Kigali was not how I imagined. For one thing, I never expected to be wandering around the streets, hitching rides on taxi-motos and feeling safe. I never expected the vibrant colours, open smiles and invites into restaurants; the earnest attempts to teach me phrases of Kinyarwandan. What I definitely didn’t expect was a sense of resilience and rebuilding, of community.
This city, known both as Rwanda’s capital, and in the same breath the scene of its genocide, holds many unanswered questions for me. How people can still function, where memories meet you face to face on a daily basis, I will never understand. What so impressed me was the collective togetherness, friendliness and cleanliness of Rwanda, its vision and determination to remember its past and move forward in all aspects.
Kigali is often skimmed through as a necessary overnight stop on the way up to see the gorillas. If you have the chance, I recommend you spend some time in this city, walking or taking motos.
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