To the hills

Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
Trip End Aug 18, 2005

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Saturday, July 9, 2005

Ruhengeri has been renamed Musanze

Day the Thirty-second - in which we hear about terrorists in London, and I am full of woe because I can't eat The Most Tasty Food Ever.


Eeep! Up all night being ill. Nice. At one point I woke up with not enough time to get to the bathroom, and Stef miraculously fell out of bed half-asleep and opened the catch on the window just in time for me to throw up out of it. I felt rough as.

Bit better this morning, but took it easy. The hotel owner offered to take me to the doctor, but I figured I'd see how I got on. Not a lot to be done other than let it run its course.

Packed up and moved out late morning, getting a taxi and stopping en route to buy a bag of Maraba coffee. Took a minibus to Ruhengeri - nice and cramped, but ok due to the window being open a crack.

We got to see some of Rwanda [the last minibus ride being mostly in the dark].

The lady sat next to us sort of demanded we take down her details - we think she was a tour rep - and then suggested in a forceful manner that we get off earlier than we wanted to and check into a certain hotel. Stupid woman. Not only was the hotel more than we were prepared to pay, but there weren't enough rooms left.

So we had to walk the last stretch to where we were originally headed for. The upside of this was that we ran into Bonny and Donna and all ended up staying in the same place. The walk involved a certain amount of nausea on my part, and a startling piece of news. Bonny said something about hoping that everyone we knew was alright after the bombing, and my immediate thought was of the Bali bomb. Don't ask me why. After a second of internal "huh?" I heard Stef say, "What bomb?" They then gave us a brief run down on what happened in London on the 7th which, needless to say, was shocking, not least of all because it had happened 2 days earlier and we had no idea. Stef was slightly worried about his sister, Mimi. So, whoa. Not clear on what really happened - something about a bus bomb - so the internet was the first stop. Kinda feeling that with the current political climate it's probably safer to be in Africa...

Also bought some chocolate bars for the trek tomorrow, and then met up with Bonny and Donna to find a 4WD to take us to Kinigi at 6am.

Ruhengeri is right next to the Parc National des Volcans so the volcanoes are visible from town - these two being Gahinga, 3,474m (left) and Muhabura, 4,127m (right).

The guidebook recommended a good restaurant and we weren't disappointed. Well, I was, but that was because I couldn't eat anything. Stef said it was excellent - goat kebabs and tilapia. The only slight downer was the American girl sat on the next table. She was whining and I seriously wanted to tell her just to go home and not get out of bed. Miserable woman!

I was able to talk my doxy tonight, which is a good thing. Early night - fingers crossed I feel well enough for tomorrow.
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