Monday, August 25, 2008

Getting oriented ... August 20 – 31, 2008 ...


What a busy week! It was unbelievable. I don’t know exactly where to start. First of all, my laptop was having software related problems, and it has been to the technician for a week. I was then borrowing a desk top computer from my department. Meanwhile, I was able to work on the schedule of my first semester - fall 2008. I will take five classes; among them three are core courses. Five days of the week, I will be in class. I will try to find out a small space for you, and I will keep you updated about everything. I already started to use a new blogging schedule; it will be at weekly bases.
What a wonderful Sunday, August 24, 2008! Flat tiles were the warm greetings from my bike. I was nervous. It was 6:30 am. I was biking around Charles River, suddenly my bike couldn’t move anymore. Before I thought it was one tile, but after 10 minutes the front tile was flat too. It was my time to carry it. Although it began with sad news, it was a wonderful day. I went to the welcome Roman Catholic mass at MIT. It was celebrated in Kresge Auditorium, famous auditorium in MIT with a particular structure (see picture). After every mass in MIT, there is conviviality, and we had one yesterday. Time to get free food, the priest said. I met African students, from Cameroun, who are in undergraduate studies. One of them is on the same program with another Rwandan student. Probably we are two Rwandese students in MIT. I also met somebody else, an American, who has been in Rwanda. She was working on Roman Catholic Church projects in south – west side of Rwanda, Cyangugu. She told me that she knows other Rwandese around Boston city, and through her I can connect to them.
The orientation period is amazing, you get to know people, make friends, see how different there are according to their different culture, it is marvelous. The evening hours, starting 6:00 pm up to 11:00pm, were time for fun. All the fresh graduate students were brought together; musical group invited, free junk food available, we enjoyed up to 11:00 pm. I talked to two freshmen, both from Chine. One attended Harvard University, and he is specializing in Math. The second was shy, and when the orchestra started singing, he moved back to his apartment. The music was too noisy, disorganized; he thought the girl, who was singing, was crazy. It was a junk music for the Chine’s guy. It isn’t easy to satisfy everybody’s emotions. Different people from all over the world, you cannot meet their preferences at all. The following week, will be a combination of orientation activities, which will be closed by a fabulous labor weekend, for graduate students in environmental engineering, a white water rifting retreat. Ciao, see you soon.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

we meet again ... August 15 - 20, 2008

I am glad to find this opportunity to update you again. Lots happened last week, and these include watching Red Sox Baseball game, swimming in Ocean, testing new sea food, exploring dunes, etc.
It is not easy to tell stories so entertaining, divers, etc. I am going to try to be brief and summarize events. Wednesday August 13, 2008, my first time in baseball game, I watched Boston Red Sox Baseball game playing against Texas. My advisor nearby, I enjoyed it, and I got more explanations from him. He knows a lot about baseball. The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007) World Series Champions. The Red Sox are a member and current champions of both Major League Baseball’s American League Eastern Division and of the American League itself. Since 1912, the Red Sox have made their home at Fenway Park (Wikipedia retrieved August 14, 2008). It is amazing to attend a baseball game and more entertaining when the Red Sox plays. It is much funny to watch a focused, a committed, and a wining team like the sox do. If you know more about Baseball, Boston Red Sox, surely you got me …
Swimming is one of my favorite sports. During last weekend, I had a great time swimming in ocean. The water is too salty, thus increasing floating and being more balanced above sea. It was a great experience. Walking in dunes’ field, I realize how amazing is to be onshore. It is more relaxing, enjoy sea breeze, and end by swimming in ocean after a sunny walk through the dunes. I was at Ipswich, a costal town in Essex County, Massachusetts. Before it sets, I tasted new varieties of seafood. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I ate lobster and clams. They were delicious. Boston, the seafood home city, has varieties of them. I shall always remember Boston’s delicious seafood.
As I am getting closer to classes beginnings, I am getting more tools, equipments I need for both academic and transport. Last week I got two meaningful presents from a friend: a bike and an English book “the element of style” to polish my written English. The latter will extremely be helpful for my career development as I grow in MIT.
Hard to close this discussion, but finally at the end of it, I am pleased that you read my posts. The today’s one, ends with Haymarket. It is a Friday and Saturday market on Congress Street, Boston. The Vendors are very social and cheap. At your arrival, they welcomed you with their songs drawing in customers “Buck a box, dollar a pound”, repeating endlessly. They want to sell more. My shopping was dominated by both fruits and vegetables. On red and orange lines, subways In Boston, I draw attention of everybody. I was holding lots of plastic bags in my both hands full of fresh food. I shall always shop in Haymarket, as long as I am still attending MIT in Boston.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Gorilla Munch Cereal.... 1% of sale donated to wildlife... August 12 - 14, 2008 ...

