There’s something about the energy of an African market that is impossible to replicate. The smell of cassava flour and ripe banana and crushed fresh coriander wafting on the breeze; the sound cloud of bartering (and bantering) ebbing and flowing like an endless aural audio loop; the crush of people migrating amidst staggered stalls selling everything from traditional herbs and home-brew Akabanga peri-peri oil, to #NBA knock-off sneakers …
Cue colourful splashes of Kente cloth in a visual time-lapse, punctuated by the crimson flash of slashed watermelon; the buzzing of an army of benign bees in a holding formation above the fresh fruit stands; the visceral blood and guts of the local butcher, wielding his razor-sharp machete with deft and determined strokes … it makes for a multi-pronged assualt on every one of your senses.
Markets in #Rwanda were not much different to elsewhere in Africa, except that there was no edge or anger to the energy here. It was business as usual in #Africa, but with flow and purpose, and being a part of it was just one more incredible out-take from our Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheRiftValleyExperience.
It is now a couple of weeks later and I’m working through thousands of images, wondering how to best tell the dozens of stories coursing through my mind. All I know is that it was an immense privilege to spend time in #RemarkableRwandawith Peter Van Kets and the rest of the #BTRV Team, and that I’d love to venture back here on another Beyond Expeditions journey – with Isuzu South Africa, Front Runner South Africa and Hi-Tec South-Africa – in the future.
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