The First Stop

After 14 hours in a plane whose chair I sat on could not lean back, I finally saw the light, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Yessss, at last!!! The anger and frustration I had, disappeared the moment the hostess announced we were landing and kept on saying other stuff that I didn’t pay attention to because I was in the “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” like they say. Our First stop was in Rochester. But we first landed at JFK in the famous city New York City which by the way was a very fun experience for me, New York is exactly the way it is in movies, movies actually have some level of truth to them.

We spent 5 hours in New York City, God it was amazing! But everybody is fast, like really fast; and you know when you leave Africa it becomes confusing, like yo why the rush guys?? Everyone is fast; no one seems to care about anyone. If someone is lying in the street no one will stop and ask what’s up, in Rwanda people will surround you and ask what’s up. Here you are forced to do sports unwillingly since you have to rush if you don’t want to be knocked on the floor and stepped on.

Anyway so we reach Rochester and go to our hotel, oh JESOOS where do I begin, that king size bed hugged me so tightly. The service in Staybridge Suites is amazing, like, amazing. Let us not talk about the breakfast because I will pass out and not be able to finish the blog. The breakfast was amazing and life giving; my favorite thing in the breakfast was everything.  Rochester University was a very good choice.

Brady Fletcher, Jeff Yahom and Bexley are by far the sweetest and most humble people I have ever met, they literally went out of their way to be with us and spend time with us. Jefferson is very smart! As we waited at the train station we talked for a while, we talked about some sensitive topics and he shared some of his personal history…. Look, the things we discussed, everyone thinks about them one way or another, but it had never occurred to me that someone would think like that and go beyond common understanding and challenge the way I view things so much. Well there might be many others like Jefferson but it was the very first time I met someone like him; I had never met anyone who thinks like that about those particular topics. Brady is the director of Forensics at Rochester, he is a busy guy I can tell but he took his time anyway to be with us and show us around campus. The food was amazing, the hospitality was amazing. We are grateful, I miss Rochester like so much just so you know.

Rochester has about 18+ Rwandan students. A good number of them are iDebate alumni, one of whom debated with team Rwanda. The Rwandans kabisa shout out to y’all and thanks for the hospitality, they are fun and really kind and smart, and some of them are geeks yo, I didn’t know someone could study astrology like what? Well they reppin’ Rwanda perfectly. I sat in one of their cars and it was an amazing ride.

Rochester was a fun experience I loved everything about it, waking up to the birds on the Genesee river and having breakfast in that sunlight…it that was great.

Some of us have already picked the American accent like eh, we are now Americans no more of that Kinyarwanda accent. Kilometers have become miles lol.

I thank sincerely the whole team that took care of us, the debaters at Rochester it was fun getting to know you and debating with you, the Rwandans that made us feel like we were home while eating rice and meat, wonderful, and mostly Brady, Jeff and Bexley thank you for your time.

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