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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Lake Kivu


On the way back to Uganda.


High time I got back to my travel blogging—we (Kate and Jill and I) are heading to Georgia to visit Alex in November, and I’d really like to have finished my Uganda/Rwanda and Israel/Jordan write-ups by then.




September 1, 2013, 6:30pm
LAKE KIVU!!! I’m sitting on the ledge of a terrace looking out at one of the most breathtaking views in recent memory. Or ever. So so so lovely. Hills like paper cutouts receding, receding into the pale evening horizon. A calm gray lake.






September 2, 2013, 10am

We are sitting inside a church where more than 11,000 Tutsis were killed during the genocide. Outside there is a memorial with rows of skulls in a glass case beneath a small crucifix. The stained glass is of the crudest design I’ve seen, but it throws such bright and beautiful shapes on the cement floor.

I keep saying to myself, “Let me be love.” And I realized—actually began to “internalize” it, maybe—that there IS no me. I know I am beginning to internalize that truth because it actually felt good this time to face it.









All those metaphysical ruminations sure got me hungry.


1 Comment to Lake Kivu

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    September 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    So beautiful! I’ve been thinking about how for as much traveling as we do it’s crazy that we’ve only visited 2 countries in Africa.

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