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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

MJ and Whiteface Alive in Rwanda

We lived it up on our last night in Rwanda at an outdor restaurant/bar under the stars about 30 minutes outside Kigali. It was a small place where our group of 25 dominated the dance floor at times, we did a double take when performers came out… There was Kenny Rogers in whiteface. Yes, that’s right, whiteface, not blackface. Everyone new the words and sang along to The Gambler. Classic. And then there was The King of Pop. I stopped... 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

Yellow Card Lesson

It was almost a very expensive rookie mistake packing my yellow (immunization) card in my check-in baggage when flying from Rwanda to Thailand today. They wanted proof that I’d been vaccinated for yellow fever before I could go through immigration and into Thailand. Otherwise they’d happily charge me for a new jab. Of course, I had to get through immigration to get to the baggage carrousel. Brilliant packing strategy on my part. Luckily,... 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

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