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My teaching experiences with Give a heart to Africa

Education is truly a gift


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To be quite honest with you all I was as nervous as hell on my first day of teaching, I hadn't thought too much about the teaching before I arrived in moshi. Packing up my life in America, the whistlestop tour of England seeing my nearest and dearest and arriving in Tanzania had taken up all my Brian power. But now overnight I was to become an English teacher to 40 Tanzanian women!!

I was taking over the class from Anne a lovely lady from the us of a who had been teaching English at give a heart to Africa for 3months and to be honest was a very hard act to follow!

So here are some of my highlights of teaching, truly one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences I have ever had and subsequently why I am thinking of it now as a proffesion!

On my first day the students asked me lots of questions, a great way to practice their English and a good introduction opportunity for me. One of the students asked me why I decided to come to Tanzania. As you all know I am honest so quick as a flash without even thinking I answered to see the giraffes of course!! 20 shocked faces looked back at me, I guess they were expecting something different! Haha

I was teaching on a blackboard omg my hand writting isn't neat at the best of times so this was a real struggle for me!! I decided the only option was for me to get new longer pieces of chalk and to practice as much as possible after class.. By the end of the 3 months I had improved!!

Gerunds and infinitives??!? Wow I had no idea.. Ok so it turned out I had a lot to teach myself about my mother tongue before I could teach it to 40 students!! So most nights when I was covering a new topic and there was power I was googling the subject and learning it to teach the students! It turns out you need to understand a subject in depth before you can teach it as well it just is doesn't fly!! And how complex our language is!!

I went to Moshi town and I bought.. So Thursdays are for practicing spoken English.. With the top set we have debate but with the lower set they aren't as advanced so instead we played some games. I adapted the memory game where you say I went to town and I bought x and then the next person says x and y.. Anyway they loved it, there was 2 teams create a bit of rivalry! We almost had a riot in the classroom! V funny!

I realised quite early on that laughter and fun in the classroom makes dry subjects so much more exciting so English class was always a bit of a riot and we had a lot of fun.. It usually involved me jumping around at the front of the class and making them do funny things but it worked well and we made a lot of progress!

Debate on Thursdays with group 2 was fantastic, I learnt so much about life in Tanzania and about the students. There was always a few key players that had a lot to say Lisa and phi lemon have great English and always have an opinion! Some of the topics included - is rural life better than urban, is dhay school better then boarding, life of a Maasai and many political debates. I was so shocked when I arrived with the enthusiasm everyone has in politics, they have so much more interest than the average person in the west. Everyone is so motivated for change here and they are not afraid to give their opinion! The most interesting and heated debate we had was about women empowerment. We have 5 men in class so it was fascinating to get the different opinions between the men and women! All the men agreed it is good to empower women but as soon as we got onto the topic of are women more valuable as a race than men the conversation really heated up! The men were adamant that they were the superior race and the shovanistic opinions really came through! At one point My blood was boiling with what they were saying but as the facilitator I tried to stay on the fence!

During my teaching I made a lot of friends, I had the most amazing translator Penina a former student who helped me amazingly. The higher set didn't really need the translation after the first month or so but the lower set really needed her. Penina also picked up on my mistakes which was nice..no one is perfect definitely not me! The students also became great friends of mine. Seeing them on their home visits allowed me to really put into perspective their struggles which allowed me to relate to them a lot better.

As part of the six month teaching programme we take the students to an Internet cafe to allow them to get familiar with using the Internet and set up email accounts. There is a few students with Facebook and email but most of them hadn't been on the Internet and it was totally a surreal experience for them. Helping them on the Internet required a great amount of patience but it was very rewarding!!

