Get In The Water!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

These past three weekends, Jacobo, Cazey, and I decided to go crazy and take a few "away" trips to switch it up and really take advantage of this amazing Africa weather!

The first weekend trip was brought on by Jake's housemates and himself. They all planned to go to Kibuye for the weekend so Jake invited us to join them. Since people had to work, we left Kigali on Friday afternoon and touched down in the evening at Home Saint Jean, a nice cheap hotel on the lake. We all hung out at the hotel for the night since we got in late and some people had a tour early next morning. So the next day, all of Jake’s housemates did their thing in town, and the Three Amigos went swimming in the lake. After a nice dip, the three of us went to town to pick up some snacks because we were going to camp out on Amahoro Island for the night. Some way somehow, we were able to manage carrying our bags, our tents, and a bunch of brown paper bags full of munchies and food on the motos to the boat olo. Our boat guy, Everiste, convinced us to take a longer tour on the lake and visit “Volcano” (really named Napoleon olo) Island, where millions of bats are at. It was crazyyyy! We got on the island and some guys and Everiste just started clapping and yelling and running in the trees and throwing rocks at them and a bunch of bats started flying around. More and more kept coming out while we yelled and clapped…out of nowhere dude, the sky was full of bats. After that crazy adventure, we touched down on Amahoro and staked our tents…got a little fire going (we were proud of that little fire man olo) and we hung out, talking and munching on our snacks until all three of us fell asleep on the ground near the fire olo. In the morning, we had a nice little swim…the boys took an hour and a half roundtrip swim to a neighboring island… I was like “I’ll pass, thankssss” olo…and when they got back, we hung on the island until we decided to head back to Kigali. 

The next weekend trip, the three of us went back out west to camp out on Amahoro Island again (since the week before was so great!), but this time it was a lot more different. One of Jake’s friends was leaving Rwanda soon so we had a going away weekend. There were literally about 40 people on this tiny island that the previous weekend only had 3 olo. Once again, we got in Friday night (had to make the snack/food stop in town…and once again, I don’t know how we all managed with all the stuff we had on us), but this time, setting up camp was a lot harder with so many people. Saturday, everyone got up at random times and some people were swimming and some people were just chillen on the island, cooking and hanging out. In the afternoon, someone decided to call a boat guy to take them to “Volcano” Island to check out the bats. I was going to pass on the trip since I had already seen them, but everyone on the island at that point was going so I just went. It was a real Dominican moment when we somehow managed to fit like 19 people on a 15 passenger boat and not tip the boat over (though there were many close calls olo). Small world, I was sitting next to some girl on the boat that graduated high school with my college roommate Finn. Since this boat guy was not Everiste (best boat guy ever), Random Boat Guy just dropped us off, not even in the right spot, and left us to figure out how to see the bats. Well, it was noooo easy task olo. We wound up hiking up to the top of the mountain, not even on a trail olo, but on the way up, Jake, Case, and I coached the others how to coax the bats out of their sleep and we did get to see some, but in the distance. We set sail back to our tents and just chilled for the rest of the weekend trip.

The last weekend of our extravaganza, Jacobi, Stock, and I decided to take it to another level and go to Bujumbura, Burundi. Jake knew some Indian dude named Vivek and let me tell you, this guy is the man. He hooked us upppppp. When we got there, he lent us a huge car (which we kinda sorta hit and messed up a bit of the bumper olo, trying to get out of our hotel parking lot which is the smallest parking lot in the world) and showed us a good time in the new country! We found a real cheap hotel and Friday night, we found our way to a small sketchy beach. We were dead tired from traveling all day that we called it an early night. The next morning, after breakfast, we hit the town to exchange some money and get gas…well we quickly discovered that there was no gas available in the country, except for Diesel…luckily, some guy told us our truck took Diesel so we were sawa (okay). After all the morning fuss in town, we all went to the Bora Bora beach for the day (a very muzungu beach, with an outdoor pool on the sand of the beach). It was an amazingggg day, chillen on a comfy mattress on the beach, swimming in the non-salt water water? Olo, and hanging with Vivek and his friend. That night we were able to go to a US Marine party at the US Embassy in Bujumbura which was a cool experience.  Sunday morning, we were supposed to take a 12 pm bus back to Kigali, but Vivek told us that he was driving up to Kigali Monday at dawn so we can stay an extra day. Casey decided to go back, but Jake and I were so down to stay another day. After Casey left, we went back to Bora Bora and spent the day there again (because it is just the best beach ever olo). Late in the afternoon, Vivek called us and invited us to a pool party at a mansion. This was the biggest house I’ve ever been in!! We met a bunch of business people there and had some burgers and stuff. Such a cool time after a great time at the beach. Being that there was a gas problem, Vivek couldn’t drive us in the morning because he could not find gas, so Jake and I were going to go back to Bora Bora, but it’s closed on Mondays (ahhhh!). We continued to the next beach over, Geny’s Beach, and hung out there (it was nowhere near as sick as Bora Bora, but we were still able to swim!). After we swam, we dropped off Vivek’s car at his house, ate lunch at the Indian restaurant he owns, and headed back to Kigali. That Bujumbura trip was one to remember foreverrrrrr olo.

Everything is what you make of it. Well, these three consecutive weekends were for sure some of the best times and memories of my life, real talk. The Three Amigos took over everywhere we went and if it wasn’t for my two guys, I know I would not have had as great of a time as I did. I got to relax, swim, enjoy the weather, and hang out with two of the best friends I know! We definitely have to do another trip like that again before we leave. I love my homies man!
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