Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Usual UNusual Sights in Bujumbura - Part 2
Bujumbura's downtown area is a very progressive city for Africa. Because of the huge amounts of rain, they have designed their streets with the large gutter in the center of the streets and brick sized cement barriers to keep cars safely away, so both sides of the street slant into the gutter. When the giant downpours occur, AND THEY DO OCCUR, all of the water runs to the center of the road! Ingenious, huh?
These next three photos give you an idea of the sticks I was mentioning on the Mosque that was being built(above). The construction turns out quite nicely. It just seems quite the crazy way to do it! Unusual!!
The LaBaguette Magique is the bakery that makes most of the Pain Gris (which is whole wheat bread) for the city of Bujumbura! We stopped by there this week and the three individuals you see are not patrons, they are beggars. This is highly usual, but as you can see, they truly are in desperate need. The man has only one leg and is elderly. The woman on the right is very old and seemed to not be able to see well. The woman on the left was dressed extremely poorly and had a little infant laying on the cobblestone on the other side of her. They were all so very grateful when we were able to share some Burundian Francs with them.
On the way out to Lake Tanganyika, there must be an ice cream industry. We saw several of these coming down the road. Yes, they are ice cream tricycles! UNusual!
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