The Holidays are a busy time for everyone; including The Traveling Chicken. And so the journey really began. To explain Idjwi as ‘undiscovered’ would be an error. A whole bunch of thousands of conflict-fleeing Congolese have discovered a peaceful, secure haven on the island in the last few years. For whereas Idjwi is lacking even by Congolese requirements in healthcare and primary development (there are, for instance, 10 cars on the island – one per 25,000 people, outnumbering doctors by a considerable margin), it is at peace. Malnutrition is rife, employment almost non-existent, and the poverty placing, nevertheless it’s a world away from the palpable pressure of the mainland, with its blue helmets, forbidding compounds and the constant sight of weapons. My time on the island was spent talking with locals, swimming within the lake, consuming tiny fried fish and driving on the backs of yet more motorbikes along dusty crimson tracks, looking out over the hilly, tree-drenched shoreline and glassy waters of the expansive lake.
Buying the best gear may help organize your current travel kit, however it’s a purple herring if your purpose is better portability. It’s largely the clothes that permits you to scale back what you should carry,” explains veteran traveller Eytan Levy, better known as the Snarky Nomad That is as a result of clothing, which is very voluminous, makes up the majority of what is in your bag. He recommends traveling with basic-wanting clothes as a result of you can always buy or rent one thing good in a pinch, whereas lugging around formalwear just in case will at all times be a pain. It also helps when you can keep away from cotton and stick to merino and synthetic fabrics, which dry faster. This lets you do laundry by hand in the sink … Read More