We have been very blessed to meet some awesome friends here, and among our best friends are Simone from Bates and her Rwandan host brother Guillome. This past week and weekend were filled with some awesome adventures with the two of them! On Wednesday we went to their house to make pizza for dinner! Though Italy can certainly claim ownership for the concept of pizza, everyone here thinks of it as an American food. So the three American girls taught the rest of Simone’s Rwandan friends how to make pizza! Over the past month Emily and I have quickly learned that nothing here can happen without a fiasco. So when the pizzas were prepared and ready to cook, of course the oven would not turn on. After an hour or so of trying to have Guillome translate with the house boy (a concept which deserves its own commentary- but suffice it to say that this seems like servanthood to us, but is viewed positively here) we finally commuicated to him that he just had to hold a match to the fuel source. It was a bit frustrating, but ultimately it worked, and we had a great night!
While we made pizza we also planned a much needed weekend get away to the shoes of Lake Kivu! The four of us traveled to Gisenyi, a large resort town in the Western Province which borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Due to our track record with fiascos, we were not surprised one bit that we got a late start, and promptly had the most TERRIFYING three hour bus ride ever. It’s scary enough making any long journey along curvy mountainous roads- but to make matters worse, just add an over-packed 12 passenger van, flying 120 KPH past pedestrians, passing large trucks, and narrowly missing swerving oncoming vehicles around every curve. And because the awful driving was not bad enough, of course we were surrounded by 5 African men who were trying to hit on us in about five different languages. Emily told me about this time she made a treacherous hike up a mountain, but she found out it was worth while because the view at the top was beautiful. So our motto for the rest of the trip became, “But the View is Worth It.” Thankfully, the trip lived up to these expectations! The pictures from the trip are so phenomenal that I will explain the rest of the trip through photos: