Rwanda As I hear Of It

This is the first post in this blog. I used to blog over at the Diary of a Kenyan Campus Girl but then I finished campus on 17th Dec, 2010. Technically, it was on 16th but I left on the 17th, never more a campus girl.

Lucky me, I don’t have to tarmac in January looking for a job, I already have one. In Rwanda. How I got it? Story for another day. Meanwhile, here is what everyone has been telling me about it:

Map of Rwanda

Map of Rwanda

Whenever I mention I’m going to be working in Rwanda in Jan, I always receive some sort of information or advice from people who’ve never been there. They don’t even know it’s now part of East Africa, and I don’t need a work permit to work there, or a visa to visit. Anyway, here is what I hear, from those who’ve been there as well:

it’s very beautiful, green etc. I have to see this for myself. I hear Kigali is really clean too.

The people are friendly. I think Kenyans are the most ‘hostile’ of the 5 EA countries.

The cost of living is very high. A classmate who did his ‘internship’ in Rwanda told me something that costs 10bob here costs 20bob there because of transportation costs. Rwanda is landlocked, FYI, and they import their stuff through Kenya and Tanzania and I don’t know where else. So he told me to buy everything I needed before I travel. Everything? Well, seems like I may have to travel with some shopping from here.

They speak French mostly. Though Rwanda is changing its official language from French to English, most of Rwandans don’t know English yet. And their Kiswahili is a bit strange, hard to understand. Since I don’t know French (well, I know bonjour and Je t’aime but not enough to ask for directions), it seems am doomed. My classmate told me he used to speak Kikuyu. Apparently, since Kinyarwanda is bantu and Kikuyu is bantu, you have a better chance of being understood that way. It’s hard to bargain for stuff or pay in a public bus or order for food but I will survive. (Cue for Gloria somebody’s I’ll survive song)

Theirs is a French culture. So they only eat once a day (so I heard). Breakfast could be coffee or a glass or milk, but lunch, which is the main meal, is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Then supper is something light. I could live with that.

Kenyans hang out at Carwash. Just hop onto a motorcycle, and ask to be dropped off at Carwash and you’ll find company with whom you have much in common.

Nakumatta Kigali is alcohol-friendly. You can buy liquor and drink it right there, a cool area has been set aside for you to sit and drink away.

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7 Responses to Rwanda As I hear Of It

  1. Distantspectator says:

    Belated congratulations on finishing campus,moving to your new online home and going to work in Rwanda!
    Look forward to updates on your future adventures!

    thank you Distant Spectator 🙂


  2. kbaab says:

    Congrats on your new gig. Happy new year. 🙂

    thanks Kbaab. Happy new year too


  3. Sibo says:

    I will be in Kigali on 8th Jan. Lets hook up.
    Happy new year!

    A toast to Kigali


  4. SupremeGREAM says:

    I have a friend who works at Nakumatt Kigali. His name is Macharia hola at him while there 🙂

    will surely do… I hope there are not many Macharias there though


  5. Gitts says:

    you forgot to mention the really beautiful women. Now at least I have somebody to visit to check them out…

    I will try to be objective, and will give you the full report


  6. bankelele says:

    Happy New Year. Best wishes in Rwanda, and is one place I hope to visit in 2011

    thanks. You’re welcome in Rwanda..


  7. Musémbi wä kásinà says:

    Al th best. Feel at home. U stil in africa. No racism there. But if french cnt get in, cme 4 sm classes

    I hear you Musembi, thanks


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