After the crappy bus journey we were pretty much ready to hide in our pretty crappy hotel room but instead soldiered on and went for a walk ...
. all the way to the Democratic Republic of Congo!!! Which sounds really really far but was actually just down the road. So we waved at it and went on our merry way for a beer to watch the sunset over the lake and the DRC. It turns out the DRC isn't just perpetually raging with war and always on fire as our preconceptions would have liked us to believe. There were actually loads of really beautiful lake shore mansions along the bits of coast we could see that wouldn't have looked out of place on the French riviera. Must be all those illegally smuggled diamonds we told ourselves.
We had planned to do a tour of the brewery but the guard wasn't interested in a cheeky bribe to show us around so we went off to have a drink and a picnic on the beautiful lake Kivu. Only problem is that any decent spots to sit by the lake have been taken over by posh resorts. After much searching KK and I saw a nice looking private beach from way up on the cliff top. We scrambled down to the waters edge but then were foiled by the gardener, luckily he only needed a 1 passion fruit bribe to keep schtum.
Also, this place has the worlds smallest bananas, phact!
Another hellish bus journey up the West of Rwanda, during which we eternally played the 'space game'. The space game goes something like this; there is a 3 person seat (2 person anywhere in Europe) which doesn't really fit 3 people on, during the course of the journey humans are packed on like cattle until there are 4 or 5 sharing the seat, all the time the unspoken space game has been taking place. In order to save your minuscule piece of bus seat space you must tense all your muscles and lock yourself into position. A few seconds in concentration lapse can leave you crunched into a space the size of a peanut. Anyway, whilst on the bus the lady next to me pulled the trump card in the space game by puking on my leg... several times. I eventually heeded space and then further space when the baby attached to her back crapped itself, you win Africa... this time!