Arrival in Burundi
Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
14Trip End Oct 09, 2012
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Where I stayed
I caught the hotel shuttle to the airport, arriving at 8:00 for my 9:50 flight. Formalities went smoothly, and the Kenya Airways flight left on time. The plane was one of their new Embraers, smaller than the 737s they used to rely on almost solely.
It’s a very short flight to Bujumbura, so we arrived about half an hour after we took off. The only interesting thing that happened on arrival was that the immigration agent turned to the wrong page in my passport and looked at my Congolese visa instead of the Burundian, he was about to stamp the passport, when he paused and stared carefully at the visa. I figured he realized his mistake. But after looking at the visa closely, he stamped my passport anyway and waved me through. Had I known, I could have saved myself $90….
Moise was waiting to meet me and drove me to the hotel in the center of Bujumbura. Nothing appeared to have changed. Nathan was not with him because his older brother is quite ill, apparently with the effects of diabetes, and may have to have a foot amputated. Nathan was with him at the hospital.
I talked with Moise for a while at the hotel and then he went to see Nathan, and we agreed that we would all meet later in the afternoon.
It was lunchtime by then. The Botanika has an excellent French-style restaurant at lower African prices. It’s a favorite in Bujumbura among the expatriate crowd; eating here is a pleasure.
I caught up on more office work in the afternoon, around 4:00 Moise and Nathan came by and we caught up on all the news and finalized plans for the next few days. Mr. Mundeli would arrive later in the evening. We plan a 07:30 departure tomorrow morning for a day of leadership seminars in Cibitoke province, in our hall in Massango. It’s the rainy season; a light rain fell during the day, and we’ll have a bit of a hike to get to the Massango hall, so I’ll have to dress accordingly.