Moving On

June 20, 2013

My contract in Rwanda is officially finished. Now, sitting with my old pal and fellow English Teaching Assistant, Laurie, in the Vaal, South Africa, I still don’t believe that I have actually left.

Many of my friends continue to ask me how I feel now that I am leaving the land of a thousand hills. I will certainly miss a lot from that very strange place, but exactly as for what I can’t say yet. Rwanda was my first postgraduate year in a professional environment, trying to understand the new found freedom outside of the structure of 16 years of schooling. Growth has been inevitable.

Though my time in Rwanda is over, this blog is going to continue for a little longer. I’m going to continue to take advantage of my freedom and travel. After lots of fun seeing South Africa (starting in Johannesburg, then to Vereeniging, hiking the Otter Trail, festivals in Grahamstown and Knysna, a wine tour in Stellenbosch, then finally Cape Town), I will, then, head to Kampala, Uganda for the International Consortium for Social Development ( Then, it’s off to Norway to celebrate the first anniversary of my lovely cousin and her husband. My final stop will be the Italian peninsula to visit a gang of the pasta lovers whom I met in Rwanda. Not bad for a few months of “funemployment”, eh?

We missed each other. A lot.

We missed each other. A lot.

Caught between the experience and nostalgia, I know I will miss my people back in Rwanda; the Fulbright Fam, Chateau Nta Ikibazo, and the Kibungo boys. They have been an amazing blessing this year, and I am so happy that I have made their acquaintance.

Currently though, after enjoying a meat-heavy dinner and drinking gallons of water straight from the tap, I’m quite content. I’m only a human, after all.

God bless South African Braai. Delicious.

God bless South African Braai. Delicious.


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