The monkey forest - as part of the business class the students have assignments, their first assignment was within their 4groups to come up with a business idea for the day a service that will make money. Each group came up with 2ideas the services were hair bradding, church performance and 2 day trips one to the waterfalls and one to the monkey forest. I went with the monkey forest group.. It was the funniest experience ever.. They had to find customers the week before but unfortunately they put the quietest team members on sales so subsequently no tickets got sold! We decided to go ahead anyway with the trip so they took me and Melissa.. Well they were totally disorganized! The ticket negotiations did not go well instead of an anticipated 10 shilling charge they negotiated50shillings! So we abandoned going into the forest and went around the edge of the forest which was free! We still saw a lot of monkeys which was very cool and they tried ever so hard to make sure we had a great day out. At one point we got totally lost and at that time we agreed it was definitely good there was no paying customers!!

It was terribly hard for me to leave GHTA and I am excited to be going back next week for a quick catch up with my students and my fantastic friend Monika who made my volunteering extra special - she runs the NGO and truly has a heart of gold! I am really not looking forward to saying goodbye to them all..

If you are interested about finding more out about the NGo the website is www.giveahearttoafrica.org

Photos coming...

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My last night in Moshi...

The night I got mugged....


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Monika and I were the only ones from the house that decided to go out on Thursday night, my last night before the Usambara mountains.
Margret hadn't cooked a appetising meal that night so we decided to head to a local favourite restaurant before a few drinks at the local... We headed out around 8:30 after the power came back on!

We had a great meal at Indio ilaliano our local inidian and Italian restaurant combined.. We had a nice curry and headed on to our local bar for a couple of cheeky drinks before my early start the next day.

The bar was just 10mins away so we opted to walk rather than take a taxi.. We were walking along quite happily chatting and catching up until we got to the bus station. Then suddenly out of no where 3guys ran up behind us and pushed me and grabbed my bag.!?! I was so shocked I had no idea what was happening. We stood there stunned for a while monika called her boyfriend lusajo to tell him what had happened and after a quick chat with the locals who "didn't see anything" we headed to the bar to take stock of what happened..

On route as we were walking a car passed us but practically ran us over, totally crazy.. I guess he thought we should have moved and we thought he should have but if we hadn't have jumped in the gutter he would have hit us!! So Monika shouted at him a not so polite word in Kiswahili and we soon saw the guy jump out of his car and start to shout at us!!

We ran into the bar and the guy followed us!!! By this time I was a mess but Monika held it together as the man got in her face to ask her what she was doing calling him these names... OMG what a night!! After many threatening pushes the locals got involved and ousted him out of the bar thank goodness..

That night I spent shaking, cancelling my cards and speaking to my wonderful friends in moshi and my bro and sister.

I lost a crazy amount of money, a fantastic camera, my cards, bag and wallet but also my safety blanket.. I realised I had let my guard down in moshi and I shouldn't have after all I am in a developing country.. Although I guess this can happen anywhere now.. I do feel so lucky that none of the night was too violent and we both escaped un harmed!!!!!!

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My Kilimanjaro climb!!

I made it to the top - couldn't have done it without my fantastic guide August and all my wonderful porters!

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Well I made it - I climbed the highest mountain in Africa almost 20,000 feet and survived!!

So far I have raised $400 in sponsorship but if you would like to donate to the NGO I have been working with, please use this link http://angelacoleman.chipin.com. Thanks again to all who did already!!

Day 1

* Machame Gate to Machame Camp
* Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
* Distance: 11 km
* Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
* Habitat: Rain Forest

After bidding a fond farewell to my bed, my hot shower and all my friends at GHTA I left in a van to the gate full of porters, guides and equipment.. the climb was about to begin and I was anxious to get it started!!

At the gate there was a huge amount of locals standing around, I realised they must be porters hopeful that someone had packed too much and they would be drafted into help.. August started to get everything sorted and I went to wait by the gate for the paperwork. As I was waiting I met a couple from Bristol - Clifton - small world! It turned out I found out later this was their honeymoon!!

