It is hard to believe that I have been here for four weeks already! In many ways it feels like the time has gone by very, very quickly. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago that I was saying goodbye to my mom and brother at the airport. Regardless, I have come across many things that I love here in Rwanda and I thought I would share some of them with you:
- Walking to work and then home again in evenings and being stared at by the schoolchildren. Most are brave and say, “Bonjour” and their smiles become a million miles wide when I start speaking French back to them.
- Going for runs in the morning and seeing the sun rise over the hills of Kigali
- Chapati – why I have to run in the first place
- Clemence, my office mate, who makes me laugh more than anyone else here
- The guards – whether it be at the office or at home – they are so cute and I just want to hug them all (no worries, I won’t)
- Song 146 in the green song book. I don’t know what it says but I constantly have it stuck in my head
- Spending time journaling. I don’t do it nearly as much as I wish I did but when I do, I love it
- Getting emails and facebook messages from home.
- CitrusMint gum – my after lunch treat
- The smiles of the pastors that we come in contact with and the huge hearts that they have for their congregations
- The old women who always hug me and and grab my hands. I’m not sure what they are saying to me but I could “talk” to them all day
- Walking home past the embassies and the Rwandan “White House” every day – kind of like DC…
- The 75 degree weather every day
I’m sure there are a million more but these are the ones that come to mind immediately as I sit here. Life is good and I’m happy.