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Rwanda

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  • Rwanda is dadelik anders: netjies, g'n rommel, beter paaie. In nat valleie sprei ryslande oop. Meer polisie (wat hou van kar deursoek). Geelbekwoue. Heuwels en nog heuwels. O, ja, en jy moet aan die regterkant van die pad ry... Kigali is groot en bedrywig. Vanaand het ons uitspattig gaan uiteet by 'n Indiese restaurant, en toe vir Patrick en Grace by die lughawe gaan aflaai - hulle vlieg nou terug SA toe ná drie weke op toer saam met my en Alice. Totsiens julle, dit was lekker!Read more

  • Gister was Sondag, en ons het gerus. Vandag doen ons 'n paar dinge in die stad, beginnende met koffie, ontbyt en poskaarte skryf by Ikerezi-boekwinkel, sommer naby ons hotel. Dit kyk uit oor die stad, nou en dan draai 'n jakkalsvoël hoog verby. Hierna besoek ons die roerende Genocide Memorial, 'n museum en gedenktuin. Dit is nou al 20 jaar gelede, maar dit is merkwaardig dat die Rwandese na so 'n volkstragedie kon herstel.Read more

  • Hierdie park is in die noordwestelike hoek van Rwanda, waar dit grens aan Uganda en die Kongo. Meeste toeriste kom hierheen om berggorillas te sien, maar ons het die (veel goedkoper) goue-aap ("golden monkey") ekskursie gedoen. Jy stap tot in 'n bamboeswoud teen die berghange en kyk dan hoe die ape nou en dan afskarrel na die grond om jong bamboesspriete af te breek wat hulle dan bo in die blaredak sit en vreet. Na die tyd het ons self iets gaan eet (maar die Rwandese chillie-olie eenkant gelos...), en na die reuse gorillabeeld gaan kyk op die terrein waar die jaarlikse gorilla naamgee-plegtigheid gehou word. Tydens dié affêre kry al die jaar se nuwe gorillababas naam. Ons slaap oor by Red Rocks, 'n netjiese backpackers in die omgewing.Read more

  • Bier is nie die eerste ding waaraan jy dink wanneer Rwanda ter sprake kom nie, maar die land het 'n handvol plaaslik-vervaardigde biere. Skol se 5% alkohol belowe skop, maar dis eintlik 'n bedeesde bier. Dit het vroeër vanaand goed te pas gekom toe ek en Alice die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika in 'n neutedop moes uitlê aan 'n Nederlander tydens aandete (beesbredie) by die backpackers. Terug Skol toe!Read more

  • Gisenyi lê teenaan die grens met die Demokratiese Republiek van die Kongo. Alice bly agter in Gisenyi by ons hotel, Discover Rwanda Gisenyi Beach, vir die naweek terwyl ek in die Kongo gaan vulkaanklim en gorillas kyk in die Virunga- nasionale park. Aandete: avokado en vetkoek...

  • 'n Kaart en GPS kan jou net soveel vertel. Na 'n lui oggend in Gisenyi ry ons suidwaarts teen die Kivumeer na Kibuye. Ons stop om mooi teeplantasies af te neem. Dan kry ons padwerke, en reën, modder, vragmotors wat vassit... en dinge raak sports. Die Fortuner hanteer die situasie egter goed en ons kom teen sonsondergang veilig in Kibuye aan. Ons slaap vanaand by die Hotel Bethany - dit sous te hard vir tentslaap.Read more

  • Vandag vat ons dit rustig en vang op met rekenaarwerk, eposse en dinge. Môre ry ons verder suid na Nyungwe Forest- nasionale park. Die uitsig hier is dalk een van Afrika se mooistes. Kan heeldag hier sit. Die Fortuner waardeer ook die blaaskans na gister se modderpetaljes.

  • In die suide van Rwanda, teen die Burundi-grens, lê dalk hul mooiste park: Nyungwe. Bergwoud, sjimpansees, endemiese voëls - en stilte. Dís wat Nyungwe jou bied. Ons kamp (onderdak, op netjiese stellasies wat die ergste klammigheid weghou) by Uwinka, maak vuur, maak kos. Saans, behalwe vir die weemoedige geskrou van boomdassies, sak die stilte (en soms die reën) neer. Soggens praat die reuse blouloeries ons wakker. Vrede.Read more

  • After our not so relaxing relax day from yesterday, we made up for it today!

    Jack and I decided to separate for the first time since we got here (except the couple hours Jack spent alone in Addis when I wasn't eating). She wanted to do a tea factory tour, and I wasn't that interested. We decided a bit of time apart isn't a bad idea. I got to just walk around Gisenyi and walk down the beach, enjoy some quiet solo time. To be honest, for me, it just confirms that I'm not that great with solo traveling. I don't get enjoyment out of doing it alone, I like the company. I'm not outgoing enough to just meet people along the way. So I checked out the town, mapped out where I wanted to prep our picnic lunch date, and headed back home for a peaceful tea and reading.

    Jack unfortunately didn't get to do her tour afterall. She got there successfully with the minibuses but apparently the factory was closed for the day. At least that's what the security guard could gather in English. Little did I know she was back in town after just an hour.

    Meeting at our hotel at our agreed upon time, we went to the local market to gather our lunch - salad, fruit salad, and chapatis! It was too easy, no one in Rwanda has set foreigner prices on us... All fairly priced produce. Drop by the supermarket (which is what they call their do it all corner stores) and off we go! Incredibly peaceful, waterfront, waves and birds being heard, Valentine's day lunch. Again, only thing missing is hand holding and steeling kisses.

    I lied about the birds. It sounds like birds which makes it sound better. It's bats. Tons of them. I don't get it, I thought they liked the dark, but there's hundreds of bats hanging upside down in the trees above us. It's kind of cool. I've got batman imagery in my mind... Lol.

    We took the lunch as an opportunity to "check in" with each other. Open and honest communication y'all! I finally got to articulate why it is I'm so impressed with myself here, and I'll try to do the same for you all.

    Over the last few years, I've seen my anxiety worsen. Situations that would not have affected me in the past have started to make my heart race, to keep my up at night, making my mind go over and over possible outcomes, making me react inappropriately to situations, to make me doubt doing certain things, or stop myself entirely from certain experiences. I've travelled long term in the past, but it's been a few years since I've left the country for longer then a few weeks. I thought my increased anxiety would translate to my needing certain comforts. That I would have a stricter limit on how long I could be put in uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations before my body or mind gives out. I thought I could no longer tolerate, as well as I used to, not knowing where I was staying or going. All these preconceived notions about my anxiety is why I'm so impressed with myself today. I have been in uncomfortable situations, I don't have my usual comforts or support system from home. I don't get to go home and hide for a few days when I'm overwhelmed, and yet, I'm doing great! I'm eating all kinds of new foods (as you now know, my anxiety is closely related to my ability to eat), I'm staying in all kinds of accommodation (including homestays), and leaving towns and arriving in towns with no set plans or need to set plans, I'm doing great. And I'm proud. I just thought I'd share this proud moment of mine. :)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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