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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

There’s an active volcano in my backyard

I moved to Gisenyi on May 11, but my temporary house wasn’t ready until the 16th and then I left town for a permagarden training (more to come on that topic). Now I’ve had a chance to get settled a bit, although I’m still waiting on furniture.

Besides sharing the house with my sitemate, which is not ideal for my language development, local integration, or identity formation as a volunteer in Gisenyi, I love the location. The neighborhood children are wonderful, the neighbors in general seem nice, and this is the view from the chair in my room where I’m writing this:


That’s Nyiragongo, the active volcano that lies about 20km (12 miles) over the Congolese border (which is maybe half a mile from my house). Did I mention it’s active? It glows red at night, lighting up the smoke billowing from its plateaued peak. You can also see the big dipper in this picture:


The intensity and shape of the red smoke cloud change by the minute, providing me with endless after-dark entertainment. The novelty might never wear off.

4 comments:

  1. So cool that you can see not only the volcano but the Big Dipper in this picture!

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  2. Wow. Absolutely amazing!

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  3. The sky must be really clear if the stars glow that brightly! In Los Angeles we might see only six or eight stars in the entire sky! Gail

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  4. We just had a nice visit fro your Mom and sister. I know Helen is looking forward to visiting you this summer or fall. I am envious of you and all you are doing. The day and night picture of the volcano is fabulous! Uncle Mike

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