My Base in Goma

November 19, 2008

The Ihusi Hotel, Goma

The Ihusi Hotel, nestled on the shores of Lake Kivu, is gradually emptying out. Those of you who may have been worried about my safety/comfort during my time here in Goma will be relieved to know that I have a lake view and have enjoyed omelette avec fromage et jambon each morning.
Some interesting differences with hotels in Kenya, and the other former British colonies. The wine is French not your New World nonsense. A good thing. And the coffee is fresh – albeit rather bitter – rather than Nescafe. Also a good thing. However, the waiters are what can only be described as surly.
Anyway people are heading home now. The world has moved on from the DRC I suspect. There are pirates off Somalia doing their thing and most news outlets can only cope with one Africa story at a time. The charities are launching a big appeal tomorrow but I suspect this will be a last headline before we let the country sink back into obscurity.