Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
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the starting point at 2600m above sea level. We had to wait for the 3rd hiker,
a Russian guy called John (great Russian name that one!). He was ready in his
trainers, thick army looking coat, massive camera hanging off his neck and
tripod under his arm. I wondered if anyone had bothered to inform him that this
hike was meant to be very muddy, steep and challenging. His energy at first was
highly entertaining. He thought nothing of ...
... t get sent to school. Boys get sent to school. Disposable girls don’t get medical treatment. Boys get prioritized and kept healthy. Disposable girls are left behind in academics and in the professional world. Boys are expected to be breadwinners. Disposable girls are burned with acid or killed for dishonoring their family. Boys are forgiven, if they receive blame at all. Disposable girls die in childbirth. Boys can always just find ...
... Nyabugogo Bus Station, or "Nyabugogs" (sometimes just “The 'gogs”), as we have come to lovingly refer to it, has become a familiar sight. We may actually be there more often than we are home. It’s crowded, hectic, and a bit of an eyesore, but god bless it. There is almost no more triumphant of a moment than reaching that ugly, rowdy station after like a ten hour ride from some far flung umudugudu (village).
Anyway. The launch was at what was called ...
... even more grey. When I had my mugging incident, someone told me I shouldn't have been out with only one girl with me. I can understand not walking alone, but to say that I need a male escort in the middle of the day in a nice part of town? Too much. But I'm not sure what can be done for any of these issues, except to forge ahead- to make sure those mothers are able to study, to push forward women leaders, and to demand the right and privilege to walk ...
... enough food for the day, or dying of something far less dramatic but much more treatable, like diarrhea or pneumonia. Life has to go on. Also, my life has to go on, and the more time I've spent in Rwanda, the more I've fallen in love with the country, which brings me to my next buried lead (sensing a theme?) I think I'd like to stay, or if not stay, then definitely come back for an extended period of ...