Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The sound of Africa
Yes, I'm still alive, although a bit overcooked. We went for a walk across town on Sunday, and despite sun cream and a hat I got severe sunburns in my neck and on my legs. Needless to say I didn't catch much sleep the last couple of nights.
We did see one of Burundi's best tourist attractions: a drum band. It was a group of about 15 drummers that played on huge carved wooden drums. The combined sound vibrated through my whole body while I watched them do some spectacular stunts in between. They make incredible jumps in a stunning competition. A very memorable moment was when they lifted their heavy instruments - the drums - on their head and marched around in a combined balancing and musical act. It was surely a sight I'll never forget. Sadly I didn't dare to bring my camera during the walk because of the many pickpockets and robberies here, so I don't have any pictures. I did manage to take a photo of such drums when I visited an organisation yesterday.
The day after tomorrow I'm leaving again, with some sadness because I do like this country. It will be a long trip, and I'll have to wait for ten hours in Nairobi airport.