Blogs from Ville de Kigali, Rwanda, Africa


Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali August 1st 2015

Every year many of the VWB interns make a weekend trip to Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, and this year Brit and I were joined by Sue, Janaya, and Chantara from the LCP program, as well as Anna, for the weekend trip. The genocide occurred in 1994 and since then the country has undergone an incredible transformation making it a night and day difference from Uganda. But before I go into all that let me just talk a bit about the journey to get there using good ol’ Ugandan public transport. Well before you can take the bus, you have to figure which bus to take and get tickets. Back home this would be a simple endeavour but like most things here, it is far more challenging than it needs to be. We start asking ... read more
Mass grave at Nyamata Church
Nyamata Church
Mass grave at Nyamata Church

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali June 30th 2015

We crossed the border into Uganda 10 days ago and were greeted by a very "friendly" man at Uganda customs who did not like the looks of our $20 bills - we had to pay for our visas in US $ - he told us to go back to Kenya. We persuaded him to take 5 of our finest bills and after the line grew to 10 people he grudgingly accepted. Welcome to Uganda! Our first stop was Jinja, a town famed for housing the source of the Nile River. While the sight of the source was not super impressive, in concept we found it pretty cool. We spent a day getting used to things in Uganda, rode a boda-boda, ate delicious local food and did what we do best - wander aimlessly. We ended up ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali April 17th 2015

As mentioned in another blog, following our successful mountain gorilla expedition, it left us with a free day with which we headed into Rwanda for a day trip. The border crossing was a bit of a mission but we made it in and I was surprised at how green and vibrant the road was into Kigala, the capital of Rwanda. The roads were also in fantastic condition – in complete contrast to the rest of Africa! We made it into the capital and our first stop was the Genocide museum for some ‘tourism of tears’. I had visited a few of these type of places in my travel – Buchenwald in Germany, Auschwitz in Poland, the Killing Fields in Cambodia and various other war memorials but it is still horrific to read about what people do ... read more
On the way to Kigali #2
On the way to Kigali #3
On the way to Kigali #4

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali October 29th 2014

This very disturbing but true and must be shared. It's the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Francine and I can remember the reporting on the television. It was suppose to be a civil war of the warring ethnic groups. However being here we learned it was 100 days of killing the minority who were also the richest and most educated, the Tutsi. This was a systematic plan that had been constructed to take place. The government In power, the Hutu was the majority of people who represented the lower class, it had nothing to do with ethic classes as Rwandan people were of one language, same heritage and one country. It was a division started by the colonization by the German's and then the Belgium's, Who perpetuated the idea of ethnic groups. ... read more
Mass graves
Wall of rememberance

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali September 30th 2014

Welcome everyone to 2 Blondes on holiday travel this is Angie and I started out the day ahead of Francine so I traveled from Columbus to Philadelphia and then from Philadelphia I traveled to Doho, Qatar. Traveling here was very interesting because we went south of Greenland,Iceland came down between Norway and Denmark proceeded through Germany,Poland other Eastern European countries all the way to Istanbul Turkey where we turn due south traveling over some very questionable Middle Eastern countries to Doho. Then flew on to Entebbe then arrived in Kigali, Rwanda. Smooth flying all the way. Francine up at 5am for one last cycle training ride. Off to work For the day. Then depart Broome Western Australia for 10pm arrival at Perth International. ugh doesnt depart Perth until 6am. First time I have slept on ... read more
A King Kong Moment
Diane fosey's hotel and ours

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 » Ville de Kigali May 29th 2014

On May 30th, I began a two week trip that took me through Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I don't have the patience right now to type up blog entries that could do it justice so for now I'll just post a fraction of the pictures that I actually took while there. Hope you enjoy!... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali January 8th 2013

Hello! So this is going to be quick, I apologize that it's not going to be my best writing. It's been an exhausting few days traveling. I was supposed to get to Kigali at 1:30 am but didn't get in until 4, and then my baggage never arrived so I had to make a claim. I was met by Emma, an employee of Big Beyond, and was brought back to a hotel in Rwanda. I had to pay $50 for a room to sleep in for 3 hours, and now I'm waiting for them to come get me again. I got maybe an hour of sleep in that 3 hour span. There were so many birdschirping and dogs barking and other unknown animals making their noises. There was also a guy playing a folk guitar or ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali December 9th 2012

So after 24 hours of travel (which isn't as bad as some of the horror stories I've heard) we are in our hotel in Kigali. Luckily both flights were relatively calm - keeping Anne's white knuckle moments to a minimum. The most excitement we encountered was when a lady collapsed from exhaustion in the Montreal airport. I felt quite important when we came out of the baggage claim area to see a gentleman with our names on a sheet of paper. The feeling quickly disappeared however when both our Visa cards were declined and we were forced to use our spending cash for the room. Our moods sunk even lower when we were given a speech on using 'small bills' to pay for purchases - apparently the exchange rate is horrible on anything below 50 dollar ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali July 17th 2012

The first association most "westerners" make upon hearing the word "Rwanda" is the 1994 genocide, and the collective guilt of the whole world for not stopping it. Many nations sent troops to evacuate their own citizens. These troop numbers would have been sufficient to stop the slaughter - had they been given that mandate. Or, if the UN higher ups had not stopped the UN Peace Keeping commander on the ground, who having learnt about a large weapons cache intended for use in the upcoming planned massacre, requested authorization for him to go and confiscate those weapons... or if the Belgium government had refused to be pawns in the game when they pulled their paratroopers out of the UN forces after 10 of them were killed at the start of the slaughter ... or ... the ... read more
Genocide Memorial Display
The Hotel Rwanda
Street Banner

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