When the going gets a bit tough, I love to take a look at this photo.
A moment of inner peace in the streets of Kinshasa, Congo:
Photo-journalist Andrew McConnell won a 1st prize in the 2011 World Press photo awards with this image taken in Kinshasa, Congo. Josephine Nsimba Mpongo practises the cello in the Kimbanguiste neighbourhood of Kinshasa. She is a member of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbangiste (OSK), Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra. During the day, she sells eggs in Kinshasa’s main market, and rehearses with the orchestra most evenings in the week. The OSK initially had just a few dozens musicians who shared the small number of instruments at their disposal. Today, the OSK can have 200 players for a concert. Most are self-taught amateurs who hold down day jobs all over the city.
This post is not about family travel. I know. But I thought it’d be a beautiful image to share, from a place unlikely to be visited by most of us.