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  • Day4

    Vulkan-Nationalpark

    October 4, 2021 in Rwanda ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Heute haben wir eine Wanderung im Volcanoes- Nationalpark gemacht. Leider haben wir keine Gorillas gesehen, dafür aber interessante Pflanzen. Auf den Pfand den wir gewandert sind kamen wir zum Friedhof der Gorillas von Dian Fossey.Read more

    Stefan Wendt

    Ist das die Grabstelle von Dian Fossey?

    10/6/21Reply
    Annschi

    Ja

    10/6/21Reply
     
  • Day43

    Eastern Rwanda (& Kigali)

    October 25, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Coucou,
    Vorige week vrijdag heb ik afscheid genomen van de secundaire school waar ik de eerste maand LO heb mogen geven. Ik ga er zeker en vast nog eens langsgaan voor ik terugkeer naar België!
    Het echte bureau-werk is al even aan de gang (en na al de schoolbezoeken zal er nog veel meer zittend werk moeten gebeuren achter een computerscherm). Nooit gedacht dat ik dit ging doen in mijn leven. Ik word hier (gelukkig) goed begeleid, want er zijn toch wel wat zaken 'out of my comfort zone' op vlak van dit soort onderzoekswerk.
    Allemaal nieuwe dingen en dus nóg iets extra aan deze nu al schitterende ervaring.
    Maandag ben ik begonnen aan het veldwerk. De komende 2,5 weken zal ik in totaal 12 scholen in 6 districten ('provincies') bezoeken en verschillende mensen interviewen.
    Eindelijk de rest van het land verkennen 😏. Het oosten van Rwanda stond eerst gepland. We, mijn persoonlijke driver en ik, vallen van de ene vallei in de andere (,ook al wordt dit gebied als "plat" gezien).
    "No problem with the road, it's a good one": zei de chauffeur (hahaha). Moeilijk om er woorden voor te vinden, maar adembenemend is er zeker ééntje van. Wanneer ik eenmaal op een school ben aangekomen, is het moeilijk om het woord "Muzungu!!" niet te horen.
    Mijn gastgezin, een beetje mijn nieuwe familie voor deze maanden, zal mij dus af en toe even moeten missen... Tja, sommige dingen veranderen nu eenmaal niet zeker (hehe).
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    Stijn Goovaerts

    Haha mooie afsluiter walt

    10/25/19Reply
    Jenka Mergaert

    Zaaaalig!

    10/25/19Reply
    Jenka Mergaert

    Sweeeet

    10/25/19Reply
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  • Day19

    Kigali Week 3

    October 1, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Coucou,
    De eerste dagen zijn, zoals verwacht, voorbij gevlogen. Het is druk, meer dan voldoende werk dus voor wie dacht dat ik hier met vakantie was... verkeerd gedacht haha. Natuurlijk ben ik mijn lijstje wel aan het afgaan hoor 😏, maar enkel binnen de grenzen van de hoofdstad momenteel.
    Ik begin Kigali ondertussen al beter te kennen dan de 'motorbikers', heb ik het gevoel. Kaart lezen is duidelijk geen deel van hun job (lacht).
    Naast het bezoeken van historische en andere bezienswaardigheden heb ik hier en daar al vaste adresjes, de collega's (zowel op de school als op het bureau van de VVOB) zijn attent, sympathiek en betrekken mij in hun activiteiten. Zo ben ik bijvoorbeeld elke keer bijna verplicht om eens te proeven van het middageten dat geserveerd wordt op de school; bonen bonen bonen!
    Vorig weekend heb ik ook kunnen proeven van het nachtleven hier, amusement gegarandeerd! Al zijn de 'hitclubs' wel blijven hangen of nog maar pas toegestreken in 2008.
    Tenslotte is het regenseizoen nu ook echt begonnen en heeft het iets gezellig onder de golfplatendaken.

    Muzungu out xoxo
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    Alain Silverans

    Wil ik is proeven...😉😁

    10/5/19Reply
    Alain Silverans

    je hebt steeds "de bonen gefret" 🤔😉

    10/20/19Reply
     
  • Day2

    Markt in Kigali

    October 2, 2021 in Rwanda ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Wir wurden von so vielen Menschen angesprochen das wir in den Shop kommen sollten und die Sachen angucken. Jeder Shop hat die gleichen Stoffe, das gleiche Obst und Gemüse. Und wenn wir was gekauft haben kommen drei andere Menschen und sie wollten uns fast das gleiche verkaufen.Read more

    Leonie Adler

    Wow 🥰die Farben!!!

