Kinshasa has been good to me so far. I’ve enjoyed all these little places I’ve been to. It gave me a good reason to just keep exploring and showing people the beauty of my country. Every once in a while, we all fall victim of what the media shows us. Sometimes we have no control over what’s been said in the news, on the radio or the pictures that come up on the internet, but we can control the way we choose to look at things. When I was living in Cairo, I used to hear about my country from people’s mouths. Mostly by those who have left the country a long time ago. The way they talked about their country with love in their eyes made me nostalgic for a place I never knew. I’d look it up on the internet and see something else, different. The Africa some westerners like to portray. I used to think that there wasn’t much to do here and that people didn’t enjoy their lives. But truth is, when I came here, the reality of things were so different than everything I’ve ever believed. I started looking at it from a different perspective. I was so surprised by the things my eyes saw. I found out that I had been living a lie all my life. Everything I was looking for was just two steps away from my feet. From shopping to dinning and local attractions. A lot of foreigners were settling here and going around. There was a life where I thought there wasn’t. Even in the slums, people fully live their lives and never let hunger or poverty stop them from doing what they want.THE-SIMPLE-LIFE-(2)_72dpi_900pxIn Kinshasa people know how to have fun and rock it and that’s what makes people fall in love with a city awake 24/7. Before coming here, I didn’t know what to expect or how my life would be. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to survive as it all seemed too new to me. Whether it’s rainy or dry season, the weather is always great in Kinshasa. It can’t keep you at home for too long and pin you down on the couch in front of the TV for days. Sometimes you’d discover things by just taking a short walk down the street. You might stumble upon ‘du jamais vu’ or see something that might make you smile or laugh. I like to live like a true local and see different things in my country. Sometimes the simplest things in life are all you need to make your day. I spent a day in Bandal, going around and discovering new places. Though, you’ll find a lot of bars and restaurants with both local and international cuisine, Kinshasa is well known for its terraces (Nganda), as they’re called here. You’ll find at least one in every corner. If you want to get the real feeling of it, it’s best to go on weekends after 6 pm. They serve drinks, sometimes food and most of them play music because Congolese are known for being party animals. So, we ended up going to one, had some drinks and grilled shrimp. Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to try again fried caterpillars, which is a very famous dish around here.THE-SIMPLE-LIFE-(4)_72dî_900pxA year ago, I couldn’t imagine calling a place ”Home” other than Cairo. But living in Kinshasa has taught me that ”home” isn’t where you come from or where you’re born. It’s a state of mind. It’s more than just a place. I want people to discover more about my country and enjoy these little experiences. With each passing day, I’m discovering more about motherland. I’m grateful I’ve had the chance to get to know all these things I knew nothing about.THE-SIMPLE-LIFE-(3)_72dpi_900px