Despite the fact that I have not written anything new for my blog, I have been thinking a lot about it and how to proceed in light of some large adjustments and changes. I’ve come to two conclusions:
1. I no longer live the life of a Peace Corps Volunteer working on community development in a small village in Africa, and all the cross-cultural and comical experiences that entails. Those have been the content of my blog for the past two or so years. I now work in a professional office in the capital city, Kigali, and struggle to find stories of a similar content to share. I must accept that people are not interested in reading stories about typical office bureaucracy and life. In addition, I find little time to commit to writing in light of my new job responsibilities. For this reason, I have decided to complete the chapter of my blog devoted to Peace Corps and begin a new one. I am not sure if I am going to be able to maintain this blog or the new direction it will take. In any case, I would like to refer you to the Stomp Out Malaria in Africa website, where there is a blog dedicated to all the malaria activities taking place in Rwanda. There, you will be able to read stories about what I have been doing as a Peace Corps Volunteer to help “stomp out” malaria in Africa.
2. I have decided to work with the content of this blog and turn it into something permanent; in other words, a book. The little time I have for personal writing I will dedicate to this pursuit. I would like to do this while I am still in the environment that fostered my experiences in order to produce a piece of work that is accurate and captures the true sense of the place that I am writing about. I feel that I would only be able to do this while I am still in Rwanda, my memories and words not skewed by returning to life in America. Please do not lose interest, but be patient while you wait for the final result.
I will keep you updated as I go. Until then, murabeho (goodbye, farewell).