Gisenyi, Why Did It Rain On Me?

Trip Start May 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 30, 2006

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Friday, August 4, 2006

A shoe horn was required this time, but I got into the minibus for the 2 hour journey to Gisenyi. The bus fare was only about 2 US Dollars, I'd have loved to have bought 2 tickets so that I could travel with at least a little more comfort, but I just knew that it wouldn't work out that way, these minibuses never leave ANYONE at the side of the road that wants to travel. By the time I got to Gisenyi a number of people had got off the bus allowing the blood to flow to my limbs again.

I have to say, there isn't much in Gisenyi. The lake looks great but I was accompanied by foul weather meaning that it was pretty much robbed of it's best attraction. However I spent many an hour reading my guidebook, reading my book, writing my diary and of course writing my beloved travelpod!

The room that I had in the hostel was way in the corner, right beside the kitchens. I'd love to say that I got on well with the staff, but all they seemed to do was say hello and then laugh. Perhaps that was them being friendly, or maybe I had something stuck to my forehead for two days. One afternoon I came out my room to find them all plucking chickens, with feathers everywhere. I know it probably sounds naive, but you forget sometimes that people have to do this, I thought it was brilliant to see.

Ermmm, that's about it, Gisenyi was chilled, but I now have a plan and an idea of how to execute it. I'm heading back to Uganda and then down the west side of Lake Victoria. It's not a convensional route so I think there may be a few problems to sort out along the way! At least that's part of the fun!
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