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5 Interesting Facts about Rwanda :

  1. Rwanda, a landlocked nation, shares borders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its capital city, Kigali, is just 1,107 km or 694 miles from the equator. It truly is the “Land of a Thousand Hills” with mountains and hills everywhere and towns and cities located at substantial elevations.
  2. The coffee I drank while I was there is some of the best I’ve ever tasted. A food staple is fish, particularly Tilapia and Simbaza. People often prepare it fried. Both fish are from Lake Kivu, a large lake separating parts of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Simbaza was a favorite of mine while in Rwanda.
  3. Like Kivu is dotted with islands, many of which have unique inhabitants and stories. I visited an island that appropraitely called Bat Island because it is home to thousands of fruit bats (and a few cows).
  4. Umuganda is the Kinyarwanda word for “community work.” It also means “coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome.”
  5. Tourists cannot bring plastic bags into the country, and stores do not give any out. Instead, people use paper bags or biodegradable bags made from cassava leaves or banana leaves. Many of the places I stayed reflected the nation’s commitment to reusable items.