Home in Kigali

More substantial posts to come!  In the meantime, I wanted to share photos from around Kigali.

I’ve actually surprised myself with how few pictures I have taken in the last month here in Rwanda.  Back home, the camera is out for every event, no matter how minor.  I think I have been caught up in the bustle on the streets, making sure I am moving with the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and not becoming an obstruction, or a spectacle.  I have been aiming for a certain level of inconspicuousness when I am out and about, which quickly evaporates with every Kodak moment.  Though, I am likely kidding myself to think that this muzungu is blending in, camera or not.

I’ll start with some photos from around the new rental, including glamour shots of some of the garden plants:

This small banana tree was leaning dramatically under the weight of one of the biggest stalks I have ever seen.
This small banana tree was leaning dramatically under the weight of one of the biggest stalks of bananas I have ever seen. Eventually, one windy night, the bananas brought the whole tree down.
Of course, we couldn't let good bananas go to waste, so cleared the foliage and got to swinging with a machete.  Finally, the bananas were free! The huge stalk was difficult to pick up and maneuver, and my rough estimate is that it weighed about 45 lbs.
Of course, we couldn’t let good bananas go to waste, so I cleared the foliage and got to swinging with a machete (and only accidentally sacrificed two bananas in the process). Finally, the bananas were free! The huge stalk was difficult to pick up and maneuver, and my rough estimate is that it weighed about 45 lbs.
Hello, friend!  This tiny gecko was kind enough to share his chair with me.
Hello, friend! This tiny gecko was kind enough to share his chair with me.
These flowers grow in a garden outside.  The are found near the end of long, pod-covered stalks.  Can anyone identify them?
These flowers grow in a garden outside. The are found near the end of long, pod-covered stalks. Can anyone identify them?

Tomatillo pt 2?

These grow in the same garden with the yellow flowers. There is a small green fruit inside.  Maybe a small tomatillo?  Is that a tomatillo-illo?
These grow in the same garden with the yellow flowers. There is a small green fruit inside. Maybe a small tomatillo? Would that make it  a tomatillo-illo?
While I was busy taking pictures, this guy was down the road quite vocally making sure the neighborhood was aware of his presence.  I suspect this is a long-crested eagle, but there is such a wide and interesting variety of bird species in Rwanda, it is hard to be sure.
While I was busy taking pictures, this guy was down the road quite vocally making sure the neighborhood was aware of his presence. I suspect this is a long-crested eagle, but there is such a wide and interesting variety of bird species in Rwanda, it is hard to be sure.

That’s all for now, but more to follow. Thanks for reading! Let me know if you can help identify some of my mystery plants and animals, and if there is anything Rwanda/Kigali/CHAI/PULSE-related you’ve been waiting to find out, leave a comment, send me a note, or yell really loudly.

6 comments

  1. The photos are great! Vegetation around where you live seems opulent. Sorry, I can’t help identify anything. I would have known the bananas… 🙂
    Is there a difference in light compared to home? Is the air fragrant?
    Regarding CHAI, have you been given tasks and projects yet? Or is it still mainly learning and absorbing?
    I am a team mate of Desmond. So I am reading all Kigali blogs. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Angelika! The garden is great, and the bananas have been filling! The biggest difference in light is just that it is daylight from about 5:30am to 6:30pm all year round. The temperature stays about the same as well, or so I hear. There are some herbs in the garden that I can definitely identify with my nose if not my eyes.
      We have now been given quite a few tasks to help with at the Ministry of Health, and it is a nice change to have some output! I think one of Desmond’s recent posts has a bit more detail on the tasks.
      Please feel free to ask any other questions. Maybe the answers will provide fodder for a new blog post!

      1. Hi,
        Just wondering if you were ever able to identify the yellow flowers ar the end of the pod covered stalks?
        I have the same flowers but, don’t know what they are.
        Thank you,

      2. Good question, Peter! I can’t say for sure, but I think it looks like it may be some sort of hollyhock, or something in the same family.

  2. Hi, thank you. Yes, I looked up Hollyhocks and they do have similarities. Anyway, a very nice looking flower.
    Regards,

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