Africa - Day 9 - Rwanda

Today we cross the boarder and head into Rwanda. Leilei told us this could take up to three hours. Luckily when we got to the boarder there was no one else around but even then it took an hour. There never seems to be any rush when working on African time. More driving, this time on the 'wrong' side of the road and we came to the Kigali genocide memorial. It was a very moving and informative visit, a lot of work had been put into museum to provide both a dignified resting place for those who died to an account of the event both to remember and learn from. I must admit although this happened in my life time I didn't really know much of the detail. The museum was broken into sections which talkes about Rwanda before the colonisation, during and after then the civil war and now efforts to bring the country together. There were some horrific stories and photographs. They had a section dedicated to the children who perished, I only read details of about two of them before I had to leave as I found it too upsetting. Apparently if you are caught asking or talking about tribes now in Rwanda you can get six weeks imprisonment. Everyone thinks of themselves as Rwandans and nothing more. Other interesting facts include the number of children each woman has on average is 7! Slightly higher than that of Kenya which was 6.2. The capital city was the cleanest and most developed of the three countries we have visited. Once again everyone is extremely friendly and the countryside is spectacular. It has been given the name country of a thousand hills and I think we drove through one hundred on our way here. We will stay the next three nights in the same location, a local church missionary. We have been given a dormitory by default but they had double rooms with hot showers and power sockets for $35 upgrade so we took one. I think it might be a shock to the system when we have to stay in the tent again. Before tea we took a quick walk into the town, we were soon joined by a young boy called Peter who was 14 had one brother and one sister and loved with his 95 year old grandma. I think he wanted to practise his English and he seemed friendly enough. He talked to us about wanting to be a guide when he left school and to study tourism at university. He asked for my email address so I could tell him more about England and he could tell me about his studies. I was a little apprehensive at first but I did give him my details. As we were walking back he told us he would like to improve his English and buy a dictionary but he could not afford. I wasn't sure if this was some sort of scam or not. I think of I could have bought him one I would have but I didn't want to give him money, our guide had said that it was not good to give money out on the street. If he does get in touch with me I might see if there is somewhere I could deliver him a dictionary to.
After tea we found out we will be trekking the gorillas tomorrow :-) I can't wait, this has been what we came on this trip for. It's an early start however, breakfast is at 5.30am (although we moved the clocks forward an hour so it's not so bad). Camera batteries are charging and we hope to capture some amazing pics.