The Central African Republic (CAR) is a poor
country, in, as you would expect from the name, the middle of
Africa. It is landlocked and
surround by countries, which in many cases still are in a situation of conflict.
Travelling to CAR is therefore often discouraged. This is really a pity,
since it is a beautiful country. There is nature, wild animals, gorillas,
and more. The capital Bangui is situated on the border of the river
where small fishermen's boats go up and down to
DR Congo and back.
Already in 1000 BC, the Central African Republic was
populated by Ubangian speaking people. In 1889, the
French built a post in Bangui,
and occupied the country, but on 13
the country became independent again, participating in the big wave of independencies,
which occurred at that time in
In the capital, you will find some international food at elevated prices;
furthermore one eats rice,
spinach (or amaranth),
and of course fufu (cassava) like in all other countries in Central Africa.
The fruit is delicious, avocados
abundant and you can find nice big cool bottles of Primus (local beer) all
over the place. Palm wine and banana wine are other local drinks.
Spinach with peanuts
is a popular dish.