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Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali June 26th 2010

The title of this entry is probably the most useful thing I can say in French here. It means "I speak a little French." It saves me from the embarassment of stammering in English that I don't know any French, but saves me from saying one sentence and having people think I am fluent. Not really related, but I thought it was funny. Today I participated in Umuganda. Umuganda happens on the last Saturday of every month. The communtiy gets together with their local neighbors to work on different improvement projects. Often times it is filling in potholes on the dirt roads or picking up litter along the roads in the communtiy. On my project day we doubled the width of a bridge which crosses over a stream in a small ravine. The bridge was made ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali June 25th 2010

Bonjour (or wiriwe in Kinyarwanda) from Kigali! I haven't written much in the past week because we were mostly in transit. We spent a few days in the city of Mbarara in western Uganda to prepare for Rwanda. Things are much different here and it important we are prepared. In Gulu, the Acholi openly discuss the most brutal details of the conflict. Everyone there has been effected by the LRA. Most people have a brutal story about losing a family member or even being forced to kill their own families. The people still speak of their memories without hesitation. The genocide is a taboo subject in Rwanda. If you bring it up you could end up with an informant in tears for the next half hour. Just today I rode to work with a woman who ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali June 25th 2010

Today was rough. For some reason it was far from the toughest day of the trip though. We visited three different genocide memorials in the area of Kigali. The first two were churches which were sites of massacres. We walked through the gates of the first, Ntarama. Against the back wall of the church were shelves which had more than a hundred skulls on each. The top shelf had arm bones. The bottom shelf consisted of femurs and pelvises. This was not quite what I expected, but I definitely felt the impact. The walls of the church were are covered with the clothes of those who were massacred. In the front of the church were the foam mattresses people brought with them. Next to this were shelves with their belongings. One shelf held food containers they ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali June 5th 2010

I spent a day chilling in Arusha, then took the plane from Kilimanjaro airport to Kigali in Rwanda. The rest of the afternoon I spent in the bank of Kigali trying to obtain some money for my gorilla trek. Kigali is very expensive and unremarkeable I was planning on staying for 2 nights but bailed out early and headed off to Musanze for the Gorrila Trek. There are not many whiteys in Kigali and during all my bus journeys so far I have been the only one!! Everybody in Rwanda refers to me and other whiteys as Muzungu, which is good cos at least you know when they are talking about you. However, before leaving I had to visit the Rwanda Genocide museum. During the genocide nearly 1 million Tutsi's and moderate Hutus were killed in ... read more
Inside the Lobby of Hotel Rwanda
The mass graves
The eternal(ish) flame

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali March 27th 2010

Hi All Thanks for all the lovely emails about the photos we posted yesterday! :-) I have now finished uploading the rest of our photos, and Keira is busy adding extra information to them as we speak. We have added the following sets to our 'Big Adventure Collection' : The Crater Lakes and Bigodi Wetlands Rwenzori Mountains Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, including Mountain Gorilla Tracking Lake Bunyonyi, including Canoe Trekking We hope you enjoy these ones too... the blog, to acc... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali March 26th 2010

Hi Everyone This is just a short announcement to let you know we have uploaded new photos to our Flickr site. We have uploaded several new sets of photos from Kenya and Uganda and you can find them here in our 'Big Adventure' collection: Big Adventure Or alternatively, you can access each set individually through the links below: Kenya - Masai Mara Kenya - Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate National Park Kenya - Nyahururu (Thomson's Falls) Uganda - Bujugali Falls url=... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali March 11th 2010

It's my last day in Kigali for a while and i've just been wandering around admiring every other women's wig and enjoying feeling at home .... and astounded at the number of Mzungu who live here!! The population of Kigali is over a million despite having predicted 420,000 for 2020 (though not sure when that prediction was made) and there must be a fair few thousand mzungu. And the country had over 8.5million in 2002. Apparently the current child birth rate is 6 kids per family and the government are trying to bring it down to 3. I headed to Butare the second biggest town in Rwanda yesterday, though Kigali is by far the biggest and the others are all similarly sized, and pretty small at that. They host the National Museum, largest cathedral and National ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali February 25th 2010

Having spent the last 6 weeks in Rwanda - a country traumatised by genocide, affecting everybody's lives, I at last went to the genocide memorial in Kigali to find out a bit more. Life has gone on - it had to and it's difficult to find out about what happened. I'm shy to ask questions, worried it might not be appropriate, or that it's something people don't want to remember. The majority of the people i have been with had already fled with their families from the country either in 1957 or in the period running up to 94 (when two thirds of the population left), to the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Dem Republic of Congo, Tanzania or Burundi, and haven't shared experiences. I know people have met others who are currently going through a court ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali February 7th 2010

Some general restaurant info: Customer service in restaurants is the main area for improvement. Eating out takes between 1 and 2 hours (or more), and many menu options are not actually available. There is a great variety of quality for the food and the wait staff. Most of the eateries make great use of outdoor space with the majority of the tables set out on patios. Papyrus (5 stars): Our favorite restaurant and a short walk from home, Papyrus serves wood-fired pizzas and homemade pasta. Their menu is in French and English, and they have a good selection of wines, including some inexpensive South African choices. The pasta ranks above L.A. restaurants. Shokola (5 stars): This Middle Eastern restaurant features fresh fruit juices, good tea selection, Mexican food on Sundays, hookah, and couch seating. Flamingo (4 ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali January 24th 2010

An unanticipated trip to Kigali today to help one of the other girls doing the same thing as me but in a different organisation to find some safe accomodation. She unfortunately thought the guy working in the hostel was being friendly in showing her around but clearly had ulteriour motives and made her feel very uncomfortable. As a lone female traveller it is always useful to say you're married or getting married soon and often to be fairly cold on first meeting guys.... shame cos i'm sure most are merely friendly. being sunday morning everyone was in church and so the bus, with a picture of Michael Jackson on the back and a motif saying 'still alive', was pretty empty. A pleasant change from the buses normally where 16 seater minivans are stuffed to the limited ... read more
taxi hiding behind a tree

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