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A Semester in Rwanda

In answer to your questions:

Alejna: I've only seen one mosquito and it wasn't really interested in me. I've stopped using the net. Makes me feel penned in and this is an expansive country! 

The coffee is good but not, like, omigod great. The food is, well, perhaps I haven't gotten to the best food yet. I did find some lentils that were out of this world. And some "energizing porridge" bc there's no oatmeal. It's amaranth and, once you know that, not bad. 

The very few vegetables are very fresh and really good. It's a little sobering to realize how over-the-top stocked US supermarkets are. There's vegetables in the stores but not Whole Foods plenty and variety. I got spinach that was also very good. The avocadoes that grow in my backyard are the less tasty variety. The bananas taste a little sharper even when they've lost that dry and biting raw taste. I like 'em. 

However, I ate at one of the ubiquitous lunch buffets and it was pretty much all starch, even the things that looked like bananas in ketchup.  It cost $4.50 instead of the guide book's $3.75 so I felt briefly ripped off. However, ate so much that yoga a couple of hours later was really difficult. Speaking of constitutionally: I feel great. 

And Stan, the smells are really not so bad ... There's only one street that's a mad crush and it has the usual marking of crowded humanity carrying large things around (most people don't have cars so it's the only way to transport, say, a new table). However, there are streets that are spacious and tree lined and not so much humanity crushing. I'll post some pics tomorrow (yes, I actually took some pictures ...) 

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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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