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Jan 11, 2011 - Butare

Von Bujumbura aus geht es weiter Richtung Norden immer weiter den Ostafrikanischen Grabenbruch entlang nach Ruanda. Am Grenzübergang die erste kleine Überraschung: alle Taschen werden durchsucht und Plastetüten werden konfisziert, da diese in Ruanda aus Gründen des Umweltschutz nicht erlaubt sind. Wir hatten vor der Abfahrt davon schon gehört und deshalb vorsorglich alle Tüten ganz unten im Rucksack verstaut, unter der Schmutzwäsche der letzten Tage . Aber natürlich haben sie solange gesucht, bis sie bei Emilie im Rucksack was gefunden...

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Nov 13, 2006 - Reconciliation in Rwanda

WE'RE FRESHLY BACK in Kigali after a wonderfully relaxing few days in Kibuye on Lake Kivu, the western edge of Rwanda. We hadn't realized how tired we were; the simple comfort of a clean room with a bathroom (running water! hot shower!!) lulled us into extra hours of sleep. Sweet. Yes, even stunning birds - check out the red-chested and scarlet-chested sunbirds, names that hardly capture their iridescent, multi-colored beauty. Kibuye was one of the hardest-hit regions during the genocide, with an estimated 90% of the Tutsi population...

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Sep 11, 2005 - "Butare, oh oh, cantare, oh oh oh oh..."

Butare is a city south of Kigali and the "intellectual capital" of Rwanda. The national university and the national museum are there. And not much else. We rented a car, which came with a driver (much to our suprise). The journey was about 2 hours through lovely hilly countryside. The roads are amazing - built by Germans. Smooth as glass. Along the way there were lots of banana trees and coffee plants. And small houses of the local people. Some were painted in loud colors, some just with painted doors (blue seemed to be most popular) and...

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