I was surprised yesterday while I was in TRADER JOE’S supermarket looking for cereals ... they were out of store in my apartment ... I come across Gorilla Munch Organic cereal ... with the logo of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International ... 1% of our sales is donated to endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids ... these were the words written on the package ... I immediately grabbed it ... thus contributing to conservation ... I have been working with Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International for one year and half managing the water accessibility program ... one of the people who was shopping found me laughing and was interested in knowing why ... I took the cereal and showered him on Rwanda’s Map on the cereals’ package and said I am from this country ... and worked with Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International ... I showed him the logo ... cries of joy ... and then gave me a hug ... He kept asking me about Rwanda and I told him that he should all the times by the cereal too ... then he will be contributing for the conservation of the endangered species ... It was really amazing for me to meet somebody like him ... normally I don’t have anybody to chart with while shopping ... and actually most of the times I am alone ... sometimes in evening hours I chart with my roommates ... but during the sports hours, going shopping ... anybody ... maybe I will found someone in coming days ... that guy broke my silence yesterday ...
At the other hand, I am keeping progressing with reading books ... and trying to get used to new mobile system technology ... yesterday was a day of funny ... I tried to run more functions of my cell phone ... suddenly I found out that people have been leaving voice messages behind but I couldn’t hear them ... Yesterday I made it ... it was my first time to open that system but it went over successfully ... I had 4 voice messages ... not being familiar with that system made me to lose contact number of a friend who left it behind for me to call him back ... I realized that was the telephone number when the message was finished ... I am really still learning ... I am sometimes confused ... but It will be alright ... actually I am somewhere compared to where I was the first day I stepped out the airplane after landing at Logan Airport ...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

