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May 13, 2007 - Mwanza - Biharamulo - Kigali (RWANDA)

Salimos de Mwanza rumbo a Kigali (Rwanda). Estuvimos en la estacion a las 7:30 am, pero el bus termino saliendo a las 8:30am. La pista estaba malisima y a los 30 minutos de camino el bus se malogro'! La caja de cambios se habia malogrado y tuvimos que esperar casi 3 horas hasta que mandaron una nueva y la cambiaron. La pista estaba tan mala que dentro del bus era como estar en una montanha rusa. Nunca he saltado tanto en un bus! Como dicen los gringos, era "the bus ride from hell"! Despues de como 5 horas el bus se volvio a malograr, esta...

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Nov 29, 2006 - Rwanda

Luckily no cannibal tribes around here, or none that we encountered, but the BO levels are still high...so Im assuming Bob hasnt got his act together yet and sent those deoderant cans over. One guy cleared the post office we were in, but he just went about his daily business which I assumed didnt involve bathing at any stage! First stop was the Genocide museum from the atrocities that happened in 1994, a pretty interesting museum, with lots of gory photos and a graveyard out the back that holds over 280,000 bodies. The genocide killed...

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Oct 29, 2006 - Rwanda and the Mountain Gorilla's

After 3 hours at the Rwandan border they decided we weren't all that bad and let us in. Up early the next morning to trek up into the mountains to visit a family of mountain gorilla's - of which there are only 600 left in the wild. We were to visit the Amohoro group - a family of 16, with one silverback and the youngest only 2 months old. They only let 8 visit a group per day, and you are only allowed to spend an hour with them. The gorilla's themselves are under armed guard all day to help protect them against poachers. We only had to trek...

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On the Road Again!

Sep 20, 2006 - Falling in love with rwanda, the genocide memorial and meeting the archbishop of rwanda!!!!!!

WOW I LOVE THIS COUNTRY IT IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING A LAND OF CONE SHAPED HILLS ALL TERRANCED WITH FARM LAND IN THE BOTTOM OF THE STEEP VALLEYS ARE TEA PLANTATIONS RICE PADDYS AND EVERYONE STOPS WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND WAVES TO US CHILDREN ADULTS ALL SMILE AND WAVE WE FEEL LIKE CELEBRATIES THE MZUNGU BUS!!!!!!!!!!!! THE PEOPLE ARE POORER HERE THAN UGANDA AND MUCH LESS WESTERNISED NO MANCHESTER UNITED SHIRTS HERE!! BUT DESPITE ITS VERY TRAGIC RECENT PAST IT SEEMS TO BE A PLACE OF HOPE VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD. BUT I CANT TELL YOU ENOUGH THE...

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Sus' BIG TRIP

Jun 29, 2006 - African Odyssey

With my flight departing on the 3rd and my time here in East Africa drawing to an end, I thought I would try my best to summarize my experiences and hopefully shed some light on what some consider the 'Dark Continent'. First off if anyone ever asks you 'Why would you ever want to go to Africa, I heard its dangerous, dirty and poor'. You should lay into them for being so ignorant. East Africa is a SAFE and fascinating part of the world, with enough variety to satisfy all pleasures. From pristine beaches to snow capped mountains, dense...

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So Many Roads...

Jun 25, 2006 - Rwanda

I love border crossing days. The excitement of entering a new country, another language to learn and another stamp in the passport, exchanging currency on the black market for great rates... The border crossing I took from Uganda into Rwanda is one I won't soon forget. Deciding to bypass the easy, straightfoward crossing from Kabale to Kigali, I took the obscure route past Maku, Kisoro to Cyanika, only 70K but 4 hours. Up and over mountain passes on what im convinced must be the most scenic road in Africa, through bamboo, pine and...

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So Many Roads...

Mar 31, 2006 - Kigali - Rwanda

Passed 10,000kms today!!! One of the better bus rides as far as comfort concerned. Had our own seat and travelling with Ugandans seems like fun. They are a pretty friendly bunch, and there are a lot less hassles at bus stops. Well they were pretty friendly until for the first time, we held up a bus at a border crossing. Getting into Rwanda was not easy, not because they would not let us in, but because it took forever to process and pay for our visa. Maybe seeing the gorillas here instead of Uganda was not such a good idea. Perhaps if you...

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Dec 5, 2005 - Ruanda 7. - 13.11.2005

Matka Nairobista Kigaliin kesti kolme paivaa. Nairobista Kampalaan vetta tuli kaatamalla ja muutenkin kuoppainen tie tulvi valtoimenaan. Bussimatka kesti loputtomiin, joten tarvitsimme lepopaivan Kampalassa, ennen kuin jatkoimme kolmantena paivana Kampalasta Kigaliin. Ei satanut, emmeka saaneet kuin pienen saarnan rajalla, vaikka meilla ei ollut etukateen hankittua viisumia. Sen sijaan jumiuduimme tunneiksi kapealle vuoristotielle, koska bussi ei mahtunut ohittamaan hajonnutta rekkaa. Miehet kaiversivat vuorenseinamaa kasin ja lapioin,...

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Sep 7, 2005 - Kigali

I am writing as I sit here in the Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Hopefully the power won't go out like it did yesterday! Kigali is a pleasant town. The weather is perfect (like Nairobi) and the people are very friendly - although they tend to prefer if you at least try to speak French. Unfortunately, my spoken French is quite rusty. I can read and write pretty well but speaking and understanding - not so much. Evan is very good at restaurant French so he has been carrying me. There are lots of places that speak English, so it's not hard without...

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Oct 15, 2004 - Rwanda Memories

My friend, Josh Tibarimbasa, the young man who stayed with me and Kwame in the United States in the fall of 2003 invited me to go with and his friend David to Kigali, Rwanda for the weekend. We traveled most of the way with his father, The Honorable Member of Parliment for Kabale, Mr. Tibarimbasa. I was very excited to see another African Country. Two years prior, on my first visit to Uganda with the Rugundas, we were scheduled to travel to Rwanda over the Christmas Holiday, as it is very near Kabale, Dr. Rugunda's Village. Unfortunately,...

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Sep 9, 2004 - Africa Days 4-9 - Jinja, Kampala, Kibale, Lake Bunyoni & Rhugeri (Rwanda)

Last night we watched a rafting video of the day's rafters going down the Nile. Looks like a lot of fun! Quite a few of the group will be doing it when we return, so a video where we actually know the people will be even better. Day 4 started with rain, and mixed with red dirt similar to that in Australia's red centre makes an awful, staining mud! Today we are going out to visit an orphanage and a school that one of the local charities, Soft Power, helps in building and decorating. We have all our presents (toys, books & pens & pencils) for...

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Lifetime Dreams

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