When one of my NICU nurses, doctors, or janitors has a baby, gets married, or some other life event, we all go visit the family. Sunday evening we visited our janitor, Valentine. We were a little slow with this visit as the baby is already five months old, but better late than never, right?!?! ☺
We walked ten minutes to the main road, through town, and headed into the hills. The view was beautiful with houses dotting the hillside and the hills and valley mist alight with the setting sun.
As small paths turned off, I was glad we weren't going down or up those because I knew we’d be returning in the dark. We finally came to a shop and turned off there on a level path. I could handle this one!
But then we took a right and started climbing up, weaving along the edge of a very steep hill with no grass or rock imbedded in the path to keep me from slipping. At one point the community power pole was down with wires four feet off the ground. So I climbed, ducked under power lines, and looked down an eight foot drop to my left. I was getting really nervous about going home in the dark and downhill which is harder than up!
We made it to the house and had a very nice time. Good thing our department is small as we just fit in the living room. Actually, Valentine’s husband had to stay outside for some of the party as there wasn't room for him. We chatted, sometimes in French which I can understand, but Valentine and her family don’t, so sometimes in Kinyarwandan which I don’t understand.
Just as we were leaving, the power went out. We walked out to a moonless night with an amazing display of stars! Sure glad I had my flashlight! I made it down to the road, holding someone's hand at the worst spots! Walking back to Kibogora by flashlight, we told stories, laughed, and even talked about ghost stories when we passed the local cemetery. It was a fun evening, being friends with no pressure from work. One of those times when I love being in Rwanda, love my friends, and am so thankful God called me here!