april was an amazing month. we spent a weekend at akagera national park in rwanda. we slept in furnished tents (ahem.. glamping!) and saw tons of monkeys and had a relaxing, wonderful time. the kids were home from boarding school, so we had fun hanging out with them. a team of midland people (and katherine!) came in town, so elise and i tagged along and helped keep the kids in line. i got to see my girl from when we went to kimisagara the first time, december 2011. here's a link to the story.. i'll be sharing more about her soon. kids went back to boarding school, then we went to tanzania for our final "roomie trip" it was incredible. zanzibar has such a different feel to it, and we had an amazing time. perfect last trip for our time winding down here together.
sunflowers from our drive to akagera // pretty rug from our tent
bus rides always fascinate me with how beautiful this place is // lunch at the library in kigali with a beautiful view
reading on the coffee porch with bernie // made my great grandmother's spaghetti
ange and brigite dancing in the kitchen // visiting kimisagara orphange in kigali with a medical team. met this cute girl who liked to make as many faces as i do:)
cutie from kimisagara. i think we all would have taken him home // rice sacks in kigali when we were buying supplies
tried to teach brigite to swim one afternoon. she tried to teach me to hand wash rwandan style. i'm not sure what was funnier. // tanzania bound!
zanzibar is known for their beautiful, old carved wood made into anything from frames to spice boxes // they're also known for all the beautiful doors throughout the little town.
the roomies and i on the beach after watching/swimming with dolphins // went on a spice tour and found some pretty unusual things. the seeds in this plant were once ground up and used as lipstick.
drinking from a coconut. the guy that got it for us at the top of the crazy tall tree was singing and dancing the whole way up. he only used part of a rice sack tied around his feet to get to the top. // the guys at the spice farm playing a traditional game.
bare feet in grass is always wonderful // beautiful buildings in zanzibar
amazing door in zanzibar // lovely tile, too:)
the best sunset lookout point in zanzibar // hakuna matata = no worries.
checked "lay on the beach in zanzibar" off of my 27 before 28 list // loved these umbrellas so much
went on a dhow cruise // another dhow we passed. beautiful!