First Day in Kigali
Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
38Trip End Dec 10, 2011
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Juliet: I'm in sleeping- all -purpose attire. We awoke at 9:40 and thought we might
have missed breakfast. I splashed water on face and put on last minute crocs
(attached to outside of pack) and walked out of room. We were last
breakfasters. But our timing was impeccable. Met Belgian tv star* and ate exotic
fruits and amazing coffee and the brightest yellow eggs. Now back to room to get
*Bart Peeters, singer and radio and talk show host. He and others from the
Het Laatse Nieuws newspaper are documenting a Belgian humanitarian doctors group
(drs without vacations
After breakfast it took us awhile to play on cell phone and computer and get our stuff together to go out. Juliet was quite assertive, in a nice way, and managed to get us a better room....much nicer....we have a little suite with living room and refrigerator, bath and bedroom. Tonight we are using the mosquito net...I got several stings while outside eating our supermarket dinner and chatting with some of the tour members. On our way out to the center of town, we changed some money at an unfavorable, but convenient, rate at the Beausejour.
Once out and walking along Airport Blvd to the city center, we asked to make sure we were on the right path and were convinced by a gentleman that we should take the bus. We weren't exactly sure how the system worked or how much it would cost...it ended up costing a dollar for the two of us. It had started raining so we had to dodge some raindrops but didn't really get wet. The Tourist Bureau was closed so we basically walked around trying to find something of interest, e.g., some local markets.
We didn't find a big produce market but checked out a number of the local shops. Juliet bought a big bag for extras...at the end of the trip...and some little wooden spoons at a Rwandan craft shop next to the German Butchery. Both of those stores were quite interesting. We, or rather Juliet, bargained for some bananas from some produce vendors on the street, got a purple avocado that turned out to be perfectly ripe, and I got to take a bunch of photos of young men on the street. It was a fun little jaunt and we got the bus back just in time to move to our new room and go to the tour meeting
We met our guide Frederick and the rest of the group...mostly Australian young people, with an Irish woman and 2 men from Quebec. We got to give over our local payment...and not have to worry so much about having it stolen...and listen to the tour rules. After that, Juliet & I went back to the grocery up the street to rustle up some dinner food...yogurt and some savory pastries that are like empanadas, or maybe more like samosas. Juliet was not able to convince anyone to go to Hotel Rwanda for dinner which was a shame because I hadn't seen the movie and would have loved to see the hotel. We ate our food and kept the French-speakers company while they waited for their restaurant dinners to arrive. We shared the avocado and the fruit the Belgian woman gave us this morning. Now we are in our wonderful new room doing our phone/computer stuff & getting ready for bed so we can be off tomorrow morning by 8:30 am. A nice late start.