Would you like your Fanta hot or cold?

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


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Monday, July 11, 2005

Day the Thirty-fourth - in which we enunciate really slowly, and delay our departure.

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My bad tummy kept me up all night - it is getting better, but still... The food last night is definitely the culprit, not because there was anything wrong with it, just because I haven't eaten for a while and my stomach wasn't ready for it. As I said yesterday - totally worth it!

So, not a particularly early start and when we did get out we were told there was no minibus to Kigali until 11am. We sat and tried to order breakfast [omelette, omelette or omelette]. I had a Fanta since I'm not up to grease. On the upside, when the bus arrived it was nice. We sat in the back for a while, waiting for it to leave and a child with only one leg begged to us through the open boot. It's even more difficult than usual here in Rwanda, since you wonder about the history of some of these street kids [and adults]. She didn't look old enough to be alive when the genocide happened though.

As I said, Rwanda is a tiny country, so it didn't take long to get to Kigali. We tried the Auberge again, but they had no rooms. We then flagged down a taxi to take us to Hotel Gloria. This provided endless amusement all day with conversations like this:

"Hotel Gloria, please."
"Hotel Gorilla?"
"No, Glor-ee-ah."
"Gor-eelah?"
"G-LOR-ee-ah!"

ad nauseam

We'd always get there eventually, usually with the aid of the map and a lot of pointing.

For lunch we happened upon an awesome place. It did a buffet lunch thing for business people at the Terra Nova restaurant - good food, good price.

Then, as we were in the area, went trawling through the stalls looking for souvenirs. Found a couple of masks small enough to put in our backpacks, and some really nice batiks.

In the afternoon we got motos across to the Genocide Memorial, but we'd left it too late and it was shut.




We decided to stay in Kigali an extra day and spend tomorrow going out to one of the Genocide Memorials out of town as well [these ones are actual scenes of massacres, as opposed to the Centre in Kigali which is more of an informative museum.]

Then more photos of Kigali as the sun set.




For dinner we headed out on motos to get pizza at Havana Club. It was shut too! Instead we found a Chinese which turned out to be very nice. My appetite is almost back. And when we got back my tummy was fine. Yey!
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