Rwanda is beautiful but the silence in this country reminds me of the silence I encountered in Singapore (peaceful silence). While Singapore lacks personality Rwanda has character and culture.
Hell! I have walked in some parts of the cleanest city in Africa, Kigali, looking for people laughing and talking loudly and I haven’t found it. I miss Kenya. I never thought I would ever miss Kenya. I miss the warmth that the Kenyan people have, I thought I hated the noise at Railways, I can do anything to hear a makanga tell me “Mrembo panda na Mbao twende.” I miss my Kikuyu cab driver telling me “Ai sisi Wakikuyu ndio waisraeli” I miss the noise that comes with Kenyan markets and these stages at Olympic With Luos making noise. I can do anything to hear “Sisi ndio Serikal”
What will bother you about Rwanda is that the silence feels like someone just died. That moment of silence we have after a tragedy and we have cried to our heart’s content. The silence in Rwanda saddens me, it’s not the peaceful kind of silence it’s the silence people have when they are on a leash. Their silence feels forced like everyone is afraid to talk loudly…
Image Source: Rough Guides – 9 Reasons to visit Kigali, Rwanda