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Family of 5 
from Gabon, Hong Kong and the UK   

Living in Impfondo,   
Republic of Congo   
Since April 2012 

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Around the town centre of Impfondo, Congo in 30 Photos
April 17, 2013
Come with us for a stroll around our town and market in Congo!


HIGH STREET IMPFONDO

High Street Impfondo High Street Impfondo
 

PHONE CHARGING CENTRE
[Most people don’t have electricity at home]

Phone charging centre
 

BEAUTY PARLOUR

Beauty salon for Manicure / Pedicure
 
IKEA

Ikea
 

COUTURE
[Mostly second hand. I have seen uniforms for Circle K (convenience store chain) and Fettes (the Scottish private school where Tony Blair studied) ]

Clothing shop

 
Very interesting mixture of ‘designer’ and ‘fashion statements’

Clothing shop

 
ACCESSORIES? 
[A live monkey at the clothing store!]

Live monkey at a clothing shop

 
BAG SHOP
[This was at Christmas when special stocks came in
hence the impressive spread of goods]

Bag shop.  Christmas specials
 

MEAT SECTION [I stay away from this section as much as possible. 
There are no fridge, freezers or ice box. 
There are, however, lots of flies and a strong smell. 
Skip this section if you are vegetarian]

 
Crocodile
[Plastic bags are forbidden in the market by law. 
It’s Bring-Your-Own-Bag or packed in leaves.]

Crocodile for sale at Meat market     Croc meat wrapped in leaf to take home
 

Live Turtle

Live turtle for sale at Meat Market
 

Lizard
[I did not stay long enough to see if it was alive.]

Lizard for sale at the meat market
 

Live Electric fish

Electric fish for sale in the market
 

Antelope

Antelope for sale at the Meat Market
 

Live chickens running around
[not for sale]

Chicken Run in the market
 

Caterpillars
[Apparently they are nice and crunchy]

Caterpillars for sale at the meat market


McDONALD’S
[Note the head of the goat on the floor]

Grilled meat shop
 

MY FAVOURITE SHOP
[It stocks almost all the food and grocery items the other shops stock. 
Note the white red yellow plastic bags at the second bottom shelf on the right. 
They are MSG – looks more like rat poison.]

My favourite store    Inside my favourite store
 

COSTCO / Wholesale shop
[50kg flour which we sieve through to get rid of bugs, 25L cooking oil, 5kg sugar]

50kg Flour
 

PICK N’ MIX
[Most people just buy small bags of salt, pepper, rice, sugar, flour etc., 
The fact that people buy 10 macaroni shells and teaspoons of coffee tell you
how much people can afford and how people live]

Many shops sell very small portions
 

PEANUTS and CHARCOAL
[Not for BBQ, but for cooking – the smoke is a risk factor for cataracts]

Store selling Fuel for Cooking and Peanuts
 

FRUIT AND VEG SECTION

Produce Aisle     Onion and garlic shop
 
Palm oil nuts and fruits   Produce aisle  
 

So voila!  A brief tour of our town!
 
The most interesting thing about shopping here is that you never know what you are going to see e.g

Just walking around as you do in town

I would love to give you a personal tour!
 
Filed under: Food, Living in Congo, Developing countries

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