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Waiting in Kirundo

Kirundo, Burundi, August 13 I’m sitting in the van right now, waiting to leave for Bujumbura. We seem to spend a lot of time here waiting, but I realized yesterday … Continue reading

August 13, 2009 · Leave a comment

Street Children

Kirundo, Burundi, August 9 There are a lot of street children here. They wander around town, dressed in rags the colour of the earth, and beg for money. So, of … Continue reading

August 9, 2009 · Leave a comment

Twa Pottery

Kirundo, Burundi, August 9 On Friday we were taken to visit a potter, with one of the English teachers, named Claude, as our guide. On the ride there, which turned … Continue reading

August 9, 2009 · Leave a comment

English Teaching in Kirundo

Kirundo, Burundi, Thursday, August 6 The level of English, as I’ve already written, varies enormously among the English teachers we’re training (all of the English teachers in Kirundo province, I’m … Continue reading

August 6, 2009 · Leave a comment

Status in Burundi

Kirundo, Burundi, Tuesday, August 4 Social status seems to be a big issue in Burundi. We were certainly all aware already that there is a big difference between the poorest … Continue reading

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Tough Meat

Kirundo, Birundi, Monday, August 3 I was sick yesterday: stomach cramps at regular intervals, a mild fever, a headache and general aches and pains all over my body. The cause … Continue reading

August 3, 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