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Roaming The African Village With My Kids

My kids roam the dirt roads of Africa with ease. There is something in them that treads on the land like they are part of it. Potholes and dirt never bother them. Maybe it’s because they have rarely spent time on any other continent. They were born in Africa and this is their home. We took a walk together in the village right near the coffee washing station we are building.

The kids ambled about poking their heads in all the tiny shops and hoping to stumble on one that served Coke. They finally found one. The inside walls were covered in UN refugee camp plastic and we sat on tiny stools while what felt like the entire town watched us through the glassless window.  Next, they watched the bike repairmen that lined the roads and then ran under the tin roofs to avoid the afternoon rains. Seeing them walking in the small town of Bukaye, Burundi reminded me that even though the choice to live here is often a hard one, there is value and beauty and hope on the streets of this country… and it feels good when we walk in it.

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  • Hitting the streets. 1 of 20
    Hitting the streets.
  • Running for shelter from the rains. 2 of 20
    Running for shelter from the rains.
  • Sidewalk bike shop. 3 of 20
    Sidewalk bike shop.
  • Tire repairs. 4 of 20
    Tire repairs.
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  • Bikes of all types. 6 of 20
    Bikes of all types.
  • Fabric shopping. 7 of 20
    Fabric shopping.
  • Running in the rain. 8 of 20
    Running in the rain.
  • The local hairstylist. 9 of 20
    The local hairstylist.
  • Bike crazy. 10 of 20
    Bike crazy.
  • Roadside repairs. 11 of 20
    Roadside repairs.
  • Getting the job done. 12 of 20
    Getting the job done.
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  • On the hunt for Coke. 14 of 20
    On the hunt for Coke.
  • Found it. 15 of 20
    Found it.
  • Inside our Coke drinking spot. 16 of 20
    Inside our Coke drinking spot.
  • Roadside shopping. 17 of 20
    Roadside shopping.
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  • Outside the cassava/manioc mill. 19 of 20
    Outside the cassava/manioc mill.
  • Hanging out in town. 20 of 20
    Hanging out in town.

Read more from Kristy at Long Miles Coffee Project. For daily updates of her adventures in Africa, be sure to follow her on FacebookTwitter and especially Instagram. To buy Burundi coffee that aids the coffee farmers of Burundi, visit Dogwood coffee and order online.

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