Month: November 2016

They Don’t Celebrate Thanksgiving in Rwanda

They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, but I’m still taking this time to talk about being thankful! Where to even begin. When I look at my life the question quickly changes from “what am I thankful for” to “is there anything I’m not thankful for”? I cannot even begin to express the amount of gratitude I feel towards this life. The…

Kigali

Can you believe I’ve been in Rwanda for almost 3 months already?  Sometimes it feels like I’ve never been anywhere else and sometimes I just really miss the Starbucks drive-through. Although, I’d trade Starbucks for the fresh fruits and avocados of Rwanda any day! Smoothies here are the best thing I’ve ever had. ANYWAY. Let me tell you about how…

Anxiety and Gorillas

The night before I went to see the gorillas I had an anxiety attack. Of course, I called my mom and we listened to Lenard Cohen and talked until I could sleep (my mom is the best). I’ve had anxiety for the last few years and but it wasn’t until about a year ago that I started actively looking into…

Ooo Ooo Eee Ah Ooooo

Guess who’s going to learn to speak gorilla! ME! I am officially hiking to see the gorillas on Saturday! I am beyond excited!! For those of you who don’t know, my favourite Disney movie has always been Tarzan and, subsequently, my favourite animal has always been the gorilla. They are such amazing creatures, so intelligent and family-oriented. I am blown away…

There are Deaf Students in Rwanda?

Yes! I know this sounds like a dumb question, but at least for me, I didn’t even think about how deaf children or individuals were living and learning in Rwanda. As many of you know, I studied ASL in college at Gallaudet University in DC and briefly in high school and it has always held a special place in my…