After a rather testing few days trying to secure a visa for the Congo, it looks like it is coming together. I won’t bore you with the details, but it has been harder and more testing than first thought.
With the visa now it train, I can start looking forward to the trip to the Congo on Friday. We’ve got a lot planned for the 10 days that we are there and can’t wait to tell you all about.
We’ll be traveling about 400km into the Congo from Bukavu and spending the night out in rural Congo cooking with the women. In preparation for cooking in the Congo, I’ll be making a hell of a lot of homemade pesto to take with me and then I have the small matter of taking a lot of pasta to the DRC with me.
Plans are underway for a fun run on Monday for the women that Women for Women work with in Bukavu. And Tuesday looks set to be the day when I attempt the marathon through the Congo again. Given the security situation it looks like we’ll be running slightly later in the day, with a 10am which means it is going to be very hot.
There is a lot happening at the moment and i don’t have much time, but i’ll try and give you a bit better overview of our plans and i’d love to hear from you about the stuff you are interested in. Hopefully through next week, I’ll be able to give you some updates each day in the DRC and tweet, blog and video blog updates daily on where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to.
I’m pretty shocked at how quickly it has come by, in terms of flying on Friday. But I can’t wait to get back out to the Congo and to tell you more about life in the Congo, the challenges the women face in that region and why it is important to be aware that has all too often been forgotten.