- Rwandans LOVE to give long speeches. I am not exaggerating or talking about 10 minutes. I mean hours!
- Rwandans - like their Ugandan counterparts - switch "l" with "r" and vice versa. So, in Rwanda, I am known as "Merani". When John came to visit me at UNDP he informed them that he was "son mari" but what they understood was "somali".
- Rwanda has the highest percentage of females in parliament in the world.
- Plastic bags are illegal and you can get fined for carrying one.
- Rwanda is a small village. Everyone is linked and everyone knows everyone. So watch what you say and do!
- Rwandans have bad cell phone manners. This is made official when the President bans all cell phones at any event he is at (cameras are allowed). When a cell phone rings in a meeting, it is usually followed by the person bending down, covering their mouth and speaking which actually amplifies their voice!
- Women and children feel the need to pull my hair out of its roots. Then when I turn around they act like they have no idea what just happened!
- Finally, while walking by some less well groomed locals with a stench that turned my stomach in a million ways, I realised I must have extraordinary olfactory glands.
Sunday, 27 May 2007
Final observations from Rwanda
MK: Now that I have left, I thought I would share with you my final observations about Rwanda that might not necessarily be evident to an short-term guest or else found in Lonely Planet!
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