And so the journey begins

Our first couple days in Rwanda have felt surreal. After we landed in Kigali, we made it to our hostel without a hitch, and made ourselves at home. Our internal clocks were a little off after 24 hours of traveling, so we tried our best to get a good nights sleep. We woke up to quite the view, and we were overwhelmed by how beautiful this city is. Our hostel owner's business card reads "breakfast engineer" and he definitely earned that title! We have been treated to omelets with fresh avocado and tomato, coffee, and local fruit every morning. After breakfast, we put on our explorer gear and headed out to take on the city.  We conquered the public transportation and got our first experience of Rwandan daily life.

 


Later that afternoon, we caught a bus to the northern part of the country and made our way to our second hostel in Musanze. When we arrived the locals were throwing a celebration to thank the hostel owner and we were pulled into the fun. Lots of dancing and music all around. 


On Monday morning we met with Jean D'Amour was the founder of Pamoja Action and our time with him was incredible. He was so knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic. All the women we met with were so kind and shared so much with us. We really felt welcomed into their community. They sang for us before and after the interview and everyone joined in. It was a very special moment for me and I will remember it the rest of my life. ETL is off to a great start and we can't see where else this adventure takes us!

 

Until next time, 

Grace