Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sarah – Food for Thought

“Among your characters you must always include The Starving African, who wanders the refugee camp nearly naked, and waits for the benevolence of the west.” – Binyavanga Wainaina “How to Write About Africa” I stare at my plate. The usual … Continue reading

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Gwen – Single Mama Drama

In Bruce Chatwin’s Anatomy of Restlessness, he wrote about the findings of encephalograph readings of American travelers, “they found that changes of scenery and awareness of the passage of seasons through the year stimulated the rhythms of the brain, contributing … Continue reading

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Lee – L’Esperance

Yesterday we left Gashora and spent the night in Kigali. Today we are waiting for the bus that will take us to Kibuye, then on to this orphanage nestled high in the hills. We will have no Internet access till … Continue reading

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Allison – Transplanting Ourselves

“I was writing about up in Michigan and since it was a wild, cold, blowing day it was that sort of day in the story…in one place you could write about it better than in another. That was called transplanting … Continue reading

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Taryn – What a Character

Before coming on this trip, many people asked me if I was going with a friend, someone I already knew. And I said no, but building relationships with people is a part of this experience in Gashora and within our … Continue reading

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Mary – Strangers

“There are only two stories: someone went on a journey and a stranger came to town.” John Gardner, as quoted by Janet Burroway in Elements of Craft Writing. It is our last day in Gashora, and both our journey and … Continue reading

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Grant – Musings of a Male

Grant – Musings of a Male “A man never goes so far as when he doesn’t know where he is going” – Oliver Cromwell in Pico Iyer’s Why we travel. While working on a kitchen garden in another town, I … Continue reading

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