Who knew a 45 minute delay leaving Des Moines would result in a 24 hour delay in reaching Rwanda? Consensus of the Rwanda Trio (Ellen Strachota, Tracy Levine & muah) is Rwanda is more than worth the wait!
Rwiza = beautiful in Kinyarwandan, native language for most Rwandans. Without a doubt Rwanda is an amazing counry.
Stepping off the flight Sunday night in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, the smell of charcoal hits you full force. Charcoal is the primary cooking and heating fuel in Rwanda. Not really a good thing, as this pollutes the air & is a cause of deforestation.
So, lots of friends & family have wondered about how the three of us would survive in a country that is primarily known for the horrific genocide of 1994. There is so much more to Rwanda than its tumultuous & tragic past. You soon focus on the mesmerizing beauty around every turn & the engaging friendliness of every Rwandan you meet.
And, yes, we’re all safe. We’ve already got some great stories, but for now, these photos capture a bit of our first few days.It was an incredible trek up into the Gahinga Mountain foothills to spend a little quality time with the Kwitonda Family of mountain gorillas.