Holding the Tension

Today did not start out well, when I realized at 6:30am that I needed to buy more power….so I washed my hair in the dark, only stubbed my toe once, and lit my gas stove with some matches to boil water for my morning coffee. TIA (This Is Africa), you never know what the day has in store for you until…

Never Run When You’re Scared

They didn’t run. Those counter-protestors in Charlottesville stood their ground. They stood in the face of fear, in the face of hatred, in the face of ugly bigotry and human ignorance. In the moments after, in these moments after, we must stand together. Living in Rwanda I’ve learned a lot about pain. Let me tell you what I’ve seen. I’ve…

The Only Constant is Change

I’ve been in Rwanda for 134 days and in that time everything has changed, is still changing. The way I think about poverty has changed, what I consider an inconvenience has changed, how much sunscreen I use on a daily basis has changed, and what I am thankful for has changed. And yet some things are exactly the same: how…

Bring on the African Tea

Made it back to Rwanda from Greece! The trip was an absolute DREAM and I got to spend some quality time with my Canadian cousins–it’s really hard to nail us all down in one place! The climate in Greece is super hot all the time so being back in this mild climate is pretty cool (ha!). I wouldn’t trade my…

Put Some Windex On It

A report by the American Heart Association came out saying that coconut oil is not actually a healthy food (cue GASP!). Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and you shouldn’t eat it in excess, much like literally every other food with saturated fat. This isn’t really a surprise, these facts have been known for years. But what can you…

Goodbye Rwanda, Hello Greece!

It still doesn’t seem quite real: I’m flying to Greece for 2 weeks for a family reunion on Monday! Not only do I get to see my entire family on my mom’s side (this rarely happens because we’re all over the world currently), but Greece is in the same timezone as Rwanda so no jet-lag for me! I’ll still be…

“Should”

The way the light comes through the windows in my living room is really beautiful, especially in the afternoon. The sun brightens the light green colours of the couches and creates light and dark designs on the floor where the bars on the windows block its path. When you look outside the view will take your breath away: Lush, green…

Eating Healthy? Help!

Guys, I need your help. I’ve been having a hard time actually making dinner and breakfast for myself to eat here. Most of the reasons involve me getting home and being exhausted and I’m not really a breakfast person (more like chug a cup of coffee and go kind of person). Also, living alone means I have no one to…

Embrace the Flow

It’s been a bit more than a week since my last post, but take that as a good thing because I’m finally settling into the flow of life here. I think there will always be some ways in which I’m still adjusting, but for now life has fallen into a sort of routine which to me is a comfort. It…

Celebrate the Good Things

Today was a good day, I repeat: TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY! After what seemed like a lot of uphill struggles with myself, my expectations, my teaching, and so many other things (AKA life in general), I finally feel like I’ve reached the top of this mountain. I made it. I’m going to stay here a bit, drink in this view,…