Journal 19 July 2012
Today was essentially one long car ride, from the west side of Nyungwe, back to Kitabi on the east side of Nyungwe, to Kigali, and finally to Ruhengeri, which is a city just south of Volcanoes National Park. On the bright side, we’re now a mere 45 paved minutes from the trailhead which we hope will lead us to the gorillas.
We’re staying at Centre Pastoral de Notre Dame de Fatima – a hotel that seems to be run by a church. Or perhaps it used to be part of the church, and is just capitalizing on the connection. I don’t know. The room Sara and I are in is pretty comfortable. Good hard beds, little balcony with a sling-back chair, and a glow-in-the-dark crucifix on the wall. It’s a little creepy, to be honest. That shade of green is very zombiesque.
We got a real treat for dinner: Volcana, a restaurant/bar that serves pizza. And not just any pizza. It was some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. Admittedly, not having had much in the past three weeks that wasn’t rice, frites, plantains, soup, omelets, or mystery meat, might have created a bias. It didn’t matter. The pizza was awesome, and it had pineapple on it, which is even awesomer. Don’t order the red wine though, that tasted remarkably like rubbing alcohol. Not awesome.