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,…

African Tea

Food in Rwanda is pretty different from the US. It consists largely of rice, beans, cabbage, posho (boiled maize flour, actually really good with sauce), bread, bananas, some meat (think goat, chicken, beef), and Irish potatoes. There are a variety of foods to choose from, like cauliflower, avocados, different fruits, and even zucchini, but in Musanze most people stick to the cultural…

First Week of Teaching

In these past few weeks I have come to conclude that I have two different people living within me. The first is named Am-Erica, and she is the part of myself that responds to African circumstances with an American attitude. She is easily frustrated and has a hard time being flexible. The second I call Af-rica, and she is the…

Speaking Activism

This past week has been a time of remembering in Rwanda. Of remembering a very tragic and horrendous part of their history. It has been a mere 23 years since the genocide that killed so many people and yet, there is a tangible sense of hope. Looking up and onwards, while still taking the time to fully grieve everything and everyone…