|I can't edit the map feature right now, otherwise you would see that we were in Kigali and Ruhengeri today on the map. Maybe later it will work. And it is too slow for photos, so wait until Jinja or Arusha. I don't have as many as I wish but it hard from a bus and I don't want to flash it around town too much.
We left at 7am to cross the boarer into Rwanda. These are earlier starts then I thought we would be having. After all this is Africa - I didn't think anyone hurried. We drove down from Lake Bunyoni back into the valley and into the fog. At the boarder there was quite a bit of traffic and confusion over who was driving where, but we finally made it through the traffic jam.
Rwanda is stunning. It is considered the Alps of Africa -even steeper hills than Uganda - more like mountains and completely terraced and cultivated. It doesn't seem like a single space is left to nature. I noticed one soccer field though.
We stopped at the genocide memorial in Kigali. It is too moving for words. My eyes were so blurry that I could barely read the signs. I'm glad I got the audio guide. The most tear-wrenching part is at the end when you see photos of some of the 1 million victims and even skulls and bones there were found in mass graves and along the roads. I couldn't help but cry. More than 300,000 children were orphaned and thousands of women who were raped either have died or are living with AIDS purposely transmitted to them.
Our next destination is Ruhengeri, which is the hub of gorilla and golden monkey trekking. Surprisingly, only Philip, Jerry and I are trekking to see the monkeys tomorrow. This is the only place to see them! Why not go? We are staying in a convent, which is very nice. No camping. We are all in the same dorm. We are happy to do laundry and have a jaunt about town. It is very safe here and the town is small with shops and that is about it. Time to go explore some more........
I'll report more later after the monkeys and gorillas. I hope you are all enjoying this.