The first days climbing was through the forest, the weather was warm, the path was hilly but not too strenuous. My lunch was served on a table for one just off the path in the middle of the forest hahaha was very cute I ate fish and chips mmm a good sign I was going to eat well on the trip!!

As we were climbing I noticed that the vegetation surrounding us was changing and by the end of the day we were above the forest and surrounded by heath and trees with a beautiful yellow flower on that reminded me of honeysuckle.. it smelt lovely. I was surprised with how easy day 1 was and I told August I could have easily kept going for a few more hours - which is apparently a good sign! Each night we would sign into the gate to say we made it.
My tent was up when I arrived, the porters where all there and dinner was being cooked! My waiter (!) Alex called me to the dinner tent for popcorn and chai - I really enjoyed the tea! I chilled out for a bit and then dinner of green banana stew with fresh soup was served! I was thinking there might be a chance I may put weight on during this trip!

Day 2

* Machame Camp to Shira Camp
* Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
* Distance: 5 km
* Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
* Habitat: Moorland

After a quick head dunk and wash in the basin of hot water - haha no frizzy hair even on the mountain! I had brekkie which was Oogie (traditional porridge made with flour, cheese and lemon strange but nice) and an omelet served with the nicest cheese! We headed off for day 2 :) There were many people to met on the climb from all over the world. We bumped into August's brother who I head heard lots about the day before! He had some whining guest with him which reminded how lucky I was that no one was whining round me! Day 2 was harder than day 1 but when we reached camp after about 5 hours of walking I was keen to look around and explore.

August took me to the caves where he told me the porters used to sleep before they got regulations in to provide them with tents. He showed me where he would sleep which looked like the best location. I can't imagine how horrible that was to sleep in a cave half way up the mountain after such hard graft while the paying guests slept soundly in their tents. The food for porters and guides is now much better than it used to be but I hear still now some of them are unpaid and fed very badly which is crazy since they work so much harder than the paying guests..

We walked over to the houses where the park rangers stay which have the most fantastic views of kili from. At that point 2 different routes meet up and there is a turnaround point.. the last road access onto the mountain. We saw one lady waiting to be taken down from there, she looked older and I felt so sorry for her.

On the way back the sun was starting to set, we are now above the clouds and they look amazing like a very comfortable bed! There is also an amazing view of Mount Meru which you can see for the whole climb.

My appetite on Day 2 was really small, I didn't feel hungry but I forced myself to eat as much of the lovely food as I could!

Day 3

* Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
* Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
* Distance: 15 km
* Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
* Habitat: Semi Desert

This day is all about altitude training, we climb up to 4500m to a place called Lava tower which is a large red rock set into the mountain, stunning but still quite a climb from our camp. Machame the route I chose is good for acclimatising because you climb and then descend numerous times within the week. The climb up to Lava tower wasn't too bad for some reason Day 3 was the day of toilet stops it was crazy - again part of the acclimatising apparently! At the top of Lava tower we stopped for lunch, I had a bit of a headache but I was surprised with how good I felt and was happy and excited for the summit!

Coming down from the peak was not my favorite, for whatever reason I struggle on the journey down so I went snail pace and everyone over took me haha about an hour before camp one of the porters came to look for us, so funny he was wondering where we had got too!! Oops taking my slow walking to new levels!

That evening we had the most amazing views of Kili, I was talking to a group of men from Texas who were surprised I was using a local company - for whatever reason a lot of people choose to use US and UK companies to climb. But all they do is draft a local company and fly a guide over from the UK or USA. I felt a lot more comfortable with a local company and August had done 252 summits so I was confident he was well experienced!

Day 4

* Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
* Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
* Distance: 5 km
* Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
* Habitat: Alpine Desert

The day of the scramble. I had heard from August this was the most difficult part of the climb to the base camp. It basically involved climbing using your hands rather than the poles. some of the parts we had to get over where really tough and definitely not built for a women of my height haha, August helped me up and at one point I had a porter pushing me and August pulling me hahaha! We arrived at Karanga and I was pleased to be there, August said we still had an hour to walk and then suprised me with the camp yipee!! I was tired now and was pleased I didn't need to keep walking to the base camp another 4 hours! We chilled all afternoon - I had a bit of a headache and then another early night to bed.

