Sunday, February 1, 2009
Akagera National park
The $#!@!! editor is giving problems so all the pictures
are at the top. I had wanted them to be at the bottom,
A couple musings: The other day, while walking in
the downtown area, as usual a guy came up to me trying to
sell me a newspaper. It was one I didn't know - English
Language but claiming to be independent. I tried to check
if it was old - they try to sell you old papers, but the
guy pointed at the price and obscured the date, and there
was a crowd so I bought it. Turns out it was from July
... of 2005. Mom, Dad, all that money you put into my
education - maybe it could have been better spent.
I am on a mission. From my office in Malott I can walk
over to the cafe in Mann and get a very fine cup of
Rwandan coffee for about a buck and a half. So far I have
not been able to find a cup of coffee in a pleasant cafe
for less than that. It seems to me that I should be able
to buy Rwandan coffee for LESS MONEY in Rwanda than in
Ithaca. I have 3 months to accomplish this.
So yesterday I went to Akegera National Park at the
eastern border with Tanzania. I saw hippos, baboons, monkeys,
at least 4 different `deer type' animals, giraffes and any
number of birds. Including an African swallow. Monty Python
fans - this African swallow was not big enough to carry a
coconut. The giraffes are amazing and not too scared of
people. I got to within 30 meters of them before they moved
away. When they walk it looks like slow motion.
A very fun day!