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

More French. - Aug 2019


Hire. A. Driver. Trust me. It'll make your life so much easier if you have a go-fer that can get things done for you. And don't overthink consumables, you can get almost everything. Focus on beer and wine if you drink (liquor is easily available and generally inexpensive). - Apr 2019


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 2017


I wish I had had more information about bring single and living in this city. - Dec 2017


How hard it would be to get a job. - Mar 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 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 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 2016


Any day can bring extraordinary joy and wonder at what is possible or frustration and despair at what is not. - Jan 2014


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