Author Archives: Deirdre Hand

About Deirdre Hand

"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted." Bill Bryson

2017 Kigali Updates

The last few months of 2017 in Kigali are a blur now. It was a series of test dates, a final performance of A Christmas Carol, and lots of college acceptances, with some deferrals and denials. It’s also been a … Continue reading

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Why I’m here

Sorry blogging world, I know I’ve dropped off the face of the earth, but really I’m still here. Still truckin. Sometimes sitting down writing can feel quite daunting, although upon reflection it might be the reflecting that seems daunting. When … Continue reading

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Trip to Nyungwe Forest

A few weekends ago I went with some people to Nyungwe National Forest, which is actually a rainforest.   As before, the drive through the countryside was beautiful and provided a peek into life outside Kigali.   We had Friday … Continue reading

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The Little Victories

So, the move to Rwanda hasn’t exactly been a super easy transition, which is shocking, I’m sure. I think going into it, I just kept thinking—well I moved to Palembang, Indonesia, which 1) was not the capital of Indonesia and … Continue reading

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Akagera National Park

I finally got outside of the big city. There’s a facebook group here called “Expats in Rwanda” for foreigners living in Rwanda, and people post stuff for sale, restaurant recommendations, the occasional complaint, and also requests for people to fill … Continue reading

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A note on Charlottesville

I sat down tonight to write a blog about my trip to Akagera National Park in Eastern Rwanda on Saturday. I started it, and I’ll finish it, but I just can’t focus. On Saturday, I was heading into the countryside, … Continue reading

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Muraho (hello) from Kigali!

Well helloooo. This Hand is across the water again, but this time, in Kigali, Rwanda.   I had promised friends and family that I’d keep a blog to document my experiences here in Rwanda. For some reason it’s been more … Continue reading

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