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A Semester in Rwanda


August 2013 Archives

Making friends

Had brunch with Joyce Fletcher, an SOM connection. She is involved with this wonderful project:  the Maranyundo School (www.maranyundo.org).. I won't go much into it now but check out the link. The emphasis on girls is inspiring. The school has become the best middle school in Rwanda.

I've also gotten contacts from CMU (which has a satellite campus in Kigali), Gardens in Health (http://gardensforhealth.org), Partners in Health and K-Lab (http://klab.rw/). Should keep me busy. 

Okay, so back to packing .... 


Out of the Blue

So, it seems that the City of Cambridge has gone on record to recognize the Fulbright. I was a bit suprised to get the suitable-for-framing document in the mail. I guess I can only thank Leland Cheung who goes out of his way to do things like this. 

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More preparations, more excitment

Okay, so I've been bad about keeping the world updated on the minutia of preparation. To make a long story short, I've been interviewing, or rather, being interviewed by, roommates. Yes. With the KIST guest house kitchen-less, I'm looking for a home. It's particularly interesting looking for a home in a place I've never seen. 

First choice (chronological order, not preference): in the Kigali equivalent of Belmont. Residential, everyone has a car, about 5 miles from the nearest hub of activity. And the buses apparently are awful. I'm not afraid of the occassional moto but 20 minutes x twice/day x 5-6 days/ week for 4 months seems like playing Russian Roulette. Alone. Six times.

Next choice: two brothers (from the Netherlands?). Am skyping with them tomorrow. Small room, close to KIST. Dog.

Third, and most recent choice: One long term ex-pat (who has a very amusing blog:  livinginkigali.com) and one who arrived more recently. Only rub: her husband and mine will be visiting at the same time. I've lived in group houses before and the idea always appealed to me. Now that I think about it, the reality was somewhat more dramatic than I like these days. Question: was it me? them? or just being 20 years old? Probably a lot to be said for getting older and wiser (and having somewhat diminished hearing and memory) 

Rest of the prep: buying stuff. Alejna took a picture of me and my new camera ('art being self-conscious') 

camera.JPGHave also gotten a printer, a projector and white board sheets. And two different Signals and Systems quick guides. So far, S&S is coming back to me pretty quickly. 


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Associate Professor Nanette Veilleux has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach computer engineering at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Rwanda. Follow along on her journey.

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