Rwandan excitement…..

We are just into Rwanda and had the type of experience we prepare for but do not enjoy or welcome.
I have some strict protocols developed from West Africa. In dodgy towns the car is locked and windows up before we drive in, one of us stays in the truck in the drivers seat ready to move if threatened. You might think this is excessive, it is not.
Just after the border we stopped to get a SIM card, our usual procedure.
Poppy stayed in the car, doors locked, in the driving seat while I went inside to the offical Airtel shop whoch has a uniformed guard. The car was approached by three guys when I was in the shop, who nipped round to the back of the truck and tried the rear door, Poppy very level headed started the engine and they ran away.
Then a drunk or mad guy came shouting over to the shop throwing glass in the direction of the shop, just as the lady was putting the new SIM card in the phone, the guard proceeded to beat the guy with a nightstick in front of Poppy, I ran out of the shop (throwing enough money at the nice lady cowering behind the counter)as Poppy revved the truck, I jumped in and we screeched off with the guy now beating on the side of the truck.
Not a good first impression
Thankfully we are now in the Anglican mission car park, safe with the curious Christians and the boys brigade band, nice luxury hotel in Kigali for Poppys last day tomorrow.
Hopefully Kigali will be nicer, border towns in many countries are a bit dodgy but our preparations paid off today
A exciting story for Poppy to take home and similiar to an experience Lee and I had entering Zimbabwe
We start the day on the dust roads of Tanzania, which turn to new tar after an hour or so thankfully, we had braced ourselves for a tough day but it was ok thanks to the progress on the new road
In the safety of the mission yard, the water is not on and the loos not great but we are safe and secure for the night, nice hotel in Kagali tomorrow as a final treat
Schools out and we are the talk of the playground, a nice security guard and a teacher keep the mob of curious kids at a reasonable distance
Poppy wipes her face after a day in the truck, everything is covered in a thin film of dust, including us.

 

We eat in the evening along with the church folks who are at a course in personal development, the bishop calls in for a chat and the manager of the centre sits with us, the food is very good, we are exhausted and eat gratefully after saying grace of course

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