I had a farm in Africa....Thus Karen Blixen began her book, on which was also based the film, "Out of Africa." I had the opportunity to know such a farm (Domaine Didi). It did not have the glamour of the movie but it had its own charm. In the photos above robust coffee in bloom, it is November, the second blooming. The first and most important was in May, and the gathering is in the dry season (February). We are at 2° 28' north of the equator. Below to the right, the drying towers through which the coffee must pass to be husked.

Transporting the coffee (kahwa) to take it to the river port of Kisangani where it will begin its long journey: a ship to Kinshasa and a train to the port of Matadi (a total of 3000 kilometers) and once again by ship it will depart for the world distribution centers. It is true that coffee at its origin pays very little, sometimes not even enough to cover costs, but let us remember that the cost of the long voyage keeps coffee from Zaire from being competitive with that of other countries that have easier access to the sea.

I spent the day in the coffee fields. I spoke with people and continued to immerse myself in Africa but there was one magical moment: sunset. I sat on the terrace and witnessed a sight not common in these latitudes: sunsets. It was possible because we were on a hill. Here there was no Mozart (as in the movie) but one heard the songs coming from a nearby settlement.

Women pounding the sombe in their kinus, relegated the music to the background. In the tropics, sunsets have a special enchantment and last only a very short time.

With Costas, owner of the farm, and with José Manuel Gómez, in a moment of establishing radio contact (or "making a phonie," the popular expression).

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