Then Tell The World

The Dalai Lama said, “Go to Tibet and see many places, as much as you can; then tell the world.” Here it goes… Visiting Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama, was the most difficult day of the trip so far. The palace was stunning. Perched on a hill overlooking Lhasa, it has all the history, spirituality, and humble grandeur the home of the Dalai Lama might be expected to command. But today, it’s... Read More

Living to Paint

I’d spent a couple days with a new friend in Rwanda. Enraptured with his stories and explanation of the scenery and people we were passing by, on the second day he shared his story with us. In Rwanda, ‘your story’ seems to always mean ‘your story during genocide’. I had just come from seeing the Gorillas that day, which was truly amazing. But in all honesty, being trusted with “James” story was just as much... Read More

Umaganda and Other Thoughts

Rwanda is the “land of a thousand hills”. I think there are actually five thousand, but either way, it’s beautiful. Even the capital city, Kigali, is stunning. It’s the cleanest, greenest and most organized, traffic free capital I’ve been to in a long time. The last Saturday of every month in Rwanda is Umaganda. I’m not sure what the exact translation is but it’s basically a half day of community service from... Read More

Small World, Rwanda Edition

We haven’t been posting much this last week been because we’ve been working in Kigali, Rwanda. We’re both trainers at a 10 day Young Political Leaders Academy sponsored by the National Democratic Institute Rwanda for aspiring politicos from each of Rwanda’s 10 recognized political parties. The program is being run by our good friend Amy Pritchard who we’ve been able to hang out with while we’re here along with the... Read More