Monday, June 15th: We got up early and drove out to the Akagera Game Lodge in the Eastern Province. Scene of the now infamous Baboon Incident. An interesting thing about Rwanda is the quality of the roads. The paved roads are great and even the dirt roads are better than some "paved" roads in California. We passed by mud-brick house after mud-brick house. And there were little kids everywhere. But nearly everyone has food and water and many have electricity. We got to the national park and signed up for a total DIY safari. We supplied the car and driver and they supplied the park ranger (named Kalimbu Charles). He was awesome. We drove into a grassland valley and found Impala, Zebra, Water Buffalo, tons of birds, 2 snakes, Antelope, etc. (Check out my Ryan McGinley-style zebra shot). Ha! We also encountered biting Horse Flies and Tse Tse Files. Damn those things are ugly. We even got in a motorboat and cruised out into the lake looking for Crocodiles and Hippos. We only saw some lame birds but being out on the water was great. And we had a nice view of the hills of Tanzania. After the day long safari we retired to the Game Lodge.

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Sunday, June 14th: We went to the Genocide Memorial in Kigali. It was intense. No words can describe. Just so unbelievable. 1,000,000 killed in 3 months. How is that even possible? Wall of names, mass graves, photos, tributes, skulls, bones - totally horrifying, but very well done and tasteful in terms of memorial and education. After that we visited a metal co-op where they make things out of old oil drums. Woks, BBQ grills, cake tins, chairs, foot lockers... it was incredible. Then we walked around a vibrant neighborhood with tons of local businesses and all of them had the most kick-ass hand-painted signs. I felt like we were in Memphis for a minute! We also ate a lot of great fish and chicken and Sarah did a bunch of "legwork" before I got there and found our favorite beer for us called M├╝tzig.

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I was going to post from Rwanda a few days ago but internet wasn't cooperating so that post will come later. More importantly, this morning in Akagera, we were eating breakfast at the lodge and a baboon charged into the dining room, jumped on the table and stole our pastries! We jumped up from the table and I grabbed my camera and started shooting. Sarah was screaming like crazy and we were both totally freaked out - but laughing too. It was completely ridiculous. All I can say is, Africa is awesome.