RACHEL'S RUMINATIONS!

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Feeling My Age

Kirundo, Burundi, July 31 I’m 47 years old, and the last time I was in sub-Saharan Africa I was about 26. I’ve realized here what a difference that makes. It’s … Continue reading

July 31, 2009 · Leave a comment

Fastidiousness

Kirundo, Burundi, July 30   We’ve organized our workshops into sets of four or five sessions per workshop. There are four main workshops, and the participants will rotate through all … Continue reading

July 30, 2009 · Leave a comment

Kalashnikovs and Continuing Education

Kirundo, Monday, July 27 I just shook hands with someone who was carrying a Kalashnikov. (To be honest, I don’t really know if it was a Kalashnikov, an AK-47, or … Continue reading

July 27, 2009 · Leave a comment

Church in Burundi

Kirundo, Burundi, Sunday, July 26 Believe it or not, I actually went to church this morning. And, what’s more, it was my second time in church this year. The first … Continue reading

July 26, 2009 · Leave a comment

Link for Photos

I managed to post a few photos from our first day in Burundi on line. Click here to go there. I probably won’t get a chance to post anymore until … Continue reading

July 25, 2009 · Leave a comment

Racist or Rational?

I’ve been thinking about how fearful I was on the flights coming here. The first flight was KLM, which is an airline I’ve flown quite a few times and trust. … Continue reading

July 25, 2009 · 4 Comments

The First Day

  Friday, July 24, Bujumbura, Burundi It’s 1:30 in the morning. We just arrived, and I’d really like to go to bed, but I’m waiting for the hotel to bring … Continue reading

July 24, 2009 · Leave a comment

Rocca Priori, Italy, July 9, 2009

We were in Rome yesterday and the day before, but apparently so were representatives of the G8 nations and other dignitaries. Sights/sites closed or opened arbitrarily to accommodate their whistle-stop … Continue reading

July 20, 2009 · Leave a comment

Outside Vicchio, Italy, July 17, 2009

  So here I am in what has to be the most beautiful place I’ve ever stayed. It’s an old farmhouse, probably dating in part from the 14th century, in … Continue reading

July 20, 2009 · Leave a comment

Niederweiler, Germany, July 4, 2009

As we were driving down the German autobahn today, zipping along at 150 kilometers per hour, watching the scenery gradually change, all I could think about was how incredibly fortunate … Continue reading

July 20, 2009 · 1 Comment