Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Things I'll Miss About Angola: the Confusão

A truck falls victim to the confusão in Luanda. This is not a fake picture.

The confusão here in Angola is an odd thing. Mostly it has made my life difficult. Your bathroom ceiling is leaking? Too bad. Your neighbors play kuduru at 3 am on a Tuesday? Too bad. You get threatened with arrest at the airport on totally baseless charges? Too bad.

It’s enough to drive a person crazy- really. Long ago I stopped trying to reason with the confusão, because the confusão will always win. Over time, I’ve just accepted the confusão of life here. Of course there are those times when I break down in the face of it, but generally I’ve come to appreciate it likely because I always knew that eventually I would be able to leave it behind. Like it or not, the confusão is what makes Angola so unique. This blog certainly would have been boring without it.


Danny said...

That's awesome. So like Angola. I appreciate your posts.

Leslie said...

Thanks! I can't take credit for the photo, however!