The first four months of our Rwanda tour we mostly stayed put, only leaving Kigali a couple of times for weekend trips to Akagera and Nyungwe and venturing out of the country once to play in an Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Kampala. Starting with D’s trip to Bangkok, the last two months by contrast have been full of travel and adventure. We made a couple of jaunts north of the border to Uganda, spent a weekend tracking golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, and just returned home from two wonderful weeks in Namibia and a visit to Victoria Falls.
Although it is virtually impossible to get away from the 24-hour news cycle and nonstop barrage of social media, we try to unplug as much as we can when we travel. We don’t bring laptops on our trips, only use the iPad in emergency situations when everything else fails to prevent a Munchkin meltdown, hold off on blogging, and try to check our phones as infrequently as possible.
As it happens, this vacation – planned many months ago – could not have come at a better time. We could not fully block out the upheaval back home, but we minimized our exposure to it. Alas, all things come to an end eventually – and vacations far more quickly than we’d like. We are back home in Kigali where our jobs as diplomats have become quite a bit more complicated. On the upside, we have a month’s worth of travel memories to cheer us up, which we’ll share in the coming weeks.