Travel Blogs from Burundi

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Rwanda Summary, Rusumo Falls, Rwanda travel blog

Rwanda Summary

A travel blog entry by izzie

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Distance travelled so far - 6245km (equivalent of New York to Frankfurt) In Rwanda (plus Uganda) - 1230km We actually spent 8 whole days in Rwanda/Uganda. We spent, on average, 1.6 nights and 1 day in each place. We travelled an average of 154km ...

Bujumbura, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Bujumbura

A travel blog entry by dcm

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Bujumbura ...

Mzungu in the Mist, The Jungle, Congo - The Dem. Repub. travel blog

Mzungu in the Mist

A travel blog entry by ad_n_caz

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C... It was a dark and early start to the day, but that did not seem to dampen anyones spirits, we were off to see the gorillas! We took the truck to the border, and walked the dusty and barbed wire path through no mans land to what the sign had told ...

Over the border - 6 hours, my ass!, Ngara, Tanzania travel blog

Over the border - 6 hours, my ass!

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... we'd get there today. Instead we aimed for a town called Ngara in the very corner of NW Tanzania, near the Rwanda and Burundi borders. Neither the Bradt Rwanda guidebook nor the Lonely Planet Tanzania one have much info about the area or the crossing. We ...

Kigali to Bujumbura to Kigoma, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Kigali to Bujumbura to Kigoma

A travel blog entry by dcm

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... to pack around our bodies, but then noticed that I wasn't the only passenger with a ton of belongings. I negotiated with the Burundi border officials at Kayanza Haut, the small town separating Rwanda and Burundi.  I explained to him that I would ...

From Civil War to Simply Civil - Burundi, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

From Civil War to Simply Civil - Burundi

A travel blog entry by djchurch

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... (Helplessness? Friendliness? Sexiness? Manly virility? Who knows?) that makes people want to take care of me.  I left for Burundi yesterday with a cousin of a Rwandan friend of mine whom I was supposed to stay with in his little apartment he rents ...

Oh, Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood..., Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Oh, Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood...

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... time I'll have to reacquaint you with my living situation.   Claude, Kelly, Emma, and Justin Claude is a native of Burundi who moved to the U.S. several years ago after he married Kelley, a native of California.  If ever a couple has ...

Burundi, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Burundi

A travel blog entry by lee.d.rosen

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Burundi and Rwanda used to be one country, but now you can tell a distinct difference between the two.  Burundi also has a horrible history of civil war, with tribal issues between the Hutu and the Tutsi.  However, Burundi has not received the ...

Mzungus Up Country, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Mzungus Up Country

A travel blog entry by pugetview

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... clear.  "These are special mountains," Prosper says.  "Can grow food all over.  No other place.  God blessed Burundi."  There are pines, and something like a juniper, and even bamboo.  "This bamboo, 1972, used to kill."  ...

The Orphanage at Gitega, Gitega, Burundi travel blog

The Orphanage at Gitega

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... town to town in an effort to sell them and make a living; and the tree that marks the geographical center of Burundi, planted by Belgian colonialists nearly 100 years ago.   The orphanage, which though quite beautiful, is rather remote and ...

American Visitors Part 1 - Heading Upcountry, Mwaro, Burundi travel blog

American Visitors Part 1 - Heading Upcountry

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... , we headed east to Gitega where we spent the night in a small inn, the first night in a hotel for me in Burundi. I discovered that approximately $6.50 will procure a private room containing two single beds and the use of a community bathroom down the ...

Adaptations, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Adaptations

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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This entry is for those of you curious about some of the variations between life in the U.S. and life here in Burundi.  I've begun to realize that although things look quite different here, similarities sometimes sneak up in unexpected forms. ...

Bujumbura bound. Sketchy? Maybe., Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Bujumbura bound. Sketchy? Maybe.

A travel blog entry by rachrachk

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... was super close, and brought the first questionable part of the journey. There was conflicting information about getting into Burundi and the visa situation. Technically they aren't allowing visas to be purchased at the border anymore. Legally speaking. ...

Don't Send Packages, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Don't Send Packages

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... to Burundi, the postal system does not work here quite the same as it does at home.  Once packages arrive in Burundi, two to three weeks after they left the sender's hands back home, the fortunate recipient gets a card announcing their ...

