Saturday, July 6, 2013

Things You Didn't Know about Rwanda

Alright, so I am in the middle of my first weekend here in Rwanda and would like to share a couple of fun facts with you:
  1. People wish you "Good Morning"! Be it 7am, lunchtime or late at night.
  2. Rwandans are crazy about shoes. Dirty ones are a no-go.
  3. Rwandans love buffets. Especially for lunch. Nearly every Restaurant offers one.
  4. Food in local bars takes AT LEAST 1hr to arrive. (Maybe that´s why buffets are popular... no waiting time)
  5. In case you want to buy airtime or data for you phone / laptop you have to buy a scratch card from some vendor on the street, scratch it and type in the code... come on... scratchcards !?!?!
  6. Rwandans love mayonnaise and eat it with everything.
  7. You are not supposed to walk over grass in the city. If there is a nice patch in a public area, make sure to never set foot on it!

As you can see: I am not writing about being attacked by lions or elephants, crazy people trying to sell me blood diamonds or child soliders or being asked to invest in organ trade. Not saying that stuff like that cannot be found, but Rwanda is much more advanced, safe and clean than expected. I guess my perception of Central Africa will be a little adapted over the upcoming weeks.

In order to see as much of the city as possible I today ventured
out to the Kimironko neighborhood, home of the biggest market in town, to do some grocery shopping. I tried to upload a video here directly, but internet seems to be too slow (maybe buy another scratch card?).

Youtube worked though! (Click me)

Cheers + bis bald,

1 comment:

  1. so that's national geographic for today... I'll remember your Rwanda facts for sure...

    ...looking forward to read your next posts from July in the next couple of days...