave every 2-3 years, plus there are a lot of TDYers, so everyone is really nice to the new ppl.

My roommate Cecily's boss had invited a bunch of ppl over to dinner (including the interns) so we headed over there. Cecily had spent the whole day chopping up food, so I knew we were in for a feast. Most of the ppl from the Marines were there, so we were hanging out with mostly the same crowd. But guess what fellow travelers to Morocco?? She cooked a Moroccan feast!! It was delicious, just like in Morocco. Cheryl (Cecily's boss) actually spent two years in Morocco with the peace corps, so she was an expert. She made a delicious ramandan soup, coucous with excellent tajines!! It was really just like in Morocco! Anyway, I was ecstatic about that. Plus the company was great.

Okay so then last night we went out clubbing with one of friend Lisa's Congolese co-workers. She works at AID doing HIV/AIDS stuff, and they have a couple of Congolese employees. Anyway, so they took all of us out to another part of town called "Bangel" (sp?). There's a bunch of clubs and bars called "Le Bloque" in that part of the city which we checked out. It was really fun actually, it was more of like a traditional club. They played a weird variety of stuff, from Shakira to Sean Paul to traditional Congolese music. We enjoyed ourselves, as usual.

Anyway, that's about it! I gotta go actually cause we're going to pizza with the gift certificate money that I won! We're going to have a pizza party and watch Lost. It should be fun!!

Also, we're moving. Details on that to follow.....(Don't you love cliffhangers!!)


Posted by bbrodsky 08:45

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