I am going to Rwanda the second week in July. I have been itching to go to Africa for years and an opportunity came up that I just could not pass up.
The backstory is that my dad started an exercise program a few years ago and he started with a man from Rwanda. Having a training partner is significantly better than not having one. So they rode their bicycles on the trails talking and peddling as cyclists do. Getting to know each other. Well, S, the man from Rwanda who's wife is from Uganda, invited my parents to go back with him. However, my mom has type 1 diabetes and only recently has it gotten to the point where she understands it well enough and has insulin that can last three weeks without refrigeration to attempt such a trip.
Basically, my parents ran out of excuses not to go. I have known about this for months as I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to go. Finally, Thursday, yesterday, I took the plunge and bought tickets. My parents are adventurous, maybe 30% as adventurous as me, but they have never done anything like go to rural Africa. I would regret it if I didn't go. The chance to go to east central Africa with a local and the chance to see my parents reactions to everything will be well worth the plane ticket. Honestly, I don't expect to have an opportunity like this again. (Now that I say that my parents will have the goal of visiting 100 countries before age 70 or something...)