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    • Day 41

      Catching up on work

      March 7, 2023 in Rwanda

      Since we barely made a dent on our to-do lists yesterday with all the hospital craziness, we decided to stay at home today and just play catch up. The on-site restaurant did a great job in keeping us fed, and the views we got to enjoy throughout the day were inspirational to say the least. My highlight of the local food were small fish similar to sardines, only fresh from the lake, in a tomato based sauce, served on ugali, a local accompaniment based on maize flour. Some local veg on the side and I had a fantastic meal.Read more

    • Day 40

      Sunset Lake Views

      March 6, 2023 in Rwanda ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      It took the hospital a few hours longer than expected with the call announcing the results, but we got the call the very moment we pulled into the parking lot of our new home for the next few days. They said the results were negative (it wasn't malaria), and that we can now come back to discuss the results. We kindly declined (we were three hours away after all) and hurried to set up our workstations to try to get at least a little bit of productive time in while overlooking the sunset.

      This place, even though it was labeled as a resort, didn't really feel like a resort. It reminded me a lot of the Airbnb I was staying at in Guatemala, where I had comparable views over Lake Atitlán 😊 I spent one month in that place, so this here was great! I had negotiated for a free upgrade to a lake view room, and we were definitely taking full advantage of the setup.

      We ordered dinner from the on-site restaurant to our room, and in true Rwandan fashion it took over an hour to arrive. But we didn't mind, as we didn't plan on leaving tonight anyways. Usually room service costs two dollars extra per meal, and I felt stingy so I told them that I would carry it up the ten steps from the restaurant to our room myself. But they were afraid I'd spill it and offered to bring it up for free instead 😂
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    • Day 25

      Is the a lake? Is it a sea?

      June 21, 2023 in Rwanda ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      A few hours and 2 buses after leaving Kitabi, I got out in a totally different climate zone. It's hard to believe in the first moment - I'm still in Rwanda, an east African country without access to the sea. Dry air, Mediterranean-like plants, smell of fresh water, maybe I just teleported to Croatia? This really shows how incredible this country is, combining so much biodiversity in such a small area! One thing that remained unchanged is the quality of service, yet again I had an amazing guide, who brought me for a boat trip with picturesque islands. Two of them had very special fauna on them, as you can see on the pictures ;)

      After enjoyable day, it's time to move again - next coastal town Gysenyi it's waiting for me!
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    • Day 137

      Au bord du Lac Kivu

      March 22, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      Dans la famille des grands lacs africains, je demande le lac Kivu ! Véritable petite mer bordant l'ouest du Rwanda et frontière naturelle avec la RDC... Nous l'avons souvent approché, mais nous n'aurons fait qu'un petit pas au Congo !

      Nous posons nos valises dans la paisible ville de Kibuye, au bord de l'eau, dans un hôtel avec une vue imprenable sur le lac et les collines vertes l'entourant. Fidèles à nos habitudes nous entreprenons un tour sur le lac en bateau, partagé avec deux voyageuses finlandaises. Les paysages sont superbes et la vue du sommet de l'île Napoléon mémorable.

      Cette halte sera aussi l'occasion de rencontrer Pierre-Jean et sa famille. On doit avoir l'air sympa, car il nous invite à son mariage avec sa future femme rwandaise le weekend suivant ! On n'hésite pas et nous retrouvons 3 jours plus tard en pleines festivités traditionnelles à Kigali, en compagnie des finlandaises et d'un égyptien également rencontré à Kibuye.

      Une invitation à un mariage en Afrique, cela ne se manque pas et nous ne sommes pas déçus. Cérémonie de la dot le vendredi avec danses, chants et la traditionnelle négociation du nombre de vaches à offrir contre la main de la mariée, messe le lendemain et fête jusque tard dans la nuit. C'est sur ce moment fort que nous quittons le Rwanda la nuit même du mariage, pour 26h de bus direction la Tanzanie...

      ...mais mon petit doigt me dit que nous y reviendrons... 🤩 🇷🇼🇷🇼🇷🇼
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