First week in my apt. ... First visit ... August 9 - 11, 2008




Six hours late … the sunset again … as usual … it is the end of the day … soon it will rise again … it is the following day … thus we have weeks, months, years, decades, century … we can tell people that we were born this date … they can call us kids … juvenile … old … and we will then disappear from the earth … the end of our days … people we still remember that we existed … and maybe we accomplished something special considered like a landmark of somewhere … etc … this last two days have been amazing to me … I charted with one of my roommates and found that we were born the same year, month with seven days of difference … He was born March 09, 1981 and I was born March 16, 1981 … we met in MIT and we are living in the same apartment … He is from Chine and I am from Africa – Rwanda… we were born in the lucky month … said my roommate…
Saturday also was an amazing day … I had the first visitor at MIT … in my apartment … Mrs. Laura Clauson came to visit me and while we were walking out she showed me what used to be her apartment while she was studying at Boston University … her apartment is opposite to mine across Charles River … it is really unbelievable how things happen to this world … Justin Timberlake one of the American pop singers said that … what goes around, comes around … by here we can say that life is a cycle which we don’t know its radius, Diameter … etc. Yesterday reminded me last year 2007 when I couldn’t come to MIT due to delays of my scholarship within Government of Rwanda … Laura was still working in Rwanda … but she was enjoying her vacation in New Hampshire … she was sad … almost one year 2008 after we flew the same day from Rwanda to USA … yesterday she visited me in Boston … where she went to school … our apartment facing each other … it is amazing … surely we will met again somewhere … on the life cycle … maybe at that time we will be able to estimate the radius of this life cycle …
Luck day … Saturday … before my visitor came I went down Massachusetts Avenue … I was going to shop food for the coming week … on my way I met $10 … The old man saw me and called me to help him to move the small gas barrel from his car and lay onto a device with tire … the device was for helping him to push and bring it inside the house … the gas barrel wasn’t that much heavy though I helped him … the action took at least one minute … the old man gave me $10 to thank me for my help … I was attempted to refuse but I realized that the old man will be sad … normally in my culture if you give hand to somebody else to accomplish a difficult job and the help didn’t last like at least a day … there is no way you can receive from him something for recognition … but in America one minute gave me $10 … that was my luck day …
At the end of the day, I went for a walk … I walked two hours on the shore of Charles River … my walk was lovely … I think I will do it sometime … I like walking around … explore … I saw ducks … different people doing evening jogging … you will find some pictures attached of different view I had …
I am having good time her in MIT … reading books, learning more … and wish you do too … from where you are … wishing you all the best for different works you are doing … wishing you all the best my friend … Sean Clauson … my friend who couldn’t come yesterday because he is busy analyzing his 500 hours video tapes he recorded while he was in Rwanda … hope your received my gift to strengthen you so that you can have enough energy for the work… Sean keep you hard working … you will get credits for it … I am very curious to watch some parts of your videos … cheers …

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mealtime getting closer ... I prepared my evening meal... August 7 - 8, 2008

Tuesday August 5, 2008; after having a meeting with Tom, member of MIT community working on web paper design of MIT Legatum Center fellows, I went to buy food in Star supermarket. This supermarket is the closest to my apartment. I was looking for organic products ... I know that there are expensive but that is my first choice. I bought white onions, green pepper, bread, calottes, tomato sauce, fish, etc. I was getting ready to cook my first dinner ... I had rice, fish, beans mixed with vegetables and tomato sauce. It was delicious ... As I told you about the kitchen, I cleaned it first and cooked my Dinner ... It is now clean and I think even my roommates will respect that habit of leaving kitchen clean... it is nice to keep everything in hygienic manner ... well my dinner was delicious ... you miss it ... maybe one day you will pass by my apartment when meal is ready... and we will share...
Since Wednesday I have been staying in my Apt. reading a book wrote by Alice Outwater … “Water a natural History” published in 1996 … it is great because I am getting the water history of America in that book … what happened and what have been done to reduce water pollution… weather is still challenging … I don’t like how it is these days … It has been pouring yesterday and also to today fog in morning hours … Boston is cloudy … from my view it seems like it was about to rain… Yesterday I also started my sport program … attending MIT sport center … it is really cool to swim in pool of 50 m long … and running on the field of athletic center … playing basketball … it is really great … being also in the fitness center …. That it is it … it is really MIT … You find everything you need in this University and you cannot get bored … you all the time have multiple choices … see you my friends don’t mind about photos inside MIT sport center it is not allowed to take pictures…

Monday, August 4, 2008

Hold the Horses ... I have updates... August 5 - 6, 2008

Oh! Busy day today... my first day was overclouded by different appointments with different people at MIT including my Advisor whom we had lunch together. Other people we met include the MIT Legatum Center staff and the Academic Administrator within the department of civil and environment engineering. As I told you in past daily talk ... people at MIT are very friendly ... It is lovely to study here ... they are ready to help with anytime ... or any kind of assistance students may need ... I had good time with my Advisor ... who told me insight sentence ... “MIT is like a basket of sweet pop corns, where is hard to windrow fingers from ... because it isn’t easy to estimate the quantity of corns you want to get... Hope you understand the meaning of the wise words if not you will have then to email me or ask me by commenting the blog ... I will get back to you. After all the meetings ... it was time for shopping ... I was looking for a cell phone and lights ... It was very difficult to me to find where I can buy light ... After 1 hour running inside the Cambridge Gallery ... I found CVS ... store and bought lights from it ... it is even at that place where I bought my Cell Phone ... 1 – 857 – 998 – 7224 ... I had a contract with Verizon Company ... one of the popular telephone firm in America ... I had a long day yesterday but I am glad I had everything I was looking ... I was very tired ... I took cereals and cow milk for my Diner... and went to bed ...

