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Published: February 23rd 2019
Going going, gone.
i was going to go to the Islamic Republic of Iran, but weather and the tardiness of the aforementioned country’s
turn around time in issuing visas and a film on Netflix got me to change my mind.
So no Iran (it’s still on the bucket list) Rwanda it is, after the famous film ” A fish called Rwanda”.
Visa upon arrival and no hassle, well I have not arrived yet but still.
As if I would seek political asylum in Iran or Wanda for that matter..
I've rented some kind of bike,
I haven’t seen it yet and as long as it will get me around it does not really matter after all I did Vietnam on a clone of a Honda clone, the size of a gnat.
With me in full ,black, riding gear somebody said it looked like a gorilla raping a dachs hound.
But after our mate’s crash last year in Nepal, it'll be full gear or nothing, ATGATT, all the gear all the time..
I will keep on writing nonsense here and post pics along the way, I’ll only be there for two weeks
Loading a lorry African style, there's always room for more
and a bit.
Rwanda is quite small, about 26000 km2 and is located in East Africa, bordering with Uganda, kongo ,Tanzania and Burundi, the capital is called Kigali and that’s the end of my knowledge, I’ll know more in two weeks time.
The only thing I absolutely certain of that it’s going to be fun and sweaty and very little, if any snow.
I left home with drizzle and som 5 C and arrived after another boring flight in Kigali and as we arrived at 1.16 am it was pissing down, big time.
Immigration was a ball, first off all not many people were arriving and then as long as you paid your 30 bucks worth of visa fee they let you in.
I'd asked my hotel to pick me up and of course there was no driver for me, well it's Africa as a lovely Portugese girl put it.
So I got a taxi and we sped through the empty streets of Kigali at 2 am and I got to the hotel.
Rather worse for the lack of sleep I had my breakfast in splendid solitude, the coffee was quite nice.
As I woke up it was pissing down but it stopped after a while, just me and my luck with weather.
But if it only rains at night and in the morning I'll be fine
I then got a motorbike taxi and sorted out a SIM card and just wandered about.
The vehicles stop for pedestrians, quite amazing!
Of course I stick out like sore thumb, tall and pale looking forlorn, I did not accomplish much more than the SIM card and a tasteless pizza for lunch.
I started to walk back to "Centre Spirituel Jose San Carmelo" aka my digs, the spirituel part was not on Booking.com, well they're nice enough.
I was looking for a barber shop and got a haircut and a close trim of my other facial hair so now I look almost presentable.
From there on it was all up hill both metaphorically and physically so I got another motorcycle taxi, they don't drive to fast but I'd rather be the chap who's holding the handle bars
Insh'Allah there are quite a lot of sleeping policemen to keep the speed down.'
The bikes all have a
spare helmet as wearing a helmet is compulsory so if I were to die and they would take samples of DNA from my scalp the result would certainly be strange.
Dinner and a couple of beers, yes just two, a couple is almost always two, well sometimes when it comes to beer it can also mean three or four or maybe five, but not more,
but I only had a couple so I'm ok.
Mystery meat steak and chips, edible but barely, if the food quality keeps the same standard during my stay , I'll lose weight.
It might be that you don't travel to Rwanda for the food.
Maybe I won't get sick, haha!
Kigali is mostly up hill, loads of hillocks with houses everywhere, Kigali has 2,5 million inhabitants which equals a quarter fo Sweden's population with roughly one sixteenth of the surface = lots of people on the streets.
I'll get my wheels tomorrow and might set forth into the country side
Today I got my bike and went for a spin with the guy from the bike rental company, Kigali is very clean and also very green.
The president has a master plan i which all old buildings are to be torn down and replaced with new modern , glass and steel.
We went to see some stuff about the genocide, not vey nice and when I asked my bloke if he was a hutu or a tutsi, he answered that they were all Rwandans, no more tribal shit.
I think this will be my shortest trip ever, Rwanda is really small, most probably less than a 1000km, like a long day going up to Alaska.
By the way check out the meaning of muzungu and akathisia, they're spot on.
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