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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-14-2006, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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My trip to Rwanda

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda with a friend from high school. We both went off to different undergrads, but since he was returning home for the last time in the next four years, he wanted me to come with him.

In Rwanda, there is a very pronounced dichotomy between the rich and the poor. Fortunately, I was staying with his family who is fairly well-off. I did not live the typical African lifestyle, but I saw much of Kigali, both rich and poor, and my view of the world has been changed forever. I now understand why people try so hard to get into the US. I am now much more fortunate for what I have and where I am. I am not much of a picture taker, but here are the few I did take:

I stayed at Princeton for a week before we departed for Africa, so I got a few pictures of NYC. I even saw Steve Jobs at the Apple store!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-14-2006, 05:53 PM
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Hey Jeff long time no see . Cool pics.



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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-14-2006, 07:19 PM
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Re: My trip to Rwanda

Good to see you here again - trips like this are a real eye-opener, especially if you have spent most of your life in the US. Cool pictures!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2006, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Re: My trip to Rwanda

I am really glad I went. Not only have I always lived in the US, I have always lived in Kansas. The past few years, I have really noticed how this area, and my town in particular, is a very sheltered region. There is no diversity of people here, but the high school I attended has a boarding program that hosts a number of international students. One of the best decisions I ever made was befriending several of them, even if no other US student did. I may have lived in Kansas my whole life, but I learned so much about the world simply by hanging out with other kids from across the globe.

When I returned home from my trip, I was somewhat disappointed. I was bursting forth with stories of what I saw and did in Africa. I came into work after 3 weeks of being gone, and people were honestly more excited about one of the programmers getting a new car than hearing about life on the other side of the globe. From what I garnered, people thought it was no cooler than taking a trip to Florida or Nebraska, but I guess you can't be excited for someone.

I am extremely glad I got this opportunity, and if anyone else has the opportunity to travel to Africa, I would tell you to do so in a heartbeat, just be careful. It is a beautiful continent with some great people.
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