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  • Day45


    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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  • Day43

    Rwanda Genocide Tour

    June 18, 2017 in Rwanda ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today I entered my fourth country on this trip and crossed another border by land into Rwanda from Uganda. It's a quick day trip to another country which is mind-blowing for this kiwi girl from little old New Zealand! We drove three hours to Rwanda and the differences between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are huge! There is so much nature, crops and hills here in Rwanda - it's absolutely beautiful and so clean! There's still a bit of poverty as with every country but it appears to be a bit more economically stable than Uganda and even more so than Kenya.

    Our first stop was the Nyamata Genocide Memorial:
    - 10,000+ Tutsi's sought refuge in the Catholic Church from the government trained Hutu militia that were trying to kill them
    - The church was bombed with grenades and thousands of rounds of bullets were shot, you can still see the bullet holes through the walls
    - Inside the church the seats are covered in clothes that the victims were wearing when they died plus coffins full of bones of the 10,000+ Tutsi's that died
    - The church has been preserved exactly how it was found to show the magnitude of the killings with mass graves out the back where the bones are being buried after cleaning

    Our second stop was the Kigali Genocide Memorial:
    - 250,000 Tutsi's are buried here in mass graves
    - The memorial shows how the genocide was developed, footage of survivors and photographs from the killings

    Our third stop was Hotel Des Mille Collines:
    - this is the location of Hotel Rwanda where a Hutu man saved thousands of Tutsi's and the UN based themselves during the genocide
    - we had lunch here but the place has very little memories of the genocide

    It was a very humbling experience and by the end of the tour I felt incredibly numb and wasn't able to convey emotions as you'd expect. I'm so glad I went to Rwanda, it was amazing!
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  • Day19

    Kigali Week 3

    October 1, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    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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  • Day13

    Journey from Kigali to Kayonza

    December 7, 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    We had a later start to our journey today at 2pm, so it was lovely to have a restful and relaxing morning at the hostel catching up with social media and the highlights of the Liverpool football games I'd missed. The times for rest and recuperation have been few and far between on this trip, so it was very welcome to have a morning's break. A big, rumbling thunderstorm rolled around Kigali as we said our sad farewells to four members of our trip, Linda, her daughter Heather, and 'English' Sam. The other Sam from Dubai was also leaving the trip today but said his goodbyes last night as he was off to a pottery course today. On the truck we mused about the very unusual amount of rain we have been getting on this trip so far which makes the camping far more challenging for our morale. It will be nice to be journeying towards the summer season when we head down to the southern hemisphere in Namibia and South Africa - although we may have the excessive heat to complain about then! We drove through more lush green countryside with many banana plants which seemed to be the staple crop of this region. We arrived at our next stop, the Urugo Women's Opportunity Center near Kayonza. This women's centre has been set up to give local women the opportunity to develop their talents and to make some income. There was a roadside cafe and two craft shops with lovely handmade produce such as woven baskets, paintings formed out of dried banana leaves, small animal sculptures, bracelets, necklaces, and many other craft pieces all fashioned by local women. They also had camping and accommodation as another source of revenue. None of us fancied putting up our wet tents in the rain so we all upgraded to dorm rooms and safari tents. I booked a large safari tent which was the very definition of the term 'glamping' although the cold en suite shower didn't feel quite so luxurious. A women's choir sang a beautiful and evocative African melody on the site as part of their choir practice, some of which I managed to record on my phone. We had some dinner and got an early night for an early start at 6am tomorrow and a very long drive across the Tanzanian border.Read more

  • Day94

    Kigali Day & Night

    January 4, 2017 in Rwanda ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Nach der Landung in (Ruandas Hauptstadt) Kigali vertrauten wir uns zwei Boda-Boda (Motorrad) Fahrern an, die uns flott zum nahgelegten Hostel bringen sollten. Was folgte war jedoch absolutes Chaos. Denn unsere Annahme die Fahrer würden unser Hostel kennen, bzw. zumindest untereinander kurz Absprache halten, stellte sich als naiv heraus. Und so verloren wir uns irgendwo auf der Strecke und weder mein Bodafahrer konnte seinen Kollegen erreichen oder ich Corinna, da wir beide nicht ins örtliche Mobilfunknetz eingewählt waren. Glücklicherweise kam zumindest ich am Hostel an und wählte mich ins örtliche WLAN-Netz ein. Corinna hatte jedoch schwer zu kämpfen, da ihr erstaunlicherweise weder Englisch noch Französisch bei den mittlerweile in größerer Anzahl versammelten Gruppe an Bodafahrern weiterhelfen konnte. Nach über einer halben Stunden Wartezeit konnten sie mich aber glücklicherweise (über den Internetzugang eines ein freundlichen, der englischen Sprache mächtigen, Passanten) erreichen. Nachdem wir wieder vereint waren, erfuhren wir zu allem Überfluss dann noch, dass meine (zwei Monate zuvor ausgeführte) Buchung nicht im System vermerkt war. Doch glücklicherweise war das Personal vor Ort sehr entgegenkommend und uns wurde eine nahgelegene Pension zu gleichen Konditionen angeboten. 
    Da Kigali nur der Zwischenstopp auf unserer Reise in den Volcanoes National Park war, hatten wir uns lediglich einen Programmpunkt (für den darauffolgenden Vormittag) vorgenommen: das Genocide Memorial. Die Gedenkstätte mit Museum behandelt einen sehr dunklen Teil der ruandischen Geschichte, den im Jahr 1994 eskalierte Völkermord an den Tutsis, die sich selber als höher gestellte “Rasse” ansahen. Trotz der schrecklichen Bilder und Erzählungen hat das Museum einen guten Aufbau und setzt thematisch wichtige Impulse, inklusive der Beschäftigung mit anderen grausamen Völkermorden auf unserem Planeten.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Nyarugenge District, District de Nyarugenge, Akarere ka Nyarugenge