Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Whirlwind Trip

It has been way too long since my last post! The combination of a bad internet connection and constant traveling is not conducive to my regimented posting schedule. But now that our travels are over and we are back in the house in Kigali, I can finally fill you all in on what has been happening over the past few weeks.

We hitched a ride with the Harwood crew South to Butare, North to Kivu, and East to Akagera before we came back home and bid the group farewell Friday afternoon. I was so sad to see them go. Nothing brings people closer together than an experience such as this one. I was thoroughly impressed with the concepts they discussed during the infamous “Congo sessions” or reflections and with their positive attitude throughout the whole experience. I know that these students will go home and tell the world about Rwanda. Once you have the bug, you can’t shake it.

During our travels we talked with energetic students about the future of Rwanda, witnessed a high school debate, learned about Rwanda’s cultural history through dance, relaxed on the shores of Lake Kivu, dipped our feet in the waters of the hot springs, and drove through the bush searching for wild animals.

Ally sporting some traditional dance gear

Tony (teacher from Woonsocket High School, RI)
doing his thing

Bus stuck at the hot springs. No problem for our driver, Alexis

My feet enjoying the hot water! Note my Chaco tan!




Traditional dancers

Balancing skills

For more about what we have been experiencing over the past few weeks, check out Ally's blog. Also, be sure to check out the Harwood/Woonsocket blog over the next few weeks. The students have been working on some media projects dealing with various topics about the trip and I'm sure they will be finishing them up and posting them there. In the meantime, check out the entries already there! You can also check out Andrea's blog. She is a reporter for the Addison Independent and a part of the Vermont Folklife Center team that joined the group this year.

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