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Brenda’s Travel Diary

Friday, 13 Jul 2012

MapMary

Sadly today was our last full day in Kigali before we go to Kahama tomorrow! I will miss this city but I will not miss this hostel! I know for a fact that I will come back here again someday and experience the craziness of the city again.
During the day today we just prepared for our long trip tomorrow and packed up all of our things, cramming them into two suitcases that are now bursting at the seams. We went to the local market for the last time... the one with about 25 people not 2500.
At four we went to a nice restaurant called Chez Robert to have dinner with Costa, Franklin and friends before having to say goodbye. Running on ‘Rwandan Time’, our company trickled in throughout the evening for hello’s and goodbyes. The meal was a three course buffet type of thing, but Sheena and I are kinda picky with our food so we had a little bit of salad, some rice and some beef. Sheena had a slice of cherry pie... and it was indeed 100% cherry... seeds and all. Our friends gave us all Rwandan names, and I was honoured with the name Kenyana(I think?!?), which means beautiful calf. In Rwanda they value and love their cows very much, so this is the one and only time I’m happy to be called a cow!! I am so thankful to have met both Costa and Franklin, I feel like I have known them for years, not just days. I am happy that Costa will be coming to Summerland in November and I hope that Franklin will come visit us sometime soon! They both are full of wisdom and wise words - I wish I could have just recorded everything they had said!
We are now going to go to bed early since tomorrow involves a 10ish hour bus ride....woohoo