Friday, May 10, 2013
Scary thunder storms and the safety of my princess canopy
We couldn't have found a better mid-range place to eat last night. While driving into town, we passed the iconic Hotel des Mille Collines (made famous in the movie, Hotel Rwanda). It's a place we wanted to check out before leaving Kigali, so we thought we might as well go in and enjoy a meal in the place that has unfortunately become somewhat of a tourist attraction. Touristy elements aside, we had a lovely evening. We ate at the lively poolside bar, where there was a fabulous live band, numerous tourists and expats, and fresh meat skewers being barbecued on deck. It was eerie to think of the things that happened on the same deck just 19 years ago, and we reflected on how much Rwanda has developed since that time, thankful for the restored peace.
The rain started again this morning soon after our class started, and Chris did a tremendous job competing with the storm for a good ten minutes. He had to dart around the class in order to hear people's contribution, and I was impressed with how loud he could yell his lesson!
Since all three of us had laid in bed awake during the storm last night, and since we had class an hour earlier today, we were all quite tired and decided to take an afternoon siesta. I got some work done in the safety of my princess canopy (mosquito net) and was quite productive before lying down. This time the rain calmed down, and although it was still pouring, it was nowhere near as strong as last night, and I fell asleep easily to its sounds.
Tomorrow morning we will be bussing West to a town near the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are apparently beautiful lakes and numerous hiking trails there, which we will explore over the course of the weekend… Excited for our mini getaway!