Finally, after 24 hours of travelling we have arrived! If I had to describe this in one word, it would be 'long.' I met some interesting seatmates on the plane and am so grateful to have been next to them for such delightful conversation.
We rode from the airport to the guest house via bus, and all on the street there were people walking, waving, and enjoying themselves. The bus wound up and down the hills for quite a bit until we finally got to the hotel. I didn't take any pictures yet- too busy grabbing in the scenery.
Our room is a bit snug, but overall clean and neat. From our windows we can hear a wedding being held in the chapel. Those walking around are singing along to the hymns.
The weather is cool, and since I showered I have been sitting in a gazebo on the grounds, taking in the fresh air. Everyone is so friendly, and I am living for this language mix of Kiswahili, French, and Kinyarwanda when talking to people.
Can't wait to see what tomorrow holds!
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.