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Jan 23, 2018 - Singapore

For Marianne, our stopover in Singapore was a journey into the past. She had lived there as a child in the late 60s. We also discovered its architectural and culinary delights and marvelled in the efficiency of its services from 'hawkers' food courts to Changi Airport. We came away feeling that Singapore had earned its reputation as a city and country of tomorrow.

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Mar 15, 2016 - Getting to Rwanda

Lois got sick during the night from something she had at dinner so she was up during the night, and hasn't eaten today. She has some pills the doctors at the travel clinic prescribed so she will get better soon. The flight from Amsterdam was uneventful once we learned how to operate all the automated baggage check machines at Schiphol Airport. Luckily there were KLM personnel around to help. We really enjoyed our stay in Amsterdam,and would recommend a stopover there. Customs and baggage claim in Kigali were pretty fast and easy. We had a...

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Jan 31, 2015 - Rwanda and the hokey pokey

I have just finished teaching the first section of a four part pediatric physical therapy course to a group of physical therapists at the University of Rwanda in Kigali. Though not the highlight of the course from an academic or clinical point of view, I ended the first session by teaching the class the Hokey Pokey song and dance. The transformation of the class from a quiet, solemn, blank faced group the very first morning to a laughing, smiling, talkative group at the end of second day after the Hokey Pokey, was magical. I am in Rwanda...

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New Frontiers

Sep 25, 2013 - September 25,2013

We had the morning to get sorted. It is so beautiful and tropical today. We are going to visit the genocide memorial and do a city tour. We will fly out at 8:00pm tonight and be on our way. Thanks for sharing this journey with me and keeping me 'connected'. Take care. Blessings, Kathy Happy Birthday Kalan...bet this is the farthest away greeting you've ever had..haha

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Sep 24, 2013 - catch up

hello everyone! just wanted to say our gorilla trekking was completed today and we are now in Kigali..there wasn't any internet so now that I am connected, I will take time tomorrow morning to catch up on my blog...there may be a bit to share. one more night in a hotel, then one more night on a plane and I will be home. I am very thankful for this journey and I am so excited to be coming home. Love to all. Special happy birthday wishes to Kalan who celebrates his birthday on September 25th...

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Sep 24, 2013 - September 24,2013

6:30am routine for the gorilla trekking...hoping for a shorter walk today??? You never know. Our jeep got stuck on our way to meet the trackers as it had rained heavily for the past three hours. So we walked to our porters and guides. We walked for about 20 minutes to the National park stone wall and along the way saw the huts they use for their midday break and wooden beehives and the bee keepers. Farmers fields and curious children greeted us. We saw how they burn/dry the eucalyptus for 2 weeks to make coal. Today we were going to see the...

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Sep 23, 2013 - September 23,2013

Up and in our jeeps at 6:30am. We drove to the gorilla meeting place. They allow 80 people per day to trek to the 10 different gorilla troups. Our group split up into a short and medium trek grouping...I am in the medium. The rest of my group are seasoned hikers...I am the virgin...but I know they will help me (well pretty sure anyhow). The trackers talk first and discuss where the gorillas have been spotted. The our guides try to get their group the type of trek they have required. Then we get in the jeeps and drive to a parking area...

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Sep 22, 2013 - September 22,2013

Up at 4:10am and on the road to the airport by 5:00am. Nice new plane and the 'holding' area was jammed and yet the flight had few on it...so we were on our way by 8:15am. We are now only 8 hours different than home. Our guides from Eagle Ride (Jimmy and Jean-Marie) met us us after we had done the Rwanda two-step tango to pay our $30 entry fee and clear customs. What a different place than anything else we have seen. Kigali has a population of 1.4 million and Rwanda has 12 million. The area is half the size of Nova Scotia. This is a very...

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Oct 14, 2012 - Golden Monkeys Jumping in the Trees

Today is our last trek. We are off to see the Golden Monkeys. Easy short trek into the park. There are 120 monkeys total in the park. Not sure how many we are seeing. They are all over jumping from tree to tree, climbing and eating the bamboo! Amazing experience! Isaac now has to drive us back to Kigali for our flight tomorrow to Kilimanjaro. We had lunch at the Lava Bistro...burgers and fries. A strawberry milkshake and diet coke also! Some how I got locked in the bathroom...but was able to pass the key under the door for the manager to...

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Out in Africa

Oct 13, 2012 - Drunk and Farting Gorillas

Our second day of trekking. Wondering how we will top yesterday. Again today we started out in the farmers' fields. Francis is our guide. We have our porters to carry our packs. Today's trek is easier, not as steep as yesterday, but because of last night's rain it was muddy. It was not as far to the park but we had to do more jungle trekking in the bamboo. Today we are visiting the Sabinya Family. A group of 12 with 2 Silver Backs. The oldest (42) and biggest, we called him King Kong. The second was called Big Ben. These gorillas eat bamboo...

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Out in Africa

Oct 12, 2012 - Gorillas in the Mist

We are all excited this morning and not sure what to expect as we head to the park for our first day of gorilla trekking! We arrive at Kinigi Headquarters where we are entertained with more native dancing. Here we wait while Isaac finds two more people for our group as we go out in groups of 8; Ron and Leslie from New Zealand join us. He also has to negotiate what trek we will do. We have requested a medium ability (not the shortest, nor the 4 hour trek each way). Our guides are Patrick and Gerome, both have been guides for 3 years and some...

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Out in Africa

Oct 11, 2012 - Are we in Rwanda or Brazil?

As we were getting in the very small elevator after breakfast, the lights went out! Fortunately, we got out before the doors closed and the power was back on almost immediately. Our guide, Isaac, picked us up to take us to our hotel at Volcanoes National Park. The 3 hour drive took us through this beautiful hilly country. Rwanda means land of a thousand hills. It is green and beautiful. Verne and I both feel it is a lot like Brazil. If Africa and South America were once attached, it sure show when comparing the two countries. The houses are...

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Out in Africa

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