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Africa » Rwanda » Province de L'Est July 22nd 2014

Episode 5: Rwanda: gorillas in our midst July 22, 2014. Greetings everyone from the charming country of Rwanda in central Africa. We have been here in Rwanda for about five days now and have visited the Mountain gorillas in the Northwest of the small country. More about them in a moment. In contrast to the dirty chaos of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Kampala (Uganda), the Rwandan capital, Kigali, was a pleasant surprise. It is mostly very clean and orderly, with little rubbish, and with shiny new cars and smartly dressed people. Many of the women wear brightly coloured dresses with matching head garments – very pretty. Rwanda has banned plastic bags, which goes some way to explaining the tidy nature of its capital (plus, on the last Saturday of the month, everyone must take time ... read more
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Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali July 11th 2014

Leandra and I took one Friday off from Kihefo so we could meet up with the rest of the U of S girls and go to Rwanda for the weekend. The girls, Gena, Thea, Heather and Lindsay made their way to Kabale early in the afternoon where we hired a driver to take us to Kigali, the capital city. The Rwanda border is only a short drive away from where Leandra and I stay so we made it there in less than 45 minutes. At the border, they took all our passports, visas and paperwork at the same time while we waited off to the side. While we were waiting, people behind us in line would come and go, as they were still processing our information. Eventually, after about 45 minutes they started to hand back ... read more
Paved roads and traffic lights!
Genocide memorial
Mass burial

Africa » Rwanda June 29th 2014

29 June: Kisoro, Uganda to Kigali, Rwanda Crossing the boarder went well with the Uganda side being quick and the the Rwanda side took more time as they searched the truck and a few individuals needed to wait for visas. After we crossed the boarded, we drove for about thirty minuets before stopping to pick back up Kanyo our guide and two new members to the truck, Rachel from New Zealand and Bob from Australia. At the same spot, one of David's friends came and changed money for us, then we were off for the three hour drive to the capital. Arriving early afternoon we visit the Genocide Museum where we learn about the tragic details of Rwanda genocide in 1994. The museum was very good as it talked about the political occurrences more then just ... read more
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Africa » Rwanda November 20th 2013

What are the food customs in Rwanda, Africa? http://www.everyculture.com/No-Sa/Rwanda.html In the article "Culture of Rwanda", it reveals a variety of customs that the country does. It also talks about the Rwanda's religion, beliefs, social classes, trade, the food they eat, and their government. There are examples of what cultural traditions they do and the way they eat there meals or they way they eat on special occasions compare to other countries. Moreover, the article states facts from the gender roles in families to the different and limited foods the Rwandan people eat on a daily basis. Some customs in Rwanda are very unusual compared to American customs. In Rwanda for special occasions they have a ceremonial consumption of alcohol and food. F... read more

Africa » Rwanda August 23rd 2013

"At my signal, unleash Hell" On April 6 1994 Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira were assassinated when the plane they flew in was shot down while approaching Kigali Airport. That event was the signal that started the Rwandan Genocide. Over a period of only 100 days, from April 6 to mid July, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans, mostly of the "ethnic group" Tutsis, were systematically murdered. In recent years the Rwandans have started to call the genocide "the Genocide Against the Tutsis". This change of name clearly points out the Tutsis as the victims and consequently the Hutus accept the responsibility for the mass murder. The reason we write "ethnic group" in quotation marks is that Hutus and Tutsis aren't separate ethnic groups at all. It was the colonial rulers in the ... read more
The Nyanza Genocide Memorial in Kigali
The Nyanza Genocide Memorial in Kigali
The Nyanza Genocide Memorial in Kigali

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Zebras must be fake In the east of Rwanda, near the border of Tanzania, is the Akagera National Park. The main attraction in Akagera is to go on a safari to the parts of the national park covered with savannah. We have never been to a safari before. This was a first for us and we absolutely loved it. In the national park we drove around in a car. If someone reading this has plans on going to Akagera National Park we would like to give a piece of information on the choice of car. A 4WD car is must or else you will not be able to visit much at all. We also recommend that you take a car that has AC. Then you can drive around with the car windows up and you will ... read more
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We bet Sigourney Weaver never fell on her butt when she checked out gorillas Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda is the home of the country's claim of fame, the mountain gorillas. The Volcanoes National Park covers a mountainous area where there are several volcanoes. The rugged slopes of these mountains, slopes covered with dense vegetation, is the environment the gorillas like to call home. They move around in large family groups spending most of the time eating it seemed like to us. The gorillas have no natural enemies so they can devout all their time to eating and relaxing. We suppose they could consider taking up a hobby or do sports as well but we haven't heard that any gorillas have done that yet. From what we understand they eat and then they eat more ... read more
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Africa » Rwanda August 3rd 2013

“Surely you’re joking” If you recognise the headline we first would like to make it clear that Richard Feynman has nothing to do with this blog entry. We only borrowed the title from him to have as a headline at the top. We thought the title was pretty good because it gives you an idea of how we thought when we picked the photos for this this blog entry. They are some leftovers that we couldn’t fit in elsewhere but still wish to publish. Some are a bit funny, hence the headline, one or two you might find interesting and there might be some cute children somewhere as well. It’s a bit of this and that and there is no real theme going on. But we hope you enjoy looking at this anyway. Next we would ... read more
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Carry on the head
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Africa » Rwanda August 2nd 2013

Lake Kivu – Beautiful and Lethal Rwanda must be one of the must underrated countries in the world. It is a very beautiful country, one of the safest countries in all of Africa, the people of Rwanda are very friendly and it is very easy to travel around. Rwanda also has some spectacular tourist attractions such as gorilla spotting and wildlife safari. Those attractions we have decided to write about in separate blog entries. In this blog entry and the next we will try to show some other sides of Rwanda instead of the mainstream touristy. Lake Kivu is one destination visitors in Rwanda are likely to end up at. The cities Rubavu, or rather the satellite town Rubona, and Karongi can both be called resort towns. Since Rwanda doesn’t have a great influx of foreign ... read more
Fishing boats on Lake Kivu
View over Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu

Africa » Rwanda July 5th 2013

It’s not often that you can live out one of your childhood dreams. When I was a child, I loved the movie “Gorillas in the Mist: The Dian Fossey Story.” The film details the story of an American scientist who goes to Rwanda to live among the gorillas. Her conservation efforts are credited with being the major contributor to the gorillas’ preservation today. In the movie, Dian Fossey gets close to the gorillas. She sits, crossed legged, on the ground face to face with the gorillas. She mimics them. She shares their world. As a child, I dreamed that I too would come that close to the gorilla. The appeal was magnetic and inexplicable. Fast forward to July 2013. I’m an adult and traveling in Rwanda. The image of Dian Fossey among the gorillas has stuck ... read more
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