How to Celebrate Burundian Independence Day for Beginners

Take your AK-47 out to the street and hold it up with both hands.  Glare at everyone passing by. Go to the flower market.  Buy several plastic bags of ground nuts.  Shuffle back and forth outside the T-2000, the Chinese convenience store, while eating said nuts.  Glare at everyone passing by. Open a fresh box… Continue reading How to Celebrate Burundian Independence Day for Beginners

The Blue Hills of Kigali

The city of Kigali is built on a series of ridges, with the geography mirroring the relative affluence of the city’s districts.  Downtown, which is in the center of the city (where I’m sitting as I write this), is on one of the higher ridges (about 5k feet above sea level).  Mt. Kigali looms blue-brown… Continue reading The Blue Hills of Kigali