So, despite the fact that I have practically written a book not a blog, there are some awesome random pics and Kigali happenings that have been on my mind to publish!
First things first, I was super psyched to meet up with two other Colby 2013 grads! Allison spent three months in Kigali and overlapped with me for most of the time. JJ is originally from just outside of Kigali and recently returned home for a while. There is a restaurant in Kigali (the only Mexican food you will ever find) called Meze Fresh, and it’s owned by a Colby alum named Griffin! Naturally, we had to have our reunion there. Talk about a small world.
Though I found much of the city infrastructure fascinating, nothing could match my anthropological and artistic curiosity for the gates of Kigali and elsewhere. All middle-class and higher families seem to protect their houses with the coolest gates. Given the genocide, its understandable that people want extra protection, however on a first impression I thought it was almost unfriendly! I never saw any gate repeat, so I began to wonder if it was a modern day equivalent to a coat of arms.