01 Feb

Today's Coffee Break is taking place at DeliMuti Art Café in Kigali. The artistically designed coffee bar is located in Gisozi, on KG 14 Avenue. It was that artistic design that attracted my attention and led to this unscripted stopover.

Although this coffee break wasn't part of my itinerary, I am not in a hurry to leave. As a matter of fact, I have just picked up a book from the shelf. The book in question is titled Into Africa by Craig Packer. 

As I sip some coffee, Craig Packer takes me to Gombe and Serengeti national parks. His writing is deeper than my spontaneous travel chronicles. The veteran scientist has been conducting wildlife research in Africa since 1972. Through the book, I get a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a researcher in the field.       

From one page to another, I delve into the social lives of wild animals. The content stimulates my curiosity beyond the awe-inspiring sightseeing tours in wildlife habitats. I find myself grappling with a wide range of questions. Why do lions raise their cubs in crèches? Why do male baboons move from troop to troop, while male chimps band together? How do humans and wild animals co-exist sustainably in a world of diminishing resources? 

Sipping coffee while reading a good book activates a delightful symphony of senses. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with the crisp scent of paper to creates the magic that enables us to tour the world without leaving our chairs. This is a timeless ritual that nourishes both the mind and the spirit. 

At DeliMuti Art Café, I found a hideout in which art, coffee and books converge to weave a tapestry of harmony. While reading in this sanctuary, time slows down to allow the mind to unleash its wings and soar into the limitless realms of literature.