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Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Flat" Cauli's Rwandan Adventures

by "Flat" Cauli II
MPL Flat Feline Foreign Correspondent

As you might recall, Cauli Le Chat blogged earlier about my trip to Rwanda.  Recently, I returned to the Library with many exciting adventures to report.

Let's begin by thanking my friends at the Evangelical Orthodox Church (EOC) (particularly Bishop Joshua, Carol, and Kathy) for taking moi along on this trip of a lifetime.  I may have gotten a little confused about dates, so please bear with moi if my calendar is slightly off.  (Come to think of it, I guess I'm slightly off anyway because of the way I tilt when standing upright.  We "flat" Caulis tend to lean a bit to one side.)  I have taken the liberty of borrowing a few photos from the EOC Rwanda website so you may see some of the fine work being done by EOC to help the people of Rwanda.  (Remember to click the photos to "bigify" them, as my pal Tober the Library Cat says.  Well, he spells it "biggify," but I think both spellings are correct.)

Bp. Denis & Dativa Mugabo, with family & friends, January, 2011

When we arrived in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday night (Dec. 30, 2011), we were welcomed at the home of Bishop Denis Mugabo and Dativa Mugabo. They are a large family, and so we had to take several photos for everyone to pose with moi.  

 "Flat" Cauli II with the Mugabo Family (January 2012)

The Mugabo family were most hospitable.  Dativa served a scrumptious meal, and we exchanged gifts with the children.  Everyone seemed curious about moi and my travelling as a "flat" Stanley-type character from Mooresville Public Library.  I enjoyed learning about the interesting, fun games the children played, and also what they learned in school and how they worked around their home and community.

Hoe Farming Near Byumba, Rwanda
(Hillside Terrace Cultivation Methods)

On Sunday, January 1, 2012, our travel group visited Byumba, Rwanda, which is in the mountains.  The air was cool and refreshing.  Terrace farming is common on the hillsides in this area.  Tea is a major cash crop. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of beef, cooked bananas, rice, "chips" (i.e., fried potatoes), cheese, other potatoes, and beverages.  The Rwandan people are most gracious hosts, and they go to great lengths to make us feel welcome and comfortable.

On Monday, January 2, we traveled to Akagera National Park to see some African wildlife.  I'm hoping to have some photos soon to post (our group's official camera operator has been sending them to CircMaster). There were many amazing animals.  It was exciting to see them in their native habitats rather than just in zoos like "Flat" Cauli III, Cauli Le Chat, and minions saw when visiting the Indianapolis Zoo before Christmas last month.

In our next posting, we'll talk more about the Peace International School that operates at the Mugabo home in Kigali.

Your "Flat" Feline Foreign Correspondent on the Go,

"Flat" Cauli II
Reporting for Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Please enjoy this video by Terra Incognita Ecotours showcasing Akagera National Park.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing flat Cauli's adventure to Rwanda. The Akagera National park looks amazing. That monkey had plenty to say! Look forward to maybe seeing more photos later :)


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