Hotel Garni Du Centre
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... that there was some organization in place. For one thing, the bus station was relatively clean and all the boda bodas (motorbike taxi drivers) were wearing vests and had two helmets. This was an absolute first. We had not seen this anywhere else in Africa! There was definitely something different and special about Rwanda. Maybe it was the fact that the city is set amongst stark rolling hills and had such a strong commitment to cleanliness or maybe it was the knowledge ...
... armed with guns, clubs and machetes and set up road blocks
with the sole purpose of killing the Tutsi people. The UN had
peacekeeping soldiers on the ground who were aware of what was
happening but could not act under their orders. Indeed the UN were
advised in advance that Belgium soldiers in the UN would be killed
before the killing of 10 of them. This action resulted in the
Belgiums being withdrawn and a force of ...
... by big smiles and laughs from Jack my night guard and the lady in the local shop gave me a massive hug and shouted Muzungo excitedly when I returned! It was so lovely and made me feel like I belong. The biggest difference I have found is the response from the local children. Rather than running away or hiding, like they did initially, some of the children will now run up to greet me often shouting and laughing in excitement and giving me big cuddles. Which always puts a ...
... s past. Approximately 1 million people were
killed, (including women, children and the elderly). Since then, Rwanda has
achieved the seemingly impossible and today appears a stable and calm country.
There is no longer the separation of the people as Tutsi or Hutu, now there is
only the Rwandan people as a whole and they appear to be working together to
create a better Rwanda.
Day 2- Genocide museum, by PB
Today Theo drove us
... multilingual in the near future.
I prefer a bucket shower to a regular shower, even if the shower water is hot and decent water pressure. Bucket showers are much more efficient.
This one has been a very, incredibly slow progression, but I am decreasing the frequency that I say polite words such as "please" and "thank you" and "sorry" (that has been the one that has lingered the longest and remained the most frequently used). It's pretty uncommon for people ...