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Snapshots of Rwanda

I just found this post saved as a draft all the way from January 2012 and decided--- no time like the present to post them!  Yes, I'm no photographer, and yes, some of these photos might've been taken out the side of a moving car, but hey, Rwanda is always pretty-looking! Now, time to hop on a plane to Iceland!...
My father is the #1 follower of my blog. Of the total number of "pecks" (site visits) I've had so far, he has probably contributed about two-thirds of them. When he purchased an iPad, my daily hits skyrocketed. At first I thought I had made it big! But then I realized it was my dad keeping the page open...

Going to School in Rwanda

My sisters tricked me into coming over to Kigali, Rwanda for the rest of my winter break by promising me fun and adventures. But it was a trap! They actually want me here not for my amazing personality and quick wit but so I will code the Akilah Institute's web page. They entice me to come visit the campus...
Only six months later and I’m back in Kigali, Rwanda. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on coming back anytime soon- not because I don’t want to, but because I figured I wouldn’t have time- but here I am once again! Since I’m not heading back to school until around January 20th, I would’ve had more than 2 full...
Happy holidays from Florida! It doesn't quite feel like Christmas with the warm weather and sunny skies, but I'll take it over what the weather channel calls "wintry mix" any day. Stay warm, I'll be fishing. P.S. Our tree is fake. It tilts to one side. My dad only bought silver and blue ornaments so it looks like we celebrate Hanukkah. and...
Well, it would seem my Africa trip documentation fizzled out. And then I went to Canada. And then Florida. And now I'm back in Cambridge for school. And I haven't talked about any of it! This is very bad for my poor, neglected blog, but at this point, I don't even have time to watch a 30 minute TV show on...
The Akilah Institute is a college located in Kigali, Rwanda that empowers young women through leadership and hospitality management training, providing them with the skills to find employment in the hospitality industry, which is the fastest growing sector of the Rwandan economy. This concept became a reality in January 2010 with the inauguration of Akilah's first class of 50...

Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda!

I had never been to Africa before this trip. Heck, I wasn't even planning on going to Africa this summer. It was my sisters that had planned their own trip. But when I got called by my oldest sister, Elizabeth, and she asked me to come to Rwanda as well to surprise our other two sisters, Cody and Mary...
Since I dabbled in Kinyarwanda on my trip to Africa, I only find it fitting to share the basics of the language on here as well. Unfortunately, it seems that there are absolutely no to very few options out there for learning Kinyarwanda. Even in the ipod App store, which has endless supplies of language learning apps (free and...
Well, I am now sitting in the Nairobi airport. After the 6 hour flight from Rome to Nairobi, which got delayed over 12 hours, I was expecting to be put in a hotel for the night and fly out the next morning. But, surprise! My sister Elizabeth was waiting for me when I came out of the gate. Turns...
It would seem that I jinxed myself by saying I didn’t get the chance to explore Rome. I guess Kenya Airways heard my grumbling and decided to delay my flight to Nairobi in order to give the opportunity. My flight, which was supposed to leave at 11 this morning, is now leaving at 7:30 tonight. This also means I’m...
As I write this blog post, I am sitting in the airport in Rome, Italy, eavesdropping on a smorgasbord of rapidly speaking Italianos... and one annoying American couple. Ugh. But once I tune them out, it’s almost as if I’m surrounded by white noise. I don’t understand anything except for the intermittent “grazie,” “prego,” or “arrividerci.” I had scoured...
Woah, I did not realize that flying to Rome took so long. I guess after so many China flights, I figured nothing else could be that bad. And yes, it wasn’t as bad. After all, it wasn’t 14 hours. But 8 hours or so can be rough also. My brain and perception on life have officially been fried and...
Friday night was Cambridge's annual Dance Party. They shut down Massachusetts Avenue and thousands gathered to dance the night away. The music was good, the skies stayed clear, and I got to boogie it down on Cambridge City Hall...not your everyday opportunity. My dance moves were limited due to lack of skill in that department, but luckily, the crowd...

Goodbye World Expo

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 is officially over. It lasted 184 days, from May 1 to October 31st, and received more than 73.08 million visitors. In fact, on one day alone, there were 1,032,800 visitors to the Expo grounds. I've been back home from the Expo for over a month now so I wasn't able to enjoy the last...

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