Beautiful Rwanda

I am so busy writing and revising Sophie that I don’t have a new post ready for y’all.  But I leave you with a repost about one of the inspirations for the book I’m currently querying:  Kwizera.  It never hurts to be reminded what a beautiful country Rwanda is.

This is part of a series of posts discussing the real-life places, people and events that inspired scenes and characters in my young adult manuscript, “Kwizera Means Hope”.

II.  Volcanoes

One of the Virunga volcanoes loomed on the western horizon as I trudged up the hill from the tea plantations in the valley to the tarmac road in the weak early morning light.

Virunga Volcanoes in RwandaThe Virunga volcanoes lie at the conjunction of three central and eastern African countries:  Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).  They are home to mountain gorillas, made famous by Dyan Fossey and the movie, Gorillas in the Mist.

The volcanoes are sometimes visible from Byumba, the town in Northern Rwanda where “Kwizera” is set.  It depends on the clouds and the sun. Strangely – unless you’re familiar with meteorology, I guess – you cannot see the volcanoes on bright, sunny days.  Only right after it has rained.

Obviously, the closer you are to the volcanoes – in Ruhengeri or Gisenyi, perhaps – the more likely you are to see them, as in the above picture.

What are some beautiful countries that you just can’t get out of your head?  Tell me where your heart lies in the comments.




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2 responses to “Beautiful Rwanda

  1. The most evocative landscape I’ve visited has to be the British midlands. Something about how their forests are different from U.S. woods – their trees look like ents from LOTR, and ours just look like, well, trees. THAT and the diesel smell of London just thrusts me into a certain frame of mind. Sigh.

    • vtremp

      Isn’t it funny how a forest can just be so different from the ones we’re used to? Thanks for sharing, Zoe!

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