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A Semester in Rwanda

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: 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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