Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Arrival in Bujumbura

After many miles in the sky I arrived in Burundi yesterday afternoon at 2:30pm. Having left my house in Cleveland Heights at 4:15am the previous day I was pretty exhausted and took a good nap in the afternoon. I settled in and unpacked, had dinner and hung out with my housemates before going to bed. 

I am living just outside of town with a handful of young adults from the US, France, Sweeden, and Burundi at the moment. The house is quite lovely! 

All I've done so far today is finish my book (The Color Purple by Alice Walker), done some yoga and relaxed. More updates when I am more recovered from the jet lag! Here are some pictures! 

Goodbye Cleveland and Lake Erie! 

The world'a smallest airport. 

TSA had fun with my duffel, which is now going into early retirement. Or at least a sabbatical. 

My lovely home for the next 4 months! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I am less than two weeks away from my departure! I am getting very excited, especially from the amout of love and support I have received from people here in the last few weeks. I have had so many good conversations with people about what is to come and how I am preparing for it! 

I want to let everyone know that I will be commissioned at the 9:00am service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights this Sunday, August 10th! I would love it if people could be there to support me if you're in town!

I also wanted to thank a couple people specifically for their support the last few weeks! 

Thank you Kate Gillooly who sent me this awesome book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to help me prepare! And I got it the same day as my visa! 

My visa is only for three months. I'm sure that is an adventure to figure out for another blog post. 

I got to spend some time with Mark Curley, who tutored me in French to help me prepare for the Francophone world ahead of me! Thank you Dr. Curley for all of your help and support! 

And of course! Thank you so much Cathy Paetz for the awesome rain jacket! Rainy season will be a whole lot dryer thanks to you! Thank you for your support in everything! And for having some pretty cool daughters.