Sunday, June 20, 2010

That's so Rwanda Part 3

Only in Rwanda:

….can you see taxi buses that are painted with images from Charlton Heston’s Ten Commandments

…do you see people wearing t-shirts that proudly display Democrat Jim Ryan’s bid for governor or that have classy sayings like “Peace, Love and Crabs.”

...when you tell someone you’re not feeling well that they ask “Oh. Malaria?” and you feel guilty when it’s just a cold

…do you get to a hotel where there is no pipe draining to sink but at least there’s a hair pick on the back of the toilet and a basin for the sink to drain. And no toilet seat. And when you turn on the shower it doesn’t work but when it does begin to work it doesn’t shut off and said basin needs to be moved from under the sink to under the shower because, as we all know, there are no showers at this hotel but rather just a shower head in the middle of the bathroom. Now where am I going to spit my toothpaste???

---is it perfectly acceptable for the woman seated next to you on the bus to snuggle right up to you and fall asleep and only in Rwanda do you think, “I might nuzzle in myself and have a quick snooze.”

…does the man behind you on the bus spill apple juice and instead of using your last piece of Kleenex to wipe the back of your legs, you give it to him to wipe down the seat next to him.


  1. So funny, so true!!!

    The following one could also apply to Rwandan...

    "I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness."

  2. Hi Anna,

    My name's Louise and I've just received confirmation that I'm going to be your VSO 'replacement' in Rwanda from September! I found your name on the placement outline sheet that VSO sent me, but there were no contact details, so I hope you don't mind me posting on your blog? Not trying to stalk you, but would love to hear back from you and get as much advice as you'd be able to give me about what lies ahead!

    I'm so excited to be going to Rwanda and (if you're happy) I will have a read through your blog, as I'm sure it contains a wealth of information which will give me a good picture!

    If you are happy to give me your pearls of Rwandan wisdom, would you please be able to email me?

    Many thanks, look forward to hearing from you.