Day 5

* Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
* Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
* Distance: 4 km
* Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
* Habitat: Alpine Desert

The walk to the base camp wasn't too difficult it was very very hot all the way. The sun was on us the whole time but today I was well covered in sun lotion and my make shift sun hat of a local scarf. We arrived at the base camp and I was so pleased to be there! However Kili still seems like so far away!!!

I went to sleep for a couple of hours and was woken up at 5pm for dinner and a briefing.. the final one! I was told to go back to sleep for a few hours and we would be woken up at 11 to get ready with an aim to leave at 11:30 for the summit.

Day 6

* Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
* Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
* Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
* Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
* Habitat: Arctic

SUMMIT

I woke up and was really excited summit night had finally got here yipee! I was definitely nervous as well, just concerned I wouldn't make it and would let myself down... It was a,lot colder than when I went to bed so I was happy to start putting on all the leayers, I was aware however it was still going to get a lot colder! I put the rest of the layers in my day bed and headed out for a cup of tea and the loo before we left. I saw a few other groups leaving and realised we needed to get a move on!

There was a lot of people on the route you could see small headlamps for quite a way climbing up the hill. When we reached the climb it was congested with other people, I didn't mind the slower pace and was pleased to listen to the other chatter around me, some people where already moaning which I was adamant the whole trip I wouldn't do this! Positive thinking all the way got me to the top!

It got colder and colder I was 2 hours in and finally used the hand a feet warmers that a Shinead and Ema friends from Moshji had given me.. I waited for as long as possible to use them. It was so nice to have warm hands and feet they were good for at least 6 hours so I should get to the top by then! We passed people and then they passed us as we had a break, I was aware I wanted to make it to the top at sunrise but if I didn't make it I wasn't bothered, just wanted to get there!!

5000 meters was one of the toughest parts, by this time my back was killing, my posture problems finally got the better of me :( I was trying not to moan and sat down for a minute to eat one of the bars Sahar another friend from moshi had given me. It was such an effort just to chew into the nutty yumminess and then straight after a massive wave of nausea washed over me. I soon got over it and we continued to climb. Not at one point did I ever consider going back but I did unfortunately see so many people turning round I couldn't believe it!

August fed me half a can of red bull - by this time I was so tired I was almost shuffling, I could hardly feel my feet and my nose was about to drop off, also it was difficult to get my breath! This was a tough time but as soon as the red bull kicked in I got wings :) or a second wind! August showed me where Stella point was the point before the top and it didn't look that far so I was ready to get going again... Well I swear Stella point kept moving as I climbed.. why was it not getting any closer!!

We reached Stella point - I secretly hoped it was the top another joke maybe? - oh well it wasn't but was nice to get there anyway after a quick photos and snack we carried on only 45 mins to the top!! My red bull had warn off and I was tired again but so pleased to be so close! August had planned to make it to Stella for sunrise and we made it, the sun was almost all the way up when we got to the sign yipee!!

The top was AMAZING I got the goose pimple all over feeling when we saw it in sight and there was defo tears in my eyes as we arrived! Yippee!!! I had brought 2 things with me for summit photos a kit kat - for my grandpa, he always brought one on a long walk :) and Monikas toy cat! He had to come for the photo opportunities!

The down after the summit was very slow, I was so tired and as you have found out by now I hate downs!! Anyway there is a special ski style technique to get down as the terrain is small pebbles so you just push your feet in and kind of slide I got the hang of it eventually and we finally got down.. again one of the slowest teams down but I made it for sunrise and to the very top wohoo!!!

