Grand Pension Plaza, KN 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda
A Surprising Visit to KigaliOur son is living in Kigali, Rwanda, on a one-year assignment. We saw this as an opportunity to visit a country we had only heard about in the news and seen in films like Gorillas in the Mist and Hotel Rwanda. Both were frightening in different ways. We were surprised at this city and country just 21 years after their horrific genocide. Kigali is so safe we were comfortable walking in the dark to our son's office. Corruption is unheard of. The people are friendly and smiling...even on the street to strangers. The city is clean and welcoming. (We found there are neighborhood clean up days every month and everyone is expected to participate.) Race, tribal ethnicity, local or visitor do not seem to matter. An amazing place with an unbelievable turnaround after just 21 years. Warm, loving people who hug you when they meet you, even before shaking hands. All this and fascinating national parks, too.