Another early morning! We left for Akagera, in the Eastern Province to go on a safari. Our driver was really awesome, and he let us play music on the way to the park.
On the safari, we saw so many different wildlife. My favorite was the hippos. Least favorite? Easily the tsetse fly. Those bites HURT! We stopped for lunch (fruit and sandwiches) and a halfway point and then drove back. There are so many zebra there, and we saw an elephant in the water (I think it knew Molly was coming. Elephants are her favorite).
The hotel was absolutely beautiful. The downside? Baboons. I am grateful my fear gave others so much laughter this week. I am fine never seeing these deadly creatures again in my life.
Dinner was wonderful. Solange, our guide, taught me some more words to pepper into conversations, and then after dinner we set up a little dance floor and had some fun dancing to salsa and bachata for the night.
I am going to miss this country, and it will be sad going back tomorrow.
I am honored to have been given this opportunity to go to Rwanda and look forward to growing from this experience, both professionally and personally. The Great Lakes region in Africa is of great interest to me, especially as a resident of the Great Lakes region in the United States. I currently work as a refugee resettlement case worker at a local agency in Buffalo. Conflict resolution and community building are two topics that are crucial in my work, and I am eager to both share my stories on those subjects and learn from the stories of others. Ultimately, through our collective stories, I hope to witness and engage in the solidarity that has developed in Rwanda since the mid-nineties. My hope is to bring that knowledge back to my work in Buffalo. The lessons learned can then be put into action by aiding in the development of programs that will have a positive effect on the families and communities that I serve.