Monday, April 19, 2010
AFter flying for almost 2 days straight I finally arrive in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda and my suitcase, with my whole life, is not there. Thankfully the local VSO office is very helpful and I get my suitcase intact 2 days later. Thanks goes also to my roomate Mary for lending me some fresh clothes until my own stuff arrived. We start training in our small group of 6 almost immediately. Everyday there are some Kinraywandan lessons as well as other helpful information about how things work with VSO in Rwanda. We get to do some shopping and site seeing (the Memorial Centre is a particularly important visit to understand a bit of the history of the country) and of course we get to vond as a group. I am the second youngest in the group with the oldest being Alan at 75 who has been volunteering with VSO for many years and has some great stories. Wim, from Amsterdam is the baby at 36 years of age! We are excitedly (and sometimes tiredly) absorbing as much as we can in a short period of time. We are staying at a lovely guesthouse called Amani, which means peaceful (althought when the roosters crow in the morning it's not very peaceful).