Friday, June 11, 2010

Everybody loves Kinshasa*

*At Brussels Airlines

According to the Brussels Airlines website:

Kinshasa is a city with modern shops and restaurants, but it is known above all as the birthplace of African music.

It is one of Africa’s biggest cities and is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a cheap city with a very lively nightlife. Kinshasa has suffered greatly from turbulent changes in the past few years. A visit is certainly worthwhile in order to experience the atmosphere of this city.

A list of sights would fail to do justice to Kinshasa. You must certainly sample the atmosphere of this big African city. Living in Kinshasa is a special experience, since the city is surrounded by countryside full of tropical rainforest and endangered species of animals.

Well, this is definitely the "glass half full" approach. Let's take a look at their description...

Kinshasa is a city with modern shops and restaurants, but it is known above all as the birthplace of African music.

By "modern", I suppose they must mean things like the elevator at the Indian restaurant and....Um...I guess I'm out of other examples.

It is one of Africa’s biggest cities and is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ok, this is probably true. But let's be honest, we need a big caveat on the end...like "But keep in mind, none of it works very well."

It is a cheap city with a very lively nightlife.

Erroneous! Unless your definition of "cheap" includes $25 for frozen peas. As for the nightlife, I hear some of the local clubs are pretty "lively". And I have definitely been flashed by hookers on the street on more than one occasion. Lady bits and all.

Kinshasa has suffered greatly from turbulent changes in the past few years. A visit is certainly worthwhile in order to experience the atmosphere of this city.

Yes, a lovely visit to Kinshasa is the ticket to happiness. It's a great chance to experience all that a failing city has to offer. A must see! Don't let the opportunity to inhale burning Kinshasa trash slip away!

A list of sights would fail to do justice to Kinshasa.

Is it bad that the list of sights matches "10 of world's worst infectious diseases" on the CDC website and many of the UN human rights violations?

You must certainly sample the atmosphere of this big African city. Living in Kinshasa is a special experience, since the city is surrounded by countryside full of tropical rainforest and endangered species of animals.

The endangered species here are the humans. But, they are right on one thing, living here is certainly a "special experience".

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