After a quick sleep we headed down the Mweka route.. again didn't love it, the terrain was easy but my knees were hurting, at one point a Chinese women of around 40 overtook me and I decided I was pretty pathetic hahaha. At the final camp we had a beer and a celebration before the final decent joy o joy!!

Day 7

* Mweka Camp to Moshi
* Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
* Distance: 10 km
* Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
* Habitat: Rain Forest

The final decent was through the rain forest and yes it was raining! It started lightly but got much harder. By this time we were covered in mud but we had sped up I was desperate to get home for a shower!! Getting to the bottom felt good was so pleased to have completed it and still in one piece.

I had a warm welcome from Monika, all the other volunteers and all my students - they were all so pleased I made it! and the electricity lasted just long enough for a hot shower :))))

Photos can be found at the following link - I will upload some here soon!

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150227730147452.314206.630792451&l=8df7fd2b4d&type=1

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The long trip home

Rwanda-Kampala (Uganda)-Nairobi - (Kenya) - Arusha (Tanzania)-Moshi


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THE LONG TRIP HOME

Sorry for the delay peeps trying to get things updated now!

Gisenyi to Kampala in Uganda

After much hunting for a way home we decided to go back on the bus.. kind of crazy I know but we had forgotten the pain by this time and we located a bus company that would take us all the way home!! Kampala coaches would take us back for a fraction of the price of a flight and more comfort than the local buses of Tanzania.. we just had to pay our visa costs in Uganda and Kenya and sit on our bums for the next 30 hours!!!

The trip to Kampala was pretty uneventful except I attracted a very large African mumma (most of them come in large!) as my travel companion.. I am sure she was made up to see me as the person sitting next to her!! So she promptly got comfortable and started sitting on my lap!! I was totally squashed and it was 13 hours to travel like that!! Great.
The border crossing was fine, the robbing bandits wanted $50 from us for us to transit, annoying but there is no negotiation to be done so we paid and got on our way. The evening meal stop was fun! Monika and I had no idea where we were going to eat but I wasn't hungry I just wanted a drink so I could try and get some sleep! However as I don't drink much beer there wasn't anything else on offer! I did ask at one bar and they told me they had wine but when they showed me the bottle it was ALTER wine hahaha I told them I dont think so and quickly left :)

The border into uganda

The border into uganda


The waiting room was an open air room choker with people sleeping and drinking tea and waiting to leave, we were advised not to leave the station until the sun came up as it was unsafe..I was so tired I considered sleeping on the floor but after thinking of what may be lurking there I decided to sit at a table and rest my head on it! the next thing I knew it was 2 hours later.. We booked the bus for that afternoon and went in search of somewhere to sleep for a couple of hours.

the part of Kampala we were in was very very poor and I am very glad Lusajo was with us! We checked into a motel there, it was a concrete jungle with hundreds of rooms.. it was cheap around $10 but when we got in I thought it should have been a lot cheaper!! We all crashed me and Monika on top of one bed and Lusajo on the other. When we woke up 2 hours later, Lusajo went to check out our en suite bathroom.. he advised us that there would be no showering.. I wasn't sure why he said this until I tried the tap and just a trickle of water came out.. OMG! Is water extra I am thinking!! We tried to get them to look at it but by this time we were past it and ready to go out and explore before our bus left. Face wipes (a travelers shower alternative) are an amazing invention!!

Kampala from our hotel room

Kampala from our hotel room

Kampala from our hotel room

Kampala from our hotel room

Kampala from our hotel room

Kampala from our hotel room

Kampala from our hotel room

Kampala from our hotel room

The crazy rain shower in Kampala

The crazy rain shower in Kampala

Kampala

Kampala

A view from the bus

A view from the bus

kampala from the bus window

kampala from the bus window

Monika and Lusajo on the long bus ride back!

Monika and Lusajo on the long bus ride back!

