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Stung by bees part two.

Monday, February 12th, 2007

So my spleen falls out. Actually it bounced out. When you have to take a 4-wheel drive mini-bus, you should expect that there is a possibility that your spleen will fall out. From the border of Burundi to Kigoma, Tanzania, should be called the land of the lost spleens. Oh, bad ride. Crammed mini-bus, bad bad roads, people vomiting, spleens flying, bad ride.

Once I got settled into my hotel I let out a sigh of relief. I figured it was over. I was in civilization as Tanzania is a pretty touristic country, often times a place where thats all that people go. There was an atm that when I put my card in, it took it, and it gave me money. Civilization. Not Congo, not war ravaged countries, a tourist country, much like Disneyland, but bigger. People were supposed to speak English as it was there second national language next to Kiswahili. It was easy travels here on out. I survived. I even ran into my Norwegian buddy who was staying at the same hotel. I was back with other tourists.

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Stung by bees.

Monday, February 12th, 2007

So I left the country of Rwanda feeling pretty good. Ate some/a lot of food. Drank lots of Fanta, and slept. It wasn’t a super exciting time but it was perfect for what I was looking for. That fifth star would have come had there been cable/satellite tv in my room. Anyways, hopped on a mini-bus and swerved around a thousand hills before arriving in the capital city of Burundi, Bujumbura.

Bujumbura is the capital city of Burundi. Burundi is the tiny country just south of Rwanda, east of DRC, north of Tanzania, and west of Tanzania. They, much like Rwanda experienced a rather recent Civil war that actually just settled in the last few years. If you notice how elementary my country information seems to be, well thats because I don’t have my guidebook to copy from. Sorry to disappoint those that thought I was scholarly. Landscape wise, as Rwanda is known as the 1000 hills, Burundi is known for some pretty big mountains. They also have half of the longest lake in Africa, Lake Tanganika which it shares with the DRC and Tanzania. The capital itself is one of the smaller manageable kind based right at the northern tip of the lake.

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