We came to Rwanda together in January 2011. There were about 24 of us who all arrived at the same time. In a few weeks there will only be four of us left. So many goodbyes, it's sad but one of the great things about VSO is making new friends, some of whom will be lifelong. It is a very special kind of person who volunteers in this way - adventurous, independent and supportive, empathetic and compassionate, flexible, adaptable, incredible fun!
These photos were taken just after my early return from Zanzibar. As soon as I arrived I sent out a message to see who was in Kigali because we all live in different locations throughout the country. As soon as they knew I had been attacked they left home and came straight away. You can see my black eyes and my nose is not usually that big!!
In the top photo we were working out the good things that came out of Zanzibar for me and one of them was the lovely henna painting on my leg. The other two things that I could think of were a gorgeous pair of sandals and sitting on the beach watching a sunset with a Masai man - he was the only person who showed any concern for my situation - we chatted about life in general.
As you can see Zanzibar is a beautiful place and I hope if you have the opportunity to go there you will have a wonderful time.
However, back to the goodbyes - we had some wonderful times and it is sad to keep saying goodbye but as John Donahue says that which is an ending can also be regarded as the beginning of a new journey. So as my friends go I think of them beginning the next adventure and I'm just thankful that I was able to share this one with them. A few of us will remain until the end of the year and indeed one of out intake may never leave!!!
I am looking forward to my 3 week holiday in the UK and hoping to bring some sunshine with me.
Lots of love
PS Sorry I don't know what's happened again to the text and background colour, I hope you can read it. Maybe Sara can sort it out for me when I get home!
Sunday, 1 July 2012
But sooo many joys to compensate for the few bad times...
|So close to the gorillas with Naomi|
Ever since I came to Rwanda I have wanted to go and visit the gorillas and who better to go with than one of my lovelydaughters?? We had an amazing time with these wonderful mammals.