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5 African ‘Bus’ Rides: Rough Riders on the Looney Front

5 African ‘Bus’ Rides: Rough Riders on the Looney Front

Not all African buses break down, arrive days late, overwhelm you with dust and heat, or underwhelm you with esoteric notions of comfort and service. Far from it. But then, if you get one of those, you'll miss out on some of those more treasured moments that, depending on your mood, will elicit either a delighted "wow," or a doleful "why the hell did I ever leave home in the first place" -- often serenaded by rollicking evangelical hymns and repeated calls upon ''Our Savior.'' From Kinshasa to Matadi: An evangelical preacher beams up onto our clapped-out bus, energetically helping us to "travel with Yahweh," as we leave the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital for Matadi downstream. Congo River rapids downstream from Kinshasa The passengers, portly women mostly, are amen-ing and hallelujah-ing for all they're worth, whooping in praise of God as if rooting for the home team at a sports match. In French and Lingala, the preacher prays against "crashes, sorcery and satanic attacks." More amens, more hallelujahs....

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