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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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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Reborn Kyoto | Rwanda

Shortly after I arrived in Kigali, I was introduced to a charity organization and social club called Africa International Club (AIC) – Rwanda. Funds raised through outings and events go to support local projects. This organization has afforded me the opportunity to met and connect with a number of other women from the US and other parts of…

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When in Africa | Our First Safari

Determined to fully explore our new home, my husband and I decided to spend Friday and Saturday at Akagera National Park to go on our first safari. Only about 2.5 hours from Kigali, Rwanda, Akagera seemed like the perfect first place for us to visit together. We couldn’t have been more impressed by the ambience…

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2015: A New Year | New Places, Cuisines, and Adventures

After a several month hiatus from {A Hint of Ginger} filled with preparing, packing up, and saying goodbye to friends and family, my husband and I are starting off 2015 in Rwanda. His job as a diplomat at the US Embassy in Kigali has brought us here for the next two years. The whirlwind of the…

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