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May 23, 2009 - Rwanda

We arrived safely in Rwanda after a brief stopover in Johannesburg where we stayed with MS's friends. Kigali in a lovely city - very modern and clean. Our first outing was to try and change some money which was easier said than done but we eventually found a place. Walking around the streets was a real experience as we stood out like sore thumbs as there were no other tourists in sight. Our first experience with the locals was a small girl (probably about 5) approaching us and saying "Give me all your money". We were not sure how to reply...

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Mar 20, 2009 - Kigali

Another beautiful drive through lush green valleys got us to the capital of Rwanda, Kigali. Today is Steve and Muriel's 33rd wedding anniversary, which was supposed to be spent with the gorillas, but as we're a day ahead of schedule, the 'highlight' was a visit to the Genocide Museum instead! We caught bodas (motorcycle taxis) to the museum, which was hilarious! Weaving in and out of traffic with a helmet that didn't fit and just flopped around my head every time I looked up, down or sideways!! Geoff had to get off his and find another one...

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Jan 14, 2009 - The Road to Rwanda

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...

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Sep 23, 2008 - Into Rwanda we go!

It was a long journey on Sunday from the Hairy Lemon near Jinga up to Lake Bunyoni where we were staying for the night before continuing into Rwanda where we were trekking to see the mountain gorillas. It ended up being a 12 hour drive and the roads were pretty rough going! Our campground was right on the lake which is over 6000ft deep and doesn’t have any fish in it! We enjoyed another chilled evening as it was going to be an early start to get into Rwanda. On Monday 12 of us boarded our minivan that would take us to the Volcano National...

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Sep 23, 2008 - Gigantic, Gorgeous Gorillas!

What a day to remember!!!!!!!!!! We were all really excited about trekking to view the mountain gorillas and after such a long drive over the past few days we were ready! We headed to the headquarters at the National Park where we were put in groups and met our guides, Hop and Vincent. They gave us a briefing and explained what the deal was! In summary... we were off to find the Sabyino family of Mountain Gorillas – with the Silverback being the biggest in the world at 250kg!!! There were 8 gorillas in the family and we saw pictures so we...

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Sep 8, 2008 - Kigali

Kigali, sprawled over ridges, hills and valleys, it is a small, attractive city with superb views over the intenseivley cultivated and terraced countryside beyond. In stark contrast to the beauty of the city we will visit the Kigali Memorial Centre and the Nyamata memorial south of the city, a reminder of the horrific genocide that was allowed to occure here.

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Mar 21, 2008 - Kigali

Coming back to Hotel Gloria, the fellow in charge was very nice...even tho we did not speak directly to him when we left(we talked to another fellow and explained that tho we had paid for the nite of the 20th we were leaving town and wanted our payment to be applied to tonite). He even put us in a better room and moved a 3rd bed in so we wouldn't have to pay any extra. Made the bed, brought us water, and just in general saw to it that we were as comfortable as possible given the state of the place...this room was definitely cleaner as well.

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Mar 19, 2008 - Kigali, Rwanda

11/20/2016 UPDATE: BBC Energy for Africa Lake Kivu & Energy for Africa We had arranged the day before for the taxi to pick us up so he did and drove us to town and dropped us in front of the Skyline Hotel where we were told the bus from Kampala would stop on its way thru. It did and we hopped on at noon. After some very huge bumps in the road(put us airborne!) which we thoroughly felt being at the very back of the bus, the road settled down and was smooth the rest of the way, arr. in Kigali about 4;30. Now in French land again we attempted...

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Feb 18, 2008 - Rwanda Report: Part II

Rwanda Report, February 18, 2008 All elective surgery cancelled today at the “tertiary care” university hospital in the capital city of Kigali. The reason would be unusual for us, not that rare here: only a few endotracheal tubes left in the whole hospital, which must be reserved for emergencies. This is a recurring pattern with equipment, supplies and drugs, and a source of endless frustration for the established anesthesiologists here and in Butare. By day’s end a supply was located, and tomorrow they will resume the lists of six month...

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Rwanda Update 2008

Feb 12, 2008 - Rwanda Report: Part I

Into second week in Rwanda and it’s been a fascinating and eventful trip so far. I wanted to provide you with a taste of the experiences encounted during the first part of the visit here. The elements conspired against, with the huge snowstorm in southern Ontario on the day of departure, which threatened to cancel our flight. However, made it to Toronto airport, and to our surprise took off before midnight for Amsterdam. Spent the afternoon there, then a second all-nighter to Nairobi and finally a short flight to Kigali, 36 hours of travel...

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Rwanda Update 2008

Dec 2, 2007 - Rwanda: Genocide Museum

We reached the border a little before lunchtime. The exit/entrance visa procedure was an old hat to us by now, we all piled out of our matatu, stood in line and walked down the dirt road, weaving through semi-trucks and beggars on our way into Rwanda. The Rwandan and US government have a special arrangement, US citizen are allowed into the country with no visa fee, no questions asked, and Rwandan citizens are eligible for a 10-year visa in the United States, no questions asked. It seems the US government is attempting to apologize for past...

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Kenya Exchange 2007

Oct 11, 2007 - Yes...Rwanda

I know what you are thinking. Why the **** Paul in Rwanda??? Sadly, Rwanda is often associated with genocide. In one of the most horrific events in history, almost 1 million people were killed here in 1994 in a matter of weeks most hacked to death by machete. More positively, Rwanda is also famous for the mountain gorillas in the Parc National de Volcans which is what drew me here. It is impossible, however, to not contemplate the events of 1994. The genocide behind them, Paul Kagame (Rwanda's forward looking president) has instituted a...

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East Africa 2007

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