Friday, November 13, 2009

Trip to Bujumbura, Burundi

Last weekend, one of my housemates and I went down to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.  Burundi is almost the exact same size as Rwanda and shares its southern border and similar geography.  However, conditions in Burundi are much worse than those in Rwanda.  It has the third lowest per capita GDP on earth and an active rebel group still dominates the northwest region of the country.  In fact, the road from Kigali to Bujumbura we took runs through this region, but you can't travel it at night because the army closes it due to safety concerns.

All that said, Bujumbura sits on the northern end of Lake Tanganyika and has beautiful beaches and a great view of DRC's mountains across the lake.  We spent a lot of our time at a little beach club that has opened in the last year and is frequented by the UN expats and the US Marines from the Embassy.

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