Title: Rebecca in Rwanda (Rwanda)

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URL: http://rebeccajyoung.blogspot.com/

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Top News Story: Memories of playing soccer with Rwanda's First Lady - 31/Aug/2013 23:57 - 3878 days ago
Okay Ken, I promised I'd write about this again so here it is. Among many delights about being back in Rwanda is the string of m...
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A vast, expansive beauty - 31/Aug/2013 23:35 - 3878 days ago
Most people I've met who have been to Africa describe the same kind of feeling about living, working or visiting it. The people ...
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Did you bring joy? - 22/Aug/2013 15:40 - 3887 days ago
"Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they cou...
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Ufite Amazzi? Food, Language and Culture - 22/Aug/2013 15:12 - 3887 days ago
My first few days in Rwanda, I practised the language a bit in my head in preparation for leaving the capital to visit the more ...
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Letting the light in - 15/Aug/2013 14:17 - 3894 days ago
"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in....
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Receive Love. Give love. Repeat. - 14/Aug/2013 12:40 - 3895 days ago
Receive love. Give love. Repeat. was written on a church sign at Bloor and Dufferin the week before I left Toronto. Since arrivi...
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Funny ha-ha's - 12/Aug/2013 10:06 - 3897 days ago
*when crossing the street in a foreign country that's not England (where it's written in bold print: LOOK RIGHT!), it's importan...
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Hope - 12/Aug/2013 09:42 - 3897 days ago
"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." Emily ...
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Bye bye Broccoli...and other reverse culture shock-isms - 12/Aug/2013 09:12 - 3897 days ago
I am about to board a plane to Africa and I am cognizant of leaving the "land of plenty" for the "land of a thousand variables"....
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Return to Rwanda - 08/Aug/2013 14:56 - 3901 days ago
On Saturday, I will board a plane in Toronto to return to Rwanda for the first time in 3 1/2 years. I have mixed emotions. I can...
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A bang not a whimper - 18/Feb/2010 14:46 - 5168 days ago
What's it like to leave Rwanda? Bittersweet. For the past few weeks I've been saying goodbyes. There was the party at EP-Rubona ...
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All that you can't leave behind... - 07/Feb/2010 14:43 - 5179 days ago
As I wind down my time here in Rwanda, there are a lot of thoughts crowding my mind. I’m ready. I may or may not live in Afric...
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Eggboy - 27/Jan/2010 21:37 - 5190 days ago
Today, some of my efforts came together. Let me tell you first about the title character. A boy of fourteen who sells eggs from ...
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Rwanda nziza - 24/Jan/2010 20:14 - 5193 days ago
I've long ago decided that I prefer Rwanda to its neighbouring countries. There's something about the people here that differs f...
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The Point - 20/Jan/2010 18:02 - 5197 days ago
A friend asked me recently what my breaking point was. This came on the heels of my umpteenth illness. I answered: There isn't o...
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Nairobi - 20/Jan/2010 18:00 - 5197 days ago
Between Christmas and New Year’s, Gitarama emptied of expats so Karen and I decided a short holiday was a good idea. We had pr...
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A Christmas Story - 20/Jan/2010 17:02 - 5197 days ago
Once it was decided that I would stay here for Christmas and not travel home (for most of December I was really keen for the lat...
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The boy and the volcano - 13/Jan/2010 08:03 - 5204 days ago
This photo is one of my favorites. It was taken by the lakeside near Ruhengeri during a quiet weekend in early November. Amongst...
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Go-rillaz!! - 01/Jan/2010 13:02 - 5216 days ago
On November 10th, I climbed into Virunga National Park near a volcano that borders 3 different countries (Uganda, DRC and Rwanda...
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Teacher Trainings - 30/Dec/2009 12:09 - 5218 days ago
In November, I ran three Primary Methodology Workshops- one for each of my sectors- for nearly 100 teachers. It was aphenomenale...
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Mid-December Post - 23/Dec/2009 13:42 - 5225 days ago
“It is possible to be standing on one side of a door and perceive the world as a dark and lonely place, while on the other sid...
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Word Searching - 14/Dec/2009 16:52 - 5234 days ago
Hi Friends!!I am writing to promise you some fascinating upcoming posts about Teacher Trainings, Gorillas Mating (I mean Trekkin...
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The Hokey Pokey was right! - 23/Nov/2009 09:55 - 5255 days ago
That's what it's all about. So says the "Hokey Pokey", which for the record is a big hit with Rwandan teachers and also a good m...
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The 5th of November - 05/Nov/2009 16:55 - 5273 days ago
I'm going to write about my day, just today Thursday, November 5th so you can share my experiences. I woke up before 6 to the so...
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Art Club - 29/Oct/2009 10:33 - 5280 days ago
Extra-curricular activities in Rwanda. Why not? The kids in our neighbourhood would play with us everyday if they could. Unfortu...
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Akagera National Park - 29/Oct/2009 10:28 - 5280 days ago
Karen and I were commiserating that we never do anything fun- Gitarama can be a very quiet, sleepy place at night. If an expat h...
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Soccer with the First Lady - 29/Oct/2009 10:09 - 5280 days ago
Nearly three weeks ago I had the unique opportunity to play in a charity soccer match in support of theOne Dollar Campaign. This...
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"Bring a Tree to School" Day - 07/Oct/2009 06:09 - 5302 days ago
No need to bore you with stories of my malaria, amoebas and typhoid. Here are some entertaining stories:Last visit to Rubona Pri...