    10/4/21Reply
     
  • Day59

    N-W-Z Rwanda

    November 10, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We zullen eens beginnen in het Kinyarwanda (locale taal) hé.

    "Bite",
    De schoolbezoeken zitten er allemaal op, ruim 50 interviews achter te rug. Dit ter zijde heb ik zo ongeveer heel het land gezien samen met mijn persoonlijke chauffeur. Van prachtig gestructureerde theeplantages tot het onherbergzame wondermooie en koudere noorden van het land.
    Het schitteren van de gigantische groene bananenbladeren in de ochtend blijft elke keer opnieuw iets magisch hebben... Over groen geluk gesproken 😉.
    De komende maand zal druk analyseren worden en tussendoor wat ontspannen uiteraard!
    Voor de rest ga ik de foto's hun werk laten doen haha.
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    Ingrid Volders

    Schitterende lach!

    11/10/19Reply
    Danny Volders

    Hello Wout, we hébben van je foto's genoten. Het is een prachtige stage ervaring, nooit zzl je Rwanda vergeten. Wij zitten in Spanje in het pittoreske Nerja dat breekt de donkere winterdagen in België. Het analyseren van je stage is wel belangrijk. We kijken er wel naar uit om Kerstmis samen te vieren. Tot spoedig. Muchos besos 🙋🙋👍👍

    11/11/19Reply
     
  • Day1

    Kigali Week 1

    September 13, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Coucou,
    De eerste dag zat direct vol met verrassingen, op z'n "Afrikaans" zoals we zouden zeggen. Onverwacht opgepikt tijdens mijn ontbijt door een 'driver' van de VVOB en vervolgens heel het kantoor ontmoet. Daarna een rwandees nummer kunnen regelen na een paar uur rond te keuvelen omdat het "systeem" plat lag (haha).
    Momenteel is het een ware verwennerij in het gezin waar ik verblijf. Elke dag ontbijt voor een leger en heel vriendelijke mensen. Voor deze vetzak in wording wordt dus momenteel zeer goed gezorgd. Het enige waar ik nog aan moet wennen is het koude water dat uit de douchekop komt.
    Ik heb twee nieuwe broeders en een zusje. Met Christi, één van de broers, ben ik een Memorial van de Genocide gaan bezoeken. Zeer aangrijpend en hartverscheurend...

    Het weer in Kigali is echt aangenaam, niet te warm en niet te koud. Overdag max 30° en dan meestal regen in de namiddag, afkoeling en rond de 16° 's nachts.
    De stad zelf bestaat uit verschillende heuvels, met op elke heuvel een andere district, prachtig. Een grote stad met toch wel wat Westerse invloeden te bespeuren.

    De school waar ik nu stage loop is een opmerkelijk welvarendere school dan de meeste scholen in Rwanda; pc's, engelse boeken, bijna al de lessen in het engels en wederom toffe collega's. Om er te geraken, pak ik de motorbike 😎 (de taxi van Kigali, +-50 cent per rit, JAJA IS VEILIG (genoeg)).
    Volgende maand ga ik de rest van de scholen in 'den boerenbuiten' van Rwanda bezoeken.

    Ik ga het hier bij houden. Ik ben sowieso dingen vergeten te vertellen en wil hier ook niet alle details in zwieren omdat dat te lang duurt en saai wordt voor jullie hahaha.

    Groetjes van jullie Muzungu (blanke)

    PS: indien levensbelangrijke vragen: Facebook of rwandees nummer raadplegen (+250788951427).
    Ik kan op deze app maar 6 foto's plaatsen dus als je meer foto's wil, stuur me maar.
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    Alain Silverans

    Nice view!!

    9/23/19Reply
     
  • Day54

    Lake Kivu

    November 8, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    To Lake Kivu now, a huge lake which almost completely forms the western border of Rwanda.

    We take a boat ride out on the lake to visit some of the islands. The first we visit is called Monkey Island, so-called because of the solitary Blue-Balled Monkey living on the island. We have no idea how it got there.

    Next up on the island itinerary is named Napoleon Island, after the distinctive hat-shaped hill. They should have called it Bat Island, as it is home to a huge colony of fruit bats. As we walk up the hill, you pass thousands of bats, hanging upside-down in the trees right next to the paths. The views from the top are amazing, and our guide also points out the next island over, which is a prison island for kids who have problems with substance abuse. Exiling them to a prison island- a la Alcatraz- seems a little heavy handed to us.