End of Burundi Chapter 1, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

End of Burundi Chapter 1

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... for whom I was homeschooling, for Christmas Eve. The celebration included an enormous feast with foods not easily found in Burundi, including imported European cheese and crackers, apples, homemade dinner rolls, and sweets galore. After eating as much as ...

No Where Else, Kigutu, Burundi travel blog

No Where Else

A travel blog entry by katehoran

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... at the end of talking to him:   Me: "So Melino do you ever get tired of working here, I mean, if you could go anywhere in the world right now and be a doctor, where would you go?"Melino: "Burundi of course, there is no where else better for ...

Independence Day and general observations, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Independence Day and general observations

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... it through to completion.  Call me a quitter if you must.    In an attempt to summarize my first week in Burundi, here are a number of observations I've made: 1.      People drive on the right side of the road, ...

Contact information - How you can reach me, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Contact information - How you can reach me

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... above, and I will add you to my list.  Also, I can receive regular mail sent c/o Nikondeha, P.O. Box 2810, Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa.  Packages containing anything of value may or may not make it to me intact, but letters should be fine. ...

La Crise, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

La Crise

A travel blog entry by katehoran

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... be the worst place in the world at present. The proximity to such a violent place is one of the worst challenges Burundi faces today. Considering how recent the conflict is, everyone over the age of ten has been significantly affected by it. Noticeably ...

Bicycles - transportation workhorse of Burundi, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Bicycles - transportation workhorse of Burundi

A travel blog entry by pugetview

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Amohoro, We have been so blown away by how hard Burundians work that I just have to post most of the photos I have taken of bicycles. They are everywhere like yellow jackets that have had their nest stepped on. These bicycles are built for work, not ...

Thanksgiving with Burundian Family and Friends, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Thanksgiving with Burundian Family and Friends

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... lack of food or opportunities for thankfulness. Le Menu Roasted Chicken (turkeys are rare and not so tasty in Burundi I'm told) Mashed Potatoes with Gravy Stuffing Green Beans Carrots Buttered Dinner Rolls Tossed Salad Fruit Salad Mini Pizzas ...

One More Housemate, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

One More Housemate

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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I've gotten more comments regarding the gecko (and my fear of it) that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago than anything else I've posted so far, so I feel the need to give a quick update, even though I've already posted once today.  After ...

Risizi National Park, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Risizi National Park

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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Taking advantage of the national holiday Burundi celebrated last week, some friends of mine and I - thank you, Duncan, for organizing and driving - went to Risizi National Park which is just north of Bujumbura off the road that leads to Congo and ...

Chez Moi!, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Chez Moi!

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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After two months of living with American friends in a large, comfortable, sheltered even, house, I am now on my own and living in an apartment in the center of town.  If you have an image in your mind of a trendy, cosmopolitan, multi-storied ...

The House Where I Live - for now, anyway, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

The House Where I Live - for now, anyway

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... two adopted children, Justin and Emma.  They have lived in Surprise, AZ for the past several years but are contemplating a move to Burundi in the next year or so.  Three other Americans also live here - Sarah and Ron Gonski, and Grace Scale - ...

The Sound of Joy, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

The Sound of Joy

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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This week I went over to the house where the 40 Batwa students will be living whom I'll be attempting to teach English and writing stories about for a church in Texas who is supporting them.  I got to chat with a few of them for a little while ...

Much Rejoicing, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Much Rejoicing

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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Next week marks two months exactly that I have lived in Burundi, and I think perhaps I'm beginning to feel a little bit at home here.  I still stand out freakishly and hear calls of "Muzungu" nearly every time I set foot outside the gates of our ...

Burundian Graduation, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Burundian Graduation

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... because it was a while ago, this group of people is the group I'll be working with most closely during my time in Burundi.  (For clarification, Twa is the sort of universal term, Batwa is plural, and Mutwa is singular.)  Arthemon is one of only ...

Le Plage, Bujumbura, Burundi travel blog

Le Plage

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... the Great Lakes Region of East Africa.  It's the second deepest freshwater lake in the world and forms much of the border between Burundi and DRC (Congo).  I have been told to stay out of the water when there are no waves because that's when the ...

American Visitors Part 2 - Busekera and Kibira, Kibira, Burundi travel blog

American Visitors Part 2 - Busekera and Kibira

A travel blog entry by christyjean

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... , we returned to Busekera Thursday morning for a 3-hour hike into Kibira National Forest, the last remaining natural forest in Burundi. Because the Batwa originally inhabited the forest and still know much more about it than most people, several of them ...

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