Music is universal

 

As Mel mentioned in her last blog, yesterday on the worksite we had tons of fun.  What really stood out for me was the fact that we are now working as a cohesive unit with these 40+ men (and one woman) on the worksite.  We invested in an old fashioned boom box and had it running on batteries for about 8 out of the 11 hours we were working.  There was one gentleman in particular who was really enjoying the Ugandan dance CD that we were playing.  They even recognized some of the songs.  Once the batteries burned out we were treated to local song and dance while lugging concrete trays.  It was so amazing, we hardly even noticed when it started to rain and worked right through that light storm.  Nick got a video so hopefully we’ll be able to share that with you when we get home.  Over the last 3 days, we have determined that our huge language barrier is no longer an issue.  What an incredible connection we’ve made with this village.

 

 

The Blinding Bush

We learned early on about a very common ‘hedge’ of sorts in Rwanda.  We are told that it is similar to aloe in that if you break the leaf it will spill a milky liquid on you.  This liquid is told to cause blindness if rubbed in your eyes. Yikes!  Therefore, we have taken to calling it the “blinding bush.” You may think this would be very easy to avoid…you’d be wrong though. Unfortunately, our sweaty work days involve a great deal of rubbing our eyes on the inside and outside of our sleeves.  As we bike to and from the worksite each day we ride dangerously close to the B.B.  It is used to line all properties and the edge of the entire road from the hotel to the work sites.  Thankfully, we haven’t had any casualties yet but have noticed that the goats and cows graze heartily on the blinding bush and that clean laundry is often dried upon it.  We have sent a lot of our laundry out though the hotel to be cleaned in town.  It comes back smelling of clean air.  Let’s hope the blinding bush isn’t their method of drying.