Directions in Kigali depend on both the director and the directed having the same reference vocabulary. My directions usually start with, “Do you know the road to town? Between Sonatube and the UTC roundabout?” If the person responds, “What is Sonatube?” then I know that they live on another sphere of existence from us lowly school teachers and they never get out to our “outback” side of town. Thus they probably will not care about visiting any of the places I might be directing them toward.
If however the person says, “Oh the road that passes by Frulep?” I know that we will be fast friends.
Giving directions to school has, so far, been a vague, “Behind MiniJuste…down toward the Romalo Guest House.” People either nod knowingly or smile distantly. Short of leading them by the hand, we had no good way of directing them to the school location.
Behold, the ISK sign at the main road.