First night in my Apartment ... August 3 - 4, 2008 ...

Six hours late the Sunrise rises in Boston ... New day ... New life ... New vision ... I am now in Tang Hall ... after 12 months and 12 days of patience ... I am at the beginning again ... It was too difficult shopping everything needed ... I was like a little baby starting schools afresh ... I am sure that wasn’t the last time of buy such different equipments ... another day will be and I will repeat the same again ... this remained me my childhood when I was shopping different school supplies with my mother ... I am glad that Ro Wyman and Bill Wyman have been there for me ... I was shopping kitchenware, foods, office supplies, bed sheets, etc Shopping in America is totally different from what we communally call shopping in Rwanda... you can see everything before you buy and most of the times the food is in different sacs where you are able to see everything before you buy ... the packaging is poor ... in America you cannot see what you want to buy ... everything is labeled by names according to varieties of different items... names are too many to run in short period ... and everything is packed within special and different bags ... most of the names of supplies we bought yesterday were new to me ... but as said early ... I was with my parents in USA, I was like a little baby ... I am happy to be in my apartment ... I met my roommates ... all are international students from Asia ... India, Chine and Thailand ... the I from Africa ... two of them are PhD students and two including I, we are Master’s degree students ... My room is small in size and had not lights ... everybody who move in has to buy his own lighting equipment ... This situation surprised me ... I was obliged then to buy my own lighting equipments ... one for my table and another one for the room ... If you could arrive in our apartment and step in the kitchen, shower ... or in rest room you can immediately tell ... it is a boys’apartement ... with less general cleaning ... and things scatted here and there ... Normally this not my style of living ... after three years of personal experience carrying out multiple health inspections, advising people on hygiene and sanitation ... it is too hard to me ... getting used to these ... I have then to find a strategy together with my roommates ... we really have to change how everything looks ... especially for things we are sharing ... kitchen, restroom, living room and shower ... otherwise we can end up somewhere that I don’t know yet ... anywhere let me leave you ... hope to see you soon ... I have a busy day today ... meetings with different people, buying other different equipments and supplies for my room ...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

To the final destination ... Agust 1 - 2, 2008 ...

Six hours later, the sunset in Hanover New Hampshire and I knew that I will be leaving tomorrow ... to the final destination where I will for the next two years ... getting into shape ... polish my engineering career for a better life engine ... I remember, 38 days ago, I was parking to leave my motherland to USA. Hanover has been my first experience ... the area that opens me to USA culture ... USA living style ... I learned a lots ... I will miss Hanover, NH ... It is quite town and easy to get around ... people are very friendly ... I will miss my friends Sean, Kevin and Laura who always guided me around in order to make me feel comfortable ... I will miss Sean’s mother who thought me American culture ... I was his son and will always be ... it is hard to find meaningful ways to be grateful ... after all these wonderful support ... but I am always sure that the time will come and I will find a way ... I will also miss Bill’s family ... we said together one week ... Bill is my father ... He has given me a new hope ... I remember on year ago, last summer 2007 ... we discussed about my career and difficulties faced on the trail of my scholarship case ... he helped me a lot to go through everything ... and today I am on my way to the final destination ... the main objective of my long journey ... I am very comfortable compared to the first weeks in USA... I know many things to USA life style ... I will keep being with you and always giving you this tales containing my experience...

LifeEngine Clean Water Project

LifeEngine Clean Water Project
Testing Water Filtration Technology in Bisate Village