Niccole Rivero

January 30, 2011

The Hardest Part of Going Abroad, You Ask? Coming Home.

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You’d think after almost four months in a third world country, I’d be jumping for joy to return to America, land of the free(zing).  Let’s not jump to any conclusions, though.  Reverse culture shock is rough.  Rougher, really, than any culture shock I experienced while immersing myself in the most foreign-seeming place I have ever […]

January 12, 2011

Independently Studying in the Mzoo

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Its been a while since I’ve posted last, so I suppose now we’re going to play a game of catch-up on my last month of research in Uganda.  Here… we… go. The biggest, most important aspect of all SIT study abroad programs is the ISP, or the Independent Study Project.  Throughout the semester, we spent […]

Lafayette College

November 30, 2010

An Authentic Thanksgiving

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How did the pilgrims create the first Thanksgiving? They were in a foreign land. They worked with what they had. They were assisted by the local people. Suffice to say, my mzungu friends and I have come pretty close to recreating the original Thanksgiving. I’ve walked with my head high since arriving in East Africa […]

Lafayette College

November 18, 2010

Nkwagala Nyo, Gulu

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The abundance of African languages I’ve been learning on this trip both amazes and confuses me daily.  Between Acholi, Luganda, Kinyarwanda, and a smattering of Kiswahili, I can’t keep them straight and generally resort to whipping out whatever spontaneous phrase leaps and bounds into my head.  For example, when my boda-boda driver yesterday asked me […]

Lafayette College

October 29, 2010

Take Time to Reflect

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“All I wanted to do now was get back to Africa.  We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie listening, homesick for it already.” -Emerson As the halfway point of this experience speeds by me, I’m preparing to leave Kigali and head back to Gulu. In […]

Lafayette College

October 24, 2010

This Is Genocide

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I knew when I signed up for this program that I would be facing a life-changing, but at times difficult, experience.  I knew that learning about conflict, war, and genocide would entail tackling complicated subjects and confronting sights that would be hard to deal with.  I never expected, however, to be slapped in the face […]

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October 15, 2010

The River Nile, Refugees, and Rwanda

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After a month in Gulu, its time to say goodbye and head to Rwanda. Leaving Gulu was bittersweet.  I developed such a strong connection to my family, but it was time to move on to new things.  The only consolation is that I’ll be back there in less than four weeks for my ISP.  I […]

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September 23, 2010

You Are Most Welcome to Uganda

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“Kopa’ngo, muzungu?” After only two weeks in Uganda, I already feel like I’ve been here a lifetime.  America seems like a faraway land of luxury (read: showers, paved roads, trash cans, and identifiable meat products), despite the fact that everyone wants to talk to me about Obama. “Muzungu” is the single most frequent word to […]