    On our boat tour is a German girl. We get chatting, and we ask her why she decided to come to Rwanda. She explains that she wanted to come somewhere warm, where she could swim. So, nothing to do with the history, mountains, wildlife or anything like that. Unfortunately for her, all freshwater lakes in Rwanda (and much of East Africa) are said to be infested with Bilharzia, a terrifying parasite that crawls into your skin before colonising most of your body, including the spinal cord and nervous system.

    We decline our guide's offer for us to have a dip.
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  • Day52

    Volcanoes National Park

    November 6, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    We’re leaving the Twin Lakes today and heading into Volcanoes National Park. Martyn and Laura have secured permits for the gorillas, but we’ve decided to go for the much cheaper ($75 vs. $1500) permits to climb Mount Bisoke.

    We do realise, however, that whilst we’ve purchased permits online, we have no idea what to do. There are no instructions about where to go, what time to go, what you’ll need etc. We try calling the various numbers for the Wildlife Authorities, but they’re all clueless. Martyn and Laura decide to head to the office in the town of Ruhengeri to talk to someone, but it turns out that the office doesn’t exist.

    Finally, after checking in to our accommodation at Red Rocks, just south of town, we’re told to head to the reception at the bottom of the mountains, at 7am. It’s a fairly long drive there, so we need to set off before 6 to be sure we’re there on time.

    So, we head off for an early night, Martyn and Laura in their room, us in our tent. We quickly discover that the tent is not a good idea, since the bar just across the road blasts out terrible music all night, and our thin tent walls do not filter any of it out.

    We wake up at 5am, groggy and a little irritable. That’s not helped by the fact that the car won’t start. We’re not sure if the battery is flat, but we don’t have much time to find out, and we’re forced to get an expensive taxi to the start point.

    We make it there on time, but we’re faced with a new issue: the rangers don’t have any vehicles, and they themselves get rides from the tourists (who are mostly being driven around by their tour groups). Martyn and Laura are forced to splash out further on a taxi to their start point, as the driver of the other tourist in their group refuses to take them. We get lucky, and are driven by a French and German couple.

    We disembark at the base of Mount Bisoke and start the climb up the volcano. It’s steep and slippy, and Katie soon finds herself helped by the invaluable Leonard. We’re also accompanied by a band of ten or so heavily armed soldiers. They’re in full camouflage and armed with AKs. We’re told that they’re there to protect us from the buffalo that call the mountain their home. Whilst it’s true that buffalo are very dangerous, we doubt that ten AK-47s is necessary to scare them away. We suspect that it may be more to do with the fact that Bisoke lies on the DRC border, and rebels are known to operate in the area.

    It’s a fairly tough climb, but we soon reach the summit, at 3,711 metres. And the views are… rubbish. The entire summit is cloaked in a cold mist, and we can barely see a few metres in front. We settle down for our snacks, and some vodka coke, courtesy of some of our group. Then, quickly, the mist rises, and we’re treated to the incredible views of the crater lake, shared between Rwanda and the DRC. It’s monumental, and made slightly bizarre by the fact that, if you had your passport, you could walk a bit further into the Congo.

    On the walk back down, we overhear the French guy in our group ask one of the soldiers if he can borrow the AK. “Why?” asks the soldier. “Cos I wanna shoot a gorilla”. He doesn’t get a go on the machine gun.

    Gorillas do make the mountain their home, but they’re rare, and since we don’t have a team of trackers, there’s basically no chance of seeing any. It doesn’t stop us from peering into the dense foliage the entire time, checking for any movement. We don’t stop until we’re right at the gate leaving the national park. Dejected, we give up hope of seeing any gorillas. And right then, the rangers whisper: “Look! Up in the trees!”. And sure enough, right there is a silverback and two young ‘uns. It’s great to see, and we want to stay longer. However, the rangers don’t let us stay or take pictures, saying it would be unfair on the people who paid $1,500 to see them, so we’re led away. Still, we’ve now had two encounters with these incredible primates, and it’s no less special the second time around.
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  • Day50

    Twin Lakes

    November 4, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Today, we picked up a car for our Rwandan Road Trip. First impressions are that the roads are amazing. We've been used to driving in Uganda, where good paved roads are few and far between, and traffic police lurk around every corner. Here, though, the roads are immaculate, the speed limit low, the drivers patient and polite, and the views are incredible.

    The road network winds its way up, around, and across the many hills that litter Rwanda. They call this the land of 1000 hills, and climbing to the top of each one, you're rewarded with panoramic views in every direction. It's a beautiful country.

    We're heading north, to Lake Ruhondo, one of two "twin lakes". Its sister lake, Burera, sits high above Ruhondo, separated by a steep hill which is only a couple hundred metres long. This geological formation means that there's a big hydroelectric dam on the shores of Ruhondo (the lower lake). It's that power station that is our destination. From there, we're picked up by boat and ferried to our accommodation, which sits on the end of a peninsula jutting out into the lake.

