Saturday, June 13, 2009


In Kigali and most of Africa taxi cars are hard to find but Motos are everywhere. Motos are motorcycles and scooters which are single seat taxis and are incredibly cheap, usually less than a dollar. The bikes are EVERYWHERE!!!! If you try to hail a moto and try and negotiate where you are going and how much for more than about 30 seconds you will have 2-3 more motos circling you and trying to give you a better deal.

The bikes are government regulated and drivers are required to wear a helmet and have a helmet for the rider as well. My only complaint is that they are sooooooo cold at night! We want to just go on moto rides at night for fun even if we have no destination but we figured it would be too hard to relay to a driver, “just drive me around and bring me back.”

That’s all, short post. I wish I had some pictures for you and will try to get them uploaded ASAP in London or Lisbon.

-XO Mike


  1. It's interesting the prevalence of them, not just in Africa but all over Europe too. Whereas in Chicago you might see one or two motorcycles (but probably NO scooters), in a lot of European (or African) cities, they are EVERYWHERE! Are we just too fat?

  2. Hi Michael,
    It's Mom. I just read all your posts to Dad, Na and Mer. We're in California and having a wonderful vacation. I didn't bring my computer, so this was the first time I've had the opportunity to read your posts. It sounds like you're having a fantastic time. We're so proud of you and happy for you. We all love you so much. Take good care of yourself.
    Mom (for all of us!)

  3. P.S.
    Reaghan says, "Mike, Mike, Mike"
    Dad says, "Sorry you missed the vacation in California, but it sounds like you're having a much more exciting time in Rwanda."
    Mer asks, "Have you found our beautiful Rwandan baby boy yet?"
    Hillary says, "Surprise! I'm going to India to teach yoga for 3 mos. starting on 7/7. See ya when I see ya!"
    Na says, "I'm purchasing wine for your August 12th homecoming."
    Beej says, "I love you man!"