Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
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All packed up and ready to go this morning as we said our goodbyes to those not heading up into the mountains and loaded up into our safari type vehicles for the ~2 ½ hour drive to Lake Kivu and tomorrow's GORLLA TREKKING adventure.
The road begins it ascent right after leaving Kigali and the countryside is GORGEOUS! Hill after hill …
... everyone here says sorry (komera) compulsively; people don’t like to eat in public; people sweep and clean rather constantly and are quite hygienic and don’t like putting things on the floor; there’s very much a sense of communal-ness/ taking one for the team. AKA ALL OF MY WEIRD NEUROSES AND QUIRKS ALREADY EXIST HERE AND ARE TOTALLY NORMAL! So weird, but also awesome!
I have to say, the last few months of my life have been ...
... of generally irreverent, I thought. As we talked it came out that one of the Rwandese men was from the area, and as more and more came out, I read between the lines that either he must have been a genocidaire (French/Kinyarwanda for someone a genocide perpetrator), or if he was too young at the time, then his family had been genocidaires. They asked us to get a drink with them afterward, and I could not do anything but politely refuse. I just couldn’t. This is something I ...
... even more grey. When I had my mugging incident, someone told me I shouldn't have been out with only one girl with me. I can understand not walking alone, but to say that I need a male escort in the middle of the day in a nice part of town? Too much. But I'm not sure what can be done for any of these issues, except to forge ahead- to make sure those mothers are able to study, to push forward women leaders, and to demand the right and privilege to walk ...
... that there is a stereotype that Rwandans will always respond to a question with another question. Eg, I asked a policeman if I was at the right bus stop to get to Kacyiru, to which he responded “What do you want me to do?” Apparently it’s a just thing. A ridiculous conversation between my coworkers went like this:
“Hey, which sectors will we visit tomorrow?”
“Do you think that I know?”