2017

Rwanda 2017 Part 3: Join me on my Rwanda experience!

Government sponsored FAM trips (trips to show you what the country has to offer) can be an exhausting affair.  Yes, you are a VIP guest of the government and they want to show you the best of what the country has to offer, but every day you are up early driving to another locale meeting […]

Rwanda Genocide Memorial Visit

One of the themes on our trip to Rwanda was to change the impression of Rwanda from “Rwanda the Genocide Country” to “Remarkable Rwanda.” And while that has certainly happened no visit to Rwanda is complete without a visit to the Rwanda Genocide Memorial. It is very moving. Especially when you realize that 250,000 people […]

Alan at Kwita Izina!

Rwanda is a remarkable country, kindness is everywhere and the people are incredibly welcoming. This video interview was taken at the 2017 Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony. In it Alan describes the exciting atmosphere of Kwita Izina and what it’s like to experience this life-changing event. Do you have a question about Kwita Izina? Ask […]

Rwanda 2017 Part 2: Meeting with Patrick

I came to Nairobi first before going to Rwanda because I can’t come to this part of the world without seeing my Rafiki Patrick.  I was supposed to meet Patrick at 10am.  We met at 3pm.  The reason was that Patrick had to clean up his desk and was waiting around to meet his boss.  […]

Rwanda 2017 Part 1: Back in Africa

I always realize how passionate I am about Africa as when I land I always have a smile on my face (maybe part of that is I flew on the day of the solar eclipse and the pilot was kind enough to get us close – hence the darkness outside my plane window).  And I am constantly […]

Rwanda 2017 Part 4: I am on African Time.

Rwanda here I come – eventually.  I am three hours late taking off (I keep forgetting I am on African time).  But when I land the fun and excitement begins.  As we get off the bus at the terminal I am talking to a guy who does medical work in Southern Sudan.  Just before I […]

My day with the Maasai Part 6: New Friends

During the course of the day out in the village there was a lot of time sitting around, doing nothing but talking. Sometimes it was just quiet talk. Other times there was a lot of laughter. Other times it was a spirited discussion. All in Maa. All of which I could not understand a single […]

My day with the Maasai Part 5: Yummy Barbecue

When I discussed the ceremony with Patrick I discovered that once you become a warrior you never eat meat in your home or with your wife. At the ceremony, your wife gives you 4 pieces of meat for the first time since you became a warrior. And then only after this ceremony, when you are […]