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Oct 10, 2012 - Rwanda Arrival

Our flight out of Johannesburg airport was again delayed, but arrival was only 15 minutes late! Rwandair was a nice airline to fly...too bad our flight to Kilimanjaro was canceled. Rwanda does not allow plastic bags, both Gary's and Ali's bags from the Duty Free store were taken away from them. There are all kinds of motorcycles on corners, looks like a gang, but they are taxis and the drivers have an extra helmet. We arrived at our 5 star hotel...old and clean but could use some updating! Free wifi bit we couldn't get on with our IPad....

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Out in Africa

Jul 27, 2012 - Kigali by bus...South Africa by plane

Friday, the 27th- Aaron and Deanne finished their Peace Corps conference by noon, and we took off by Coaster bus for Kigali with all of our luggage. Ron road shotgun and he likened the experience to riding the front car on the Mamba at Worlds of Fun. I sat midway back and watched a local man browse and create Word docs in Kinyarwandan language. What an amazing mixture of modern and ancient technology in Rwandan! I sit on the bus watching hundreds of villagers hoe their land with pick axes or carrying huge loads on their heads as they walk....

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Summer Safari

Jul 19, 2012 - Rwanda at last!!!!

We made it!!!! The 9 hour flight from London landed in Nairobi, and then we boarded our last flight for Kigali (see Ron in photo). We had one brief stop in Bujumbura, Burundi...then we landed in Kigali! Our bags made it with us and Aaron and Deanne were waiting just outside of baggage claim. It was heavenly to put our arms around them!!! They put us in a taxi and we were taken to a missionary family home who are currently on leave. We met A&D's wonderful PCV friend, Markey Culver, who is house-sitting for the Greens. They have two wonderful...

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Summer Safari

Jan 25, 2012 - Isaro

Heading to Rwanda I knew what to expect in terms of the poverty and life styles I would see but I never expected that it would change the way I see the world. Prior to going I learnt as much as I could about the country's past so I could better understand the people. I knew that they had moved past the horrors that had happened to them and it was their faith and trust in God that helped them through it, but I didn't realize how forgiving this country has been to the people that committed these crimes against them. This trip has given me a...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Kigali Memorial Centre and Homeward Bound

Drive to Kigali Photos Kigali Genocide Memorial Flight Brussels - Newark I think that it’s probably fitting that I feel sad today while I attempt to write this final trip entry. I awoke before my alarm on my last day in Africa and went through the usual routine but for the last time. I struggled more than other mornings lugging what now seemed to be very heavy bags to the truck. Our seat rotation system in the truck had me in the front seat by the door and it was turn next to the window – I had circled the entire truck...

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Jan 22, 2011 - Retour a Kigali / Zurück nach Kigali

Zurück nach Kigali – wir kommen gegen 23 Uhr am Abend wieder in Kigali an und sind froh, dass mit dem Auto alles easy geklappt hat. Am nächsten Morgen geben wir den Wagen dann wieder zurück und frühstücken zusammen mit Hans, bei dem wir wieder übernachten. Am frühen Nachmittag machen wir uns auf den Weg Richtung Nationalstadion – zur Zeit findet in Ruanda die afrikanische Fußballmeisterschaft der U17 statt, und Ruanda hat es vor heimischen Publikum ins Finale geschafft. Am Stadion angekommen merken wir schnell, dass es nicht so einfach...

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Jan 13, 2011 - Kigali

Nach 2 Tagen in Butare fahren wir weiter nach Kigali, der Hauptstadt Ruandas, wo wir Hans treffen, unseren nächsten Couchsurfer. Hans hat ein kleines Haus in einem populären Stadtteil, in dem wir unser eigenes Zimmer bekommen, und er arbeitet wie fast alle anderen Belgier, die wir bisher in Ruanda und Burundi getroffen haben auch für die belgische GTZ. Am Nachmittag organisieren wir uns einen Mietwagen für die kommende Woche. Auf der Suche nach einem offiziellen Mietwagen treffen wir durch Zufall in einem Büro jemand, der eine Schwester...

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Nov 10, 2010 - Mzungas in the Mist

Well...you can imagine our surprise, when on the morning of our flight from Mombasa through Nairobi to Kigali, Rwanda...we got an email from David Parsons' (teacher in Shelburne)brother who works in the Canadian Embassy in Kigali that as of November 1, 2010 - Canadians require Visas to enter the country. Yikes...after the financial fiasco of wiring money for the gorilla trekking permits AND figuring out the flights on Kenya Airways....we might have problems getting in. We quickly printed off the forms before our taxi to the airport and...

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Nov 7, 2010 - What we miss & don't miss!

WHAT WE MISS! 1. Family and friends of course 2. The kids at school (and our colleagues as well). 3. Our cottage - just to relax and enjoy nature 4. Being able to use our Credit Card everywhere...we feel like we are drug dealers with the amount of cash we carry around. 5. Electric door locks on hotels...we are always turning the skeleton keys the wrong way and they are very noisy. 6. Certain food items - cold, low fat milk, diet pop and ice. 7. Wearing jeans. 8. Good feather pillows - we brought our own travel pillows which we have...

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Jul 29, 2010 - Ntarama Genocide Memorial

http://www.kigalimemorialcentre.org/old/centre/other/ntarama.html Ntarama is a town in the rural Kigali Province, situated in an area known as Bugesera. The association of Bugesera with genocidal development is a long one. For decades, there have been forced population movements and frequent massacres. About an hour's drive southwards from Rwanda's capital city, Kigali, the red-brick church at Ntarama is peacefully situated, shadowed by acacia trees. Ntarama Church, however, is the site where some of the most brutal killings of the 1994...

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Jul 2, 2010 - Kigali - June 30-July 2

June 30, 2010 Today we did a whole lot of nothing! We got up and had our excellent breakfast at the hotel and then got a taxi into town. The main aim was to get stamps for our postcards but the driver was an idiot and took us to the now derelict old post office. He then tried to claim double the fare to take us to the actual one and bring us back to the city centre. We were really annoyed as the fare was enough as it was without feeling we were being ripped off taken to the wrong place. We decided to get out and have a walk around and we...

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Jun 26, 2010 - Kigali - June 26

June 26, 2010 Finally checked in, we headed to the departure gates and grabbed a quick drink and bought some Mars Bars as snacks for our trekking in a vain attempt to use up our final Tanzanian shillings, an attempt which proved unsuccessful as there was not a single thing else we wanted to buy! We had been chatting to a couple from America in our hotel in Zanzibar and they had warned us that Ethiopian Airlines, our carrier of choice for this journey, hardly ever ran on time. It was no surprise then that the first leg of our journey today...

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