Leaving Kigali, you enter a world that suddenly changes your perspective and brings you in contact with transformative images and events. The symbiotic relationship between the land and the people is basic to gaining a perspective for why people have such a deep love for this country.
The land and its people inspire a sense of mystery and wonder. Outside of the city, walking is the primary mode of transportation. Single file, along side the main roads, thousands of people going to and fro. Children traveling to school and home are laughing and teasing. Men and women are carrying merchandise upon their heads. This everyday occurrence is similar to prestigious ballet in the sense of movement. I once observed two men chatting and laughing while balancing large lumber on their heads. When the men laughed, the six-foot length lumber swung gently up and down. Travelers’ passing by anticipating these moves; bobbed up and down dipping under the boards, continuing their journey. All while carrying items on their heads.
Roadside food stands; village centers, and markets make available the goods for daily needs. In each of these market places you will find anything, you want. From toothpaste to livestock it is almost too much to take in.
Let me retreat to writing about my impressions by separating the whole into parts. The Rwanda landscape.
The countryside and the landscape overwhelm your senses with the beauty of elevation and twisting roads, patchwork valleys that climb up its Thousand Hills. In this visit, I focus on the landscapes. Sharing with you a sense of moving beyond a static vision, it is a constant encounter with changing views and envisions the perspective of a Garden of Eden. The pictures represent the western side of the country. Northwest of Kigali is where you find the Virunga Volcanoes home for the Mountain Gorillas. In the southwest of the country is the Nyungwe National Park.