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Finding Peace - 13/Sep/2009 09:32 - 5326 days ago
Hi there. So "Malaria: The Sequel" was the alternate title of this blog entry but it wouldn't have accounted for the amoebas I a...
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Contemplation/Assessment - 09/Sep/2009 08:37 - 5330 days ago
Hi there. This past week has been a little less than perfect. A while back, the Mayor of my district quit. Now there is a major ...
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Tales of an African Classroom - 31/Aug/2009 09:36 - 5339 days ago
Would you find it unusual to visit a school and find all of the teachers wearing white labcoats? Yeah, me neither. It’s par fo...
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August Notes - 31/Aug/2009 09:26 - 5339 days ago
Okay, so Kampala was a month ago so I need to catch you up. The Italian roommate moved back to Italy and a few weeks later the A...
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Kampala! Kampala! - 17/Aug/2009 08:38 - 5353 days ago
For the record, I was quite nervous to travel to Kampala but the opportunity presented itself and off I went. At the bus station...
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Unicef - 07/Aug/2009 12:13 - 5363 days ago
Unicef- let's backtrack momentarily so I can share my experience with my teacher friends. VSO asked if any volunteers wanted to ...
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Ooh La La Moto Driver and Rocket Balloons - 29/Jul/2009 10:52 - 5372 days ago
This morning I was in Kamonyi quite early (7am) and after mounting the moto (yes they require a specific mount/dismounting maste...
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This country will break your heart - 27/Jul/2009 09:54 - 5374 days ago
This blog is not for the sensitive reader.The past two phone calls home to David and to Shannon have made me realize that there ...
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Blogger's Block - 20/Jul/2009 10:09 - 5381 days ago
Okay, I haven't blogged in three weeks and now I have too much to tell you so I have writer's block. An idea from my friend Megh...
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Salty Apple Juice - 29/Jun/2009 13:59 - 5402 days ago
Alright folks, buckle up, it's been an interesting week.I'll go back to chimp trekking and work from there. So, I cut trekking s...
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VSO - 22/Jun/2009 14:35 - 5409 days ago
Anna Maceachern of VSO-Canada, I have tried to email you but it bounces back. Here is my address:rebeccajyoung@live.com. Send me...
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Blessings be counted ! - 21/Jun/2009 15:23 - 5410 days ago
Hi friends,I am feeling short of words today so I'm going to start with some quotes."Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, ear...
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Sweetness Follows - 11/Jun/2009 15:34 - 5420 days ago
This blog will be done in R.E.M. form (as in the song "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine") so that I can ...
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The spider won the fight - 31/May/2009 13:05 - 5431 days ago
It has been quite an eventful week! I am moved into my house and I love it ! I have pics to share but no means of uploading them...
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Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre - 21/May/2009 17:29 - 5441 days ago
Today I visited the Memorial Centre in Gisoko. There are no words......
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 20/May/2009 18:01 - 5442 days ago
Hello friends.So much to share. This week has been an emotional rollercoaster as one minute there's a house and next minute ther...
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Quick Blog - 19/May/2009 18:57 - 5443 days ago
Rumor of a house for me later this week.. here's hoping. Gotta go watch the Italian soap opera I am now addicted to. It's called...
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Turn Left at That Cow! - 15/May/2009 02:22 - 5447 days ago
So officially I’ve been here for three weeks. Definitely feels like it. I am finding my way around the Kigali area quite easil...
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Baby blog - 10/May/2009 20:57 - 5452 days ago
Highlights of the past few days:Dinners, swimming, shopping, walking, laughing and chilling out -with friends.Dancing to live mu...
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A preview - 07/May/2009 17:40 - 5455 days ago
Hi friends,A quick note to let you know I'll do a proper blog on the weekend. Here is a sneak peak at today's adventures:*woke u...
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Kamonyi in the sky !! - 04/May/2009 19:12 - 5458 days ago
Today I took it upon myself to visit my village, Kamonyi, located 30km from Kigali. I took a moto to the main bus terminal (wher...
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Chillin' at Kivu - 03/May/2009 18:12 - 5459 days ago
When I close my eyes, I can still see them. Hulking blue mountains, layer upon layer of hauntingly beautiful hills-a backdrop to...
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Great Day !! - 30/Apr/2009 15:29 - 5462 days ago
Today was great. The country director called me directly and I think the placement details will work themselves out eventually. ...
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Happy Blogs - 29/Apr/2009 20:19 - 5463 days ago
K, this cutie in the photo approached me today on my walk and started posing. What a nice reminder of why I'm here. There is a p...
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Things that make you go hmmm? - 28/Apr/2009 19:55 - 5464 days ago
I had another "interesting" day. I want to blog about it but don't want this in any way to reflect my opinions of VSO as I have ...
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This is Rwanda - 28/Apr/2009 19:24 - 5464 days ago
David asked me yesterday what the view from my window was and I did an inadequate job of describing it to him. Basically, I feel...
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My Productive (?) Day in Kigali - 27/Apr/2009 20:12 - 5465 days ago
Today was a little challenging. I was at the office at 10 and by 12:30 my scheduled appointment still had not arrived. I met ano...
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Kigali Adventures - 26/Apr/2009 14:21 - 5466 days ago
Greetings from Kigali ! I have officially been in Rwanda for three days but it feels more like three weeks on account of all the...
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