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Kinshasa



What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?

How crazy the driving would be. It is certainly a make your own fun kind of post and security issues will be the deciding factor. - Dec 21, 2017
I wish I had had more information about bring single and living in this city. - Dec 4, 2017
How hard it would be to get a job. - Mar 2, 2017
Kinshasa is a rough city, rather than a friendly one. It's not possible to blend in as an expat, and security risks mean you have to take precautions (such as driving everywhere) that make you stand out even more. Compared to other places I've been, it's quite hard to make local friends or authentically experience the local culture.

Also, it's really difficult and expensive to travel out of Kinshasa. Most travel in country is impossible due to the poor infrastructure and security risks, and flights to other countries are quite expensive. - Jan 21, 2017


How bad the produce is. There really is not an alternative, though, so there wasn't anything I could have done with that knowledge. - Sep 26, 2016
Nothing - I came with very (very) low expectations and I have been (and continue to be) pleasantly surprised. If you show up expecting things to be like the US you will be disappointed (hugely). - Apr 26, 2016
Any day can bring extraordinary joy and wonder at what is possible or frustration and despair at what is not. - Jan 6, 2014