We arrived in Kampala at 4:30 am we hadn't booked the onward bus as we thought we may spend some time in Kampala, but once we arrived in Kampala we decided we wanted to get home.. so we asked if the next bus was booked and they told us that the booking office was closed and to wait in the waiting are until it opened.. the time meant that we would defo miss the next bus to Moshi

I had read in the guide book about a place that sold great coffee so after we booked our bus tickets we headed there for a lovely brekfast and some great coffee. We then got caught in the most almighty rainstorm, it turns out the drainage system in Kampala is a disaster and so the rain was coming up into the street it was chaos and the traffic was gridlocked!

We took a hair raising taxi to the bus stop in central Kampala.. at one point we actually thought our taxi driver was going to get out and hit the dallah dallah driver.. it was unbelievable, I have no idea how anyone gets anywhere OMG!!

The bus would now be the same all the way to Arusha which was nice. I had 2 seats to myself for half of the trip to Nairobi - I was able to get some good sleep at last! We picked up a lovely girl on route who was my neighbour and loved to talk and practice her English- which she was good at. she was in real estate in Nairobi and was really interesting.

We waited in Nairobi for 2 hours, it was so frustrating we had no idea what we were waiting for but the bus wouldn't leave! We finally arrived in Arusha 24 hours after we had got on the bus in Kampala!! Arusha to Moshi was un eventful and Kasanda our lovely taxi driver was waiting to wisk us to a hot shower and and bed! Yipee we were home :))

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Rwanda

The country of a thousand hills and a million smiles! We had arrived in the West!


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Trying to catch up peeps sorry for the massive delay!

We arrived in Kigali on the Sunday evening, it turned out that the locals had pointed out a $200 a night hotel for us.. not within our budget, so we asked for directions a cheaper guest house! We found one close by for $13 a night, very basic but the beds and sheets were clean. Not long after we had checked in the heavens opened and a thunder storm began.. (eek). The hotel owner showed us where to go for food, which was a basic Rwandan buffet, but for $3 it was a bargain meal! That evening I went to sleep amid crazy crashing and banging from the thunderstorm outside

Breakfast was included in the room rate was made up of unlimited coffee (yay!) 2 bananas and 4 slices of white bread . We met some other travelers a women from Uganda and a man from America and we chatted about the must sees in Rwanda and where to stay in central Kigali.

The nuns

We were recommended a $10 night mission guest house – (run by the catholic nuns) in the middle of Kigali, so we took our stuff and jumped in a quick taxi to there. On arrival we were told no room at the inn but we were then whisked away to another part of the church to another nun! We checked in their for 6000 RW Francs, ($9/£4). The nun spoke no English and my French seems to have vanished from my mind but we understood that she didn’t want Lusajo and Monika to stay together in a room . The room was very basic, and turned out that the nuns were not as good at cleaning as we might have hoped…

The convent room!

The convent room!

Rwanda is made up of many hills, so every time we left the hostel we had to climb a massive hill into town. There was a huge difference between the centre of Kigali and the centre of Moshi, it was like we had a arrived in the West!! The scenery was so different, no chaos, everybody busy and the cleanliness in the streets was amazing.. no dirty feet for a few days!!

The Genocide memorials

We headed straight for the hotel des milles – the sight where the original hotel Rwanda happened, the film is actually shot in South Africa After the resolution of the conflict the hotel was rebuilt into a classy tourist hotel which doesn’t represent the hotel in any way but appears to be a huge tourist attraction.

The sight of the original hotel Rwanda

The sight of the original hotel Rwanda

We then headed to the Genocide memorial museum, we tried to walk there and ended up in totally the wrong direction, – and we realized the guidebook recommendation of taking a taxi was a good one!

The memorial museum was amazing, very moving but a fantastic memorial to the 2 million victims and somewhere that Rwandans can go to pay respects to their families. The gardens of the museum where lovely very peaceful. Within the museum gardens are the mass graves of the victims.. very shocking to see but good that their is somewhere official for their burial.