    The views from the lodge are stunning. Directly opposite, towering over the lake, are three of the five Volcanoes making up Volcanoes National Park, sitting like some ancient city skyline.

    We head out for a walk with two of the hotel staff, who are there on internships learning about the tourism sector. We walk around the lake, through little villages, until it's too dark to see, then walk back in the pitch black.

    It gets chilly here, so we wrap up and sit around a fire after dinner. The fire, strangely, has been built in a wheelbarrow which is just plonked down in the middle of the bar area, which itself is decorated with Christmas lights. It's different, but I wouldn't describe it as cosy.

    The next day, we head up to Lake Burera to have a look. To get close to the lake, we have to drive up a vertiginous dirt path, before crossing a narrow, rickety, wooden bridge over the lake run-off channel. It's a little like an Indiana Jones film, and we're watching the wheels out of the car to make sure they don't fall off the side.

    After looking at the lake, and watching the locals fill their boats with big yellow jerry cans of local beer, we head back down, and off to Volcanoes National Park.
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    Looks fantastic, great photos [DP]

    6/19/20Reply
     
  • Day45

    Kigali

    October 30, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Today we arrived into Rwanda, after a fairly uneventful overnight bus ride. At the border, the customs guards searched everyone's luggage for plastic bags, which are banned in Rwanda.

    Unfortunately, Katie isn't feeling great, so we book into an empty dorm room at Via Via so she can recuperate. While she's napping, Chris befriends the owners new dog, Boss, which they had just taken in from the street. Boss quickly becomes attached to Chris and wants constant pets (which we happily oblige to give as he's so cute). While Boss is being fed, Chris sneaks away and heads out into the city, and is blown away.

    For starters, Kigali is built on a series of hills, which means that whichever way you go, the views are great. It's also spotlessly clean- cleaner than anywhere I've ever seen. We would later find out that the entire country cleans the streets in shifts, each person allocated a different day. No-one, not even the President, is excluded. It's a great way to increase civic-participation and keep the streets clean. It does, however, mean that whenever we walk down the street with a can of drink, everyone casts a suspicious glance at it, probably thinking "they'd better recycle that!".

    There is no hustle, no bustle, and you can walk the streets at night and be completely safe- there's barely any crime. It's liberating to be able to just walk the peaceful streets.

    Once Katie is better, we're joined by our friends Martyn and Laura, who are travelling with us for the next month. We spend the next couple of days sorting out our plan and walking around Kigali. We participate in a walking tour led by Nyamirambo Women's Center and learn about the history of the neighbourhood and the centre, visit some local shops, and have an amazing homemade lunch. Afterwards we drink the best coffee we've ever had at Question Coffee (which, I'm sure he won't mind me saying, is a little lost on Martyn), and have Rwandan craft beer at Pilli-Pilli, watching the sun go down over the picturesque city.

    We also head to the Genocide Memorial, which is a must for any visitor to the city. It's eye-opening. We knew a little about the genocide beforehand, but had no idea about the extent to which it was caused by colonialism. In fact, the museum argues that the terms Hutu and Tutsi were designed by the Belgian colonial authorities. Another section shows how the world was warned about what was going to happen, but turned a blind eye, allowing the atrocities to happen. The final part of the museum is devoted to the children who died, and each display shows a child's picture, their favourite toy, their best friend, and how they were killed. It's horrific, but it's vital to learn about Rwanda's very recent past, and how it has come to terms with it.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Rwanda, Ruanda, Rwanda, ሩዋንዳ, رواندا, Rvanda, Руанда, Ruwanda, রুয়ান্ডা, རུ་ཝན་ཌ།, Rwanda nutome, Ρουάντα, Ruando, روواندا, Ruwanndaa, Rouanda, Ruanda - Rwanda, રવાંડા, רואנדה, रवांडा, Ռուանդա, Rúanda, ルワンダ, რუანდა, រវ៉ាន់ដា, ರುವಾಂಡಾ, 르완다, ڕواندا, ລາວັນດາ, Roanda, റുവാണ്ട, ရဝန်ဒါ, रवाण्डा, ରାୱାଣ୍ଡା, روندا, u Rwanda, Ruandäa, ருவான்டா, ర్వాండా, ประเทศรวันดา, Luanitā, رۋاندا, روانڈا, Ru-an-đa, Ruandän, Orílẹ́ède Ruwanda, 卢旺达, i-Rwanda

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