Picture of East Africa (Kenya Uganda Tanganyika, Rwanda,Burundi, South Sudan) #12: Food at Heaven Restaurant, Kigali
I had heard lots over the years about @HeavenRwanda, a restaurant (and now boutique hotel ) in Kigali‘s Kiyovu neighborhood, so there was no doubt in my mind that I’d have to visit it on my next trip to Kigali. I did and had one of the best social evenings I spent in the country there. Great food, lovely elevated outdoor deck, cocktails to write home about, and amazing service! If ever you are in Kigali, check it out.
Genocide Memorial at St. Jean Catholic Church and Home Complex in Kibuye, Rwanda
Whereas Kibuye in Karongi District, Western Rwanda had some of the most gorgeous scenes like those in my last 2 photos (Nos. 1 & 8 on this list), it also had some of the most gruesome reminders of what happened in Rwanda 22 years ago.
In case one million people slaughtered in 100 days is too large a statistic for you to internalize, memorials like this one at the St. Jean Catholic Church and Home Complex allow you to look straight into the skull eye sockets of some of those killed, see their femurs, and realize that each of those bones represents a person just like you with hopes, dreams, a family, and a life…all brutally cut short.
Cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda
Instagram Fave No.24: Bar BQ Tonight, Nairobi
And how surprised I was to see, as I was going to chow down on some excellent Indian food at Haandi at The Mall in Westlands, Nairobi, that the establishment across it was no longer Tamambo of the high bar stools and the fabulous cocktails but rather a place called Bar B.Q. Tonight. Gosh, I’d spent many wonderful nights at Tamambo in my lifetime!
St. Jean Catholic Church, Kibuye, Rwanda
The facade of the St. Jean Catholic Church in Karongi, Western Rwanda today. What’s so special about this church? Check out the captions of my last two pictures (No. 25 & No. 4 on this list). (Yes, those are human skulls you see in the window under the sign that reads “NEVER AGAIN”.)
Hippo Pool, Mikumi National Park, Tanzania
Hippos and a crocodile at the hippo pool in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.
5 Fun Ways to Rock Maroon Hair
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A King’s Traditional House Viewed from Behind, The King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda
The back of a replica of the King’s traditional house at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda. I was so surprised by how big this grass house was on the inside. And like all African grass houses/grass-thatched houses I have been in, it was extremely cozy! Why, oh, why was I born in the late 20th century?!
St. Jean Catholic Church, Kibuye, Rwanda
I took my last picture (no. 4 on this list) standing at the St. Jean Catholic Church and Home Complex in Karongi District, Western Rwanda where one of the most gruesome massacres of the Genocide against the Tutsis occurred on April 17-18, 1994 (death toll in and around the church: 11,000).
I had heard of this and many massacres that occurred in churches where people had run for safety, but since people were able to break in and hurt the people inside, I always thought the churches were weakly-built up-country churches that could do little to keep people out. I was stunned by how solid and beautiful the St. Jean Church was and by its capacity. Today there stands a powerful memorial in front of the church. The signage on it reads “Never again” above a room displaying skulls of some who were killed here and “Jenoside Yakorewe Abatutsi Muri Mata 1994” (The genocide committed against the Tutsi in April 1994).
I have been eating at Haandi at The Mall in Westlands, Nairobi for almost two decades, and it still remains my favourite Indian restaurant in Nairobi. The food is unbeatable and the service and ambiance worth writing home about.
A Herdsman & Cows at The King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda
The arts related to cows and cattle keeping do not stop at complicated musical whistling like in my last video. Here, a herdsman sings for (in praise of?) cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda.
This video is dedicated to my girl @TJ_Ndejuru. I look forward to hearing more cow singers soon!
Can anyone translate what he is saying for me?
Art Found on the Walls of the Centre Béthanie Guesthouse in Kibuye, Rwanda
Herdsman at The King’s Palace Museum, Nyanza, Rwanda
I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you. If you’ve got any questions or comments, let me know by leaving me a comment below. As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
Until the next time,