Face-to-Face | Mountain Gorillas

Our final weekend during my parents’ visit last January/February was the ultimate crescendo to a wonderful 3 weeks together…getting up-close and personal with mountain gorillas! Crouched down, admiring the large silverback 10-15 feet in front of me, and looking through my camera lens, the 40+ year old got up from his relaxed pose he had been…

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Nyamirambo Women’s Center | Basketweaving

After the fun we had doing pottery in Gatagara, we set up another activity with VAYANDO at the Nyamirambo Women’s Center in Kigali during my parents’ and aunt’s trip to Rwanda last January/February. My husband and I love Rwandan baskets…the colors and patterns! Anytime we found a new pattern or color scheme, we could not resist…

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Earth Trembling | Intore Dancing

More from our visit to Rosamond Carr’s on our way back from Gisenyi during my parents’ and aunt’s trip to Rwanda last year… Roz Carr’s gardens were the ideal backdrop for the Intore dancing performance we arranged for our visit. The performance consists of three components, the women’s dance – or ballet, the men’s dance…

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Rosamond Carr’s Gardens and Imbabazi Orphanage

Another adventure during my parents’ and aunt’s 3 week visit to Rwanda… On our way back to Kigali from Gisenyi, we stopped by Rosamond Carr’s Gardens and the former Imbabazi Orphanage. As we waited for our tour to begin, we meandered through her gardens…an oasis of colors, flora, and birds. Endless varieties of flowers brought from…

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Our Rough Ride | Congo Nile Trail

The adventure continued with my parents and aunt from Kibuye to Gisenyi… We all have those trips that we think we have all planned out, itineraries, and printed google maps to get us from place to place…but there are those times when best laid plans don’t go your way. This adventure was one of them…

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Bats Overhead | Lake Kivu

More adventures during my parents’ three weeks in Rwanda in January and February last year…. Napoleon Island  From our hotel in Kibuye, we arranged a boat trip for the five of us out to Napoleon Island. All I could find on travel sites and other blogs was limited information about visiting Amahoro (meaning peace) Island, also known…

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Trying our Hand | Gatagara Pottery Cooperative

Hard to believe it’s already been a year since my parents and aunt visited us in Rwanda for three whirlwind weeks touring Rwanda. A lot has happened in the last year…finishing up our two years in Rwanda, having a baby, and moving to Cote d’Ivoire and with all of this I never finished my run down…

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Our Trip of a Lifetime | Tanzania – Ngorongoro Crater

Truly a wonder of this world, the Ngorongoro Crater is unlike anything else you will ever experience. As the last stop on our Tanzanian getaway and as a spot we had hoped to get to in our lifetime, we were in awe of the landscape and life housed within the crater.

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Our Trip of a Lifetime | Tanzania – Serengeti

Over the last few months, we have been packing in travel and particularly dream trips that we have been looking forward to for some time. In May, we were in France and in June we headed out to Tanzania for “our trip of a lifetime.” When crafting our bucket lists years ago, a rough version any…

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Quick South African Getaway

This last week/weekend, we took a quick trip down to Pretoria for our second trimester ultrasound and took advantage of the opportunity to spend a few days catching up with an old friend. Those few days there were exciting (finding out the sex of our little tater on the way), refreshing, and delicious.

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