The only clothing items I had packed were waterproof motorcycle gear and sports apparel. Nothing else. While in Nyamasheke, I did a lot of adventure riding. I also observed my early morning workout routine.
Biking and sporting wear served me well during my 2-week Nyamasheke expedition. I thought I had everything I needed until my departure day. On my last day there, I was instructed to do a presentation in front of the Mayor, the Executive Secretary and two Vice Mayors.
Preparing the presentation was as easy as chewing a piece of cake. That’s because I always document my experiences and observation. There was one problem though; I didn’t have an appropriate outfit for a business meeting, let alone an encounter with the honorables.
It was Friday. On Fridays, officials in both public and private institutions tend to ditch their suits and ties in favor of a casual dress code. Even on a casual Friday, I wouldn’t walk into a boardroom donning a body armor protective suit or a pair of Under Armour sweat pants.
This wardrobe malfunction created a predicament I wasn’t prepared for. Luckily, my nosy-self had seen decent clothes in a neighboring shop. The shop in question is known as Ambara Uberwe, which means get dressed and look good.
I rushed to the shop less than an hour before my scheduled presentation. It was a few minutes past 8 a.m. The shop was still closed but when I called the owner, he came to my rescue immediately.
What’s the moral of this story? Always pack a pair of corporate-friendly wear. You never know. It was a leisure trip but there is a thin line between business and leisure.
The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Nyamasheke is sponsored by Nyamasheke District, The Click Creations, Tec-Global Ltd, Elimo Real Estate Ltd and Exposure. Follow his awe-inspiring expedition on Twitter @GeoExposure.