Ryan began feeling under the weather yesterday, sniffing, sneezing, sore throat and so on. Because of this we decided to stay an extra day in Kibuye to recuperate a bit before boarding another long bus for the day. To aid in this we slept in and then I got up and paid for another night at the hotel. Then we had a nap – so far a good day! We finally got moving, enjoyed our en-suite shower, which was hot, and decided to walk into town to get lunch, use the internet and pick up some snacks for when we were on the bus the next day.
On our way there, it was about a 10 minute walk, we collected a little gathering of children that had just gotten out of the church beside our hotel. For most of the walk we had about 6 kids following us that were heading somewhere near town and in our direction. The oldest of the lot, named Hebert (Herbert, but in French) spoke with us off and on and asked Ryan if I was his woman. Ryan smiled and said yep this is my woman. As we made the town traffic circle/turn off the kids headed towards the lake and us into “town”. Lunch was back at Joyeux Jardin – not quite as good of a buffet today but still nice to eat local and by now we knew the drill and just walked in grabbed some plates and started dishing up. The internet cafe was closed – hazard of trying this on a Sunday, but we were able to stop at the small market store and get water and cookies.
We walked back to the hotel, very slowly as Ryan was sick, watching the locals on their walks to and from church, work, home, we’re not sure but it was nice to see life happening around us. Once back Ryan laid down on the ground outside our room on his bright yellow aloha towel in the hot sun while I journaled. A lady came over and seemed like she wanted Ryan to move so she could take the garbage out, but she spoke no English. Once Ryan got up and moved into the room she walked away laughing and talking to herself – weird. We had another nap and then decided to walk down the hill to the lake – the hotel has a pretty garden with switchback paths to the lake side. We followed the path and heard kids talking and playing – as we turned the corner we could see 2 boys getting ready for a swim. They followed us to the water and said hello – all the English they knew it seemed. Then they stripped to their underwear and got in, the older one immediately off for a swim the younger one a little mor cautious about the temperature of the water. Ryan did a chicken imitation which the older one smirked at and the younger one finally got in. Swimming isn’t really taught here, evidenced by the arms only paddling and leg flailing that we watched, but they were having fun and didn’t need us to go in and save them at any point. When they were done swimming the older one came over and touched each of us on the shoulder – something we have had happen before with kids but don’t really understand – do they think we are not real? or that we would feel different? Or is it a game – how many mzungus have you poked? (we’re leaning towards the last one). We did managed to get a parting photo of the two, figured they owed us for the pokes.
We began the slow climb back up the hill, Ryan stopping to take photos on the way and catch his breath. At the top we decided to get something for diner and ran into Amber at the dining hall and deck. She told us about her day off at another hotel on the other side of this peninsula for drinks but apparently the view is nicer here. We all had dinner, pizza for us girls, and drinks while we chatted and the sun ran away to hide. Then once again it was time to pack for the next day of travel and get ourselves some rest. This was for sure our most laid back day of the trip so far with a whole lot of sitting and napping, just what I like and what Ryan needed for his body even if his head is always wanting to go explore and find something new and interesting.