Sunday, July 6, 2014

Rwanda: Day Seventeen

Yesterday started out perfectly relaxing.  It was the only day for the whole summer that I didn't have to set an alarm to be anywhere--that was a nice thought heading to bed--but I woke up at 5:45 anyway.  We all just chilled around the house for the morning and it was great to not have to be thinking about anything.  We headed up to the school for some WiFi and fellowship around 9:00 and then we began our adventure about three hours later.

A couple of friends from school joined Braner Party of 7-minus-1 for a trip to town with the goals being lunch, money exchange, and craft market shopping.  Lunch and cash were a success and then we headed for the market.  We walked. And we walked. And we walked. And we walked.  Then we realized that we were heading in the wrong direction so we turned around, headed back UP the hill and walked some more.  Have I mentioned that Rwanda is the Land of a Thousand Hills?  Mt. Kigali (where downtown is located) is 6,075 feet and the lowest point in the country is under 1,000 feet.  We hiked.  We didn't just walk.  The kids were troopers.  They didn't complain at all and I was so proud of them (especially once we got home and realized that the three of us girls each had 2-3 blisters per foot from our Ugandan flip flops.

Last night was a BBQ at the school and it was super yummy.  While we were cooking out, a bunch of muzungu were playing in the field with tons of Rwandan children--they had soccer balls and parachutes and jump ropes.  My three littles headed over to participate in the fun and the Westerners totally thought that Gabby and Tiki were local.  It was hysterical to see the looks on their faces when I came to get my kids!

We headed home immediately after dinner was served and crawled into bed before 8 (which is probably why it is 3:30 in the morning and I am wide awake).  We were EXHAUSTED!  But it was a great and memorable day seventeen.

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