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News from Sierra Leone

By on March 23, 2012 in Sierra Leone with No Comments

I didn’t write this but the Director of the Extra Mile program sent it out as a newsletter this week.  It made me miss Sierra Leone a lot, and I figured he wouldn’t mind if I posted it.   Anyone that wants to contribute a few $ to help buy the Goderich schools some laptops […]

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The best of times, the worst of times

By on June 9, 2011 in Sierra Leone with No Comments

So, that’s our Africa trip over 🙁 Thank you everyone for reading all these blogs – I hope the Rwanda ones weren’t too much. Mostly good times, only a couple of bad moments, and all in all, the trip of a lifetime (until our next one). Best moments Seeing gorillas (Ide) Children standing up and […]

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Homeward bound

By on June 7, 2011 in Sierra Leone with No Comments

Next, long trip home to New Zealand.  12 hours to Melborne, 1 hour stopover, 3 hours to Auckland. 4.5 hours driving to Kaitaia.  Trying to adjust to freezing cold weather after following the sun for nearly a year.  Great to see family including Turkish but bit depressed as everything is up in the air. Will […]

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By on June 5, 2011 in Sierra Leone with No Comments

  Dubai, our last stopover before the long journey home. Our room had been booked so we were upgraded to a three bedroom apartment with a washing machine. Dubai full of towering skyscrapers wrapped, without exception, in mirror glass.  Contains tallest building in world.  Great to not have to white knuckle clutch purse to chest. […]

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Toilets, toilets, toilets

By on June 3, 2011 in Ethiopia with No Comments

  To our delight (not) we discovered that on our return trip to Dubai from Rwanda we were scheduled for a 13 hour layover in Addis Ababa – our least favorite city. Ide had the clever idea that as we had to be there anyway we may as well take advantage of the one good […]

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Farewell Rwanda

By on June 2, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

  After observing basket weaving and banana beer making yesterday and visiting the Golden Monkeys the day before, we headed back from Musanze. Before we arrived in the twelve hour purgatory of sallow lighting, seriously bad food, and two inch bugs zapping around the departure lounge (otherwise known as Kigali Airport) we visited two more genocide […]

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Village activities

By on June 1, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

  Today we participated in some village activities – including basket weaving and banana beer making.  It was more interesting than I thought it was going to be, and especially pleasant because there were no other tourists there.  

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Golden Monkeys

By on May 31, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

  Our third hike through mountains in as many days – fortunately not nearly as long as the other two.  The monkeys were all around us, but moved so quickly that they were difficult to catch on camera.        

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Bisoke Mountain: Fuck those girls are annoying [author: Ide]

By on May 30, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

[author: Ide] Disclaimer: if you are offended by foul language or mind me generalizing a bit about certain types of assholes, please skip to the next post. Your pal, Ide On the day after the gorilla trek we were once again at the meeting point in the park. As I poured myself a cup of […]

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Gorillas – a LOT of gorillas [author: Ide]

By on May 29, 2011 in Rwanda with No Comments

  (narrator: Ide] First let me say that I have yet to get hooked on the social media revolution, as most Facebook friends can attest. Rwanda has been an interesting trip to say the least. From the infrastructure – which stretched beyond the capital to some of the farthest provinces – to the overall cleanliness […]

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