Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Final Day

Driving in Central Kigali

One of many hand-painted signs

Shopping in the downtown core

Beneath the surface, memories of 14 years ago

Anurita at breakfast

Honoré at the Genocide Memorial

Odile Gakire Katese ("Kiki"), founding director of Festival Arts Azimuts, Butare, Rwanda

Liesl and Kiki talk theatre at Bourbon Café

The Kigali International Airport

March 29, 2008

Woke up tired. This has been an intense trip. I cannot think of any time when I have traveled and learned so much in such a short time.

1) We began today with some shopping. Gifts for the loved ones at home.

2) Then we met Odille Kantesi at Bourbon Café. This was the meeting set up yesterday by Hope Azeda. Odille (whom everyone calls Kiki), made the trip in from Butare to see us. We spoke a lot about the Fesitval she is founding in Butare, and of the prospect of partnering on a tour to Rwanda of something Volcanic. She is of the opinion that Rwanda needs to bring in art from around the world.

I love the idea, myself, and hope i can oblige.

3) After saying goodbye to Odille, i made a quick trip back to the Genocide Memorial to chat with Honoré about liaising with them on a possible tour.

Then back to Chez Lando to blog.

We fly out tonight: Kigali to Nairobi. Nairobi to Brussels. Brussels to New York. Then, for me, a Greyhound from New York to Philadelphia.

This trip has been a privilege. The many people we have met have been generous, sharing, challenging.

And so we begin.

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