I learnt so much about the genocide and how it started, there were 3 tribes in Rwanda, the two major ones the Hutus and the Tutsis. There are more Hutus than tutsis. You can see the difference visably in the people, the tutsis have a thinner lighter coloured face and a larger nose. The Belgians during occupation of Rwanda encouraged the separation between the tribes and created a class system that eventually caused the civil war. The war could have been stopped as soon as it started if the UN and the west had got involved, but instead the West used its forces to rescue westerners from Rwanda and the rest is history...

We all decided we wanted to take a local bus so we enlisted the help of the local police to help us! It turned out it would not be the last time we needed them for this trip.. more later.. anyway after much discussion we got on the local dallah dallah home!

The missing money..

At the mall later that day Monika realised she had money missing from her bag.. around $400! After re-tracing our steps in our mind we realised it was taken at the hotel the previous night, I decided it would be a good idea to enlist our local police friends again.. we ended up getting taken to the police station, Monika and I in the front and Lusajo along with 9 other officers in the back! Very surreal experiance. There we bumped into many other prisoners.. all women very bizarre ! I was pleased I wasn't on my own! We gave statements and was then told to head to the police station near our hotel in the morning! The next morning we ended up spending the day at the police station, with the police officers we confronted the hotel! All too no avail and no insurance pay out either!! :( I wouldn't recommend getting arrested in Rwanda the jails are nothing to write home about!!!!

The Ntarama Church

Later that afternoon we headed to ntarama church, this is the famous church where tutsi's were hiding from the hutus and advised they were safe within the church. Then one night following a tip off from the priest the place was grenaded and the whole 5000 tutsis inside where killed.. the remains there were very disturbing but a reminder of exactly what happened at that spot.

The clothes left by the dead.. Apologies for the shocking photo..

The clothes left by the dead.. Apologies for the shocking photo..

Inside the church where 5000 Tutsis were killed by the Hutus

Inside the church where 5000 Tutsis were killed by the Hutus

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Apologies for the shocking photo.. blood of children smashed against a wall in the nursery - shocking sight

Apologies for the shocking photo.. blood of children smashed against a wall in the nursery - shocking sight

Grenaides where used to kill the tutsis, their marks still remain

Grenaides where used to kill the tutsis, their marks still remain

Some of the sculls remaining from the mass killings.. - Apologies for the shocking photo..

Some of the sculls remaining from the mass killings.. - Apologies for the shocking photo..

The church memorial - 5000 Tutsi's died at this location

The church memorial - 5000 Tutsi's died at this location

Kigali to Gisenyi

We bid the nuns a farewell and headed to the coastal town of Gisenyi. We booked into an equally cheap mission place and went in search of the beach! We found the beach at a very plush hotel. We ordered a drink and enjoyed the luxury for a few hours!

Leaving Kigali

Leaving Kigali

Gisenyi - Hotel kiev

Gisenyi - Hotel kiev

That night we ate in a local place.. after I had finished my meal Lusajo told us that the chips were alive and he had just found the remains of an animal in his food URGH!!!

The next morning we explored Gisenyi and ended up at the Congo border.. Monika and I were very tempted to head over just for the stamp and to say we had been but Lusajo, the voice of reason decided that it wasn;'t safe so we should just stay in Rwanda! So I just got the photos at the border sign..

The border to the Congo

The border to the Congo

A sign as you leave Rwanda to go to the Congo boarder

A sign as you leave Rwanda to go to the Congo boarder

Overall Rwanda is an amazing place to go and visit, even without seeing the famous Gorillas at Parc de National - $500 for 1 hour with them meant I was priced out of going - but I am happy with my giraffe sightings on my safari and the $500 in my pocket! The genocide memorials were very horrific and it was stunning to think all of this happened only 13 years ago, but what a fantastic turn around for a country who truly understands the word forgiveness...Now the return back to Moshi...

Posted by angcoleman 04:59 Archived in Rwanda Comments (0)

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