Being able to peer into the everyday lives of Goma's citizens, even if just driving by was one of the more memorable experiences of visiting the Congo. The simple act of just driving down the road created lasting impressions of life in this dangerous city.
You see all manner of day-to-day activities and business taking place. Plenty of bananas for sale in this small street market. And plenty of other vegetables as you keep driving. There are people walking around throughout Goma with a bushel or two of bananas.
If you do visit Goma, make sure you check out the latest updates on the security situation there. There's also the ever-present threat looming from the nearby Nyiragongo volcano, should it decide to wipe out part of the city again.
I didn't actually visit the city proper, but during my week in Virunga National Park, I ended up crossing through Goma on a couple occasions. Looking back, I'm glad I did. While Gorilla trekking and volcano hiking are some of the most memorable experiences of my life, putting it all in context really helps.