I didn't intend to fall off the face of the earth. I didn't intend to raise all kinds of questions and then not answer them. I didn't intend on April unfolding the way it has.
This year's trip to Rwanda was challenging, difficult, wonderful, eye-opening, unsettling, life-affirming and life-changing. I'm already looking forward to my next trip to the Land of a Thousand Hills. And that astounds me. Two years ago, I would never have imagined that I'd actually be going to Africa. That I've since been twice and even my family assumes that I'll be returning again? Simply amazing to me.
I don't know why I haven't posted in over a month. While I was still in Rwanda, I was definitely up against time and technology constraints. I had the Global Citizens blog to keep up, and a weekly column for my local newspaper to submit. Since I've been home, I have sat down to write several times. This morning I deleted multiple draft blog posts that just fell flat.
Perhaps I've just been jet lagged. Perhaps I have been unable to articulate what I've experienced and felt. Perhaps writing about a student trip halfway around the world while the Boston Marathon bombing drama is unfolding here at home feels inappropriate. Perhaps the world spins just a bit too quickly and there are already new, more current things I feel like I should be writing about.
Whatever the reason, I'm back now. Time for me to put some thoughts to the page.