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Travel Blogs from Gisenyi
... br> The bus stopped again, 15 minutes later, after having just got out of town. The bus driver pulled over in a village, got down and proceeded to wait again to fill the bus with passengers that did not exist. After some deliberation, strolling around, negotiating with moto-taxis, being terrified by young curious strangers with machetes and making friends with a couple of English and French speaking Rwandans on the bus, we set off again.
15 minutes later, after being ...
... and using candles for light. On average there are about 2/3 power cuts a day here.
One of the funniest things about being in this part of Africa is the constant "How are you?" greetings from all the kids, they see the white man coming and erupt into a chorus of how are you. Popping up from behind a heard of goats or from the top random trees or even behind a closed door of a house I passed the other day. They say it perfectly and you think they ...
... br> At the bus station we are told this is the bus, a 15 seater panel
van. We ask "big bus?" No, only this one. 2 hours in a local bus,
okay! So in our luggage goes, by removing the sacks of vegetables to
make room. We set off with about 6 passengers, but quickly the van
fills as the we stop frequently. It is a local bus and stops as
often as it is flagged by waiting passengers. Great fun. We get a
lot of attention through ...
... where you can
message and send pics by internet. So we linked up. I carefully
asked about whether she had brothers and sisters. She thought for a
bit then said 4 brothers and two sisters. Then came the unexpected!
There were 11 of us but 4 were killed in the genocide. Later she
commented that she lived with her uncle, her parents also murdered
in the genocide. She was 23, so only 4 when this happened. She had
... was LJ from Hawaii.
Our guides, Francis and another whose name we forgot, gave interesting tidbits about the gorillas. Now there are 886 left, spread between Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda. The average life span is 35-45 years and the gestational period is the same as humans, 9 months. Females can start conceiving at age 9 and can have up to 5-6 babies during their life. A gorilla is considered a baby up to 31/2 and usually never leaves their mother's side. Male ...