Thursday, January 22, 2009

In case things don't go well.....

he has a fall back plan. I bought a snack there the other day.

The African youth soccer championship is going on right now. I saw
Ghana defeat Mali yesterday 2-0. Cornellians, you'll be pleased to
know that there were a handful of diehard fans who had the
equivalent of a cowbell and rang it the entire game.

Ghana is in white. One thing was surprising. Of the maybe 5000
people in the stands I saw one woman. So I expect more men
than women to go to a soccer game, but only one? And as far as
I could tell I was the only foreigner there. Nonetheless it was fun.
This was the first game of a doubleheader with the big match
afterwards. That one involved Rwanda. There was a huge
contingent of Rwanda fans who wore team colors,
had painted their faces and were dancing and cheering their team
on during the whole first game between Mali and Ghana.

It's hard to find cultural events here. The soccer game is the only
such thing I've done in 3+ weeks. There isn't much in the way of
performance in the city, and as far as I know there's only one
small museum in Kigali. Butare (2 hours away) is supposed to
have a very nice museum and there are famous dancers based there,
but that's about it for the whole country. It makes being a tourist
here different. The museums and shows you might
do in London simply don't exist here.


  1. Soccer game looks really great. How often do they play? The pictures came out really good. Do they go all over africa to play and internationally as well? Is there a structured league with winners progressing to other levels etc.?