FERWABA

All I could do was stand and wait behind a towering wall of Rwandan basketball players. All I could see were arms — much longer than mine — reaching, searching and fumbling through a bag of jerseys and matching shorts in the trunk of a compact, red Toyota. These guys were my teammates. My United …

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A Tale of Two Commutes

Anyone who has ever traveled South most likely has taken I-75. And anyone who travels on I-75 knows, and dreads, the 2-3 hours of Atlanta traffic looming in the distance as they cross the border into Georgia. Traffic can be so bad, that people will schedule their travel at insane hours of the morning just …

Move-In

House hunting in Kayonza wouldn’t be what I’d call a shopping spree. You’d be hard-pressed to find any prospects in some kind of Yellow Pages, a listing online, a front lawn sign, or even a realtor. We were looking for a three-bedroom rental to share among the three fellows: Also in limited supply. Needless to …

Amahoro

Warmed-up players inside Petit Stade Amahoro stared as Liz and Mosie sprinted behind the bench in street clothes swinging untied basketball shoes in hand. They were thrown used jerseys, matching shorts and still hadn’t even uttered “Hello” to their newfound teammates of Ubumwe — a women’s professional club under Rwanda’s Basketball Federation (FERWABA). The 4:00 …

Nyamirama

The winding path east from Kigali was my first exposure to the blunt reality of rural living in Rwanda. Paved highway formed into a “two-way” lane of dusty, red clay. One-story homes scattered alongside the street — the construction rough, containing enduring brick, concrete, or clay with tin roofs. Multi-colored goats sprawled out, stretching the …

Arrival

For anyone keeping tabs, I made it to Rwanda. So there’s that. There were no massive hiccups during our flights. None, except for when we landed in Entebbe, Uganda. The Qatar Airways flight attendant spoke with an English accent that was barely audible, so we thought we had landed in Kigali. Thank goodness two assistants …