Rwanda Students

Melissa George in Rwanda

In her own words, Melissa George describes her trip to Rwanda.

The air smelled like burned wood; it was full of warmth. The first few days of our trip, we remained in Kigali. Every morning I ate outside, surrounded by exquisite plant life. I was filled with a sense of peace and purpose that I have never felt. We traveled around the country in an eighteen-passenger van. Driving anywhere in Rwanda is a great experience. It is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills,” which I think is an underestimate. A motto of the trip both physically and emotionally became “If you are not going up, you are going down.” The first overwhelming experience I had occurred during a day in Kigali. We went to a huge open-air market with hundreds of vendors selling everything from crafts to fabric to ginger to dried fish. We were the only white people; vendors were fighting for our attention.

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