Back home for training. Up early due to time difference so I thought I'd up date my blog. It was a race to the last minute to get everything done I needed before I left. My yearly evaluation still had the ink drying on the signatures as I was getting on the plane. But it's done and I can enjoy the time off now. I got off the plane in Dulles to a rainy day in Virginia. It felt great. The temps were in the 50's and the sun was overcast by rain clouds most of the time. Stayed with a friend in Old Town all weekend and enjoyed a day in Occoquan, Va. Now I'm starting some classes Monday and looking forward to a few weeks of good food and drink on my evening agenda.
Finally saw "Hotel Rwanda". Don Cheadle who played Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager was great, as were the rest of the cast. Although, I'm always a bit thrown when I see Nick Nolte in a film. There was one line in the film when Don as Paul said, "We will shame the world into sending help". That line sums up the whole feeling of the movie for me. All the media and non residents were evacuated from Kigali, as the Tutsis stayed behind to face the Hutus violent killing of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutu people.
Before I left Khartoum, I received the eagerly awaited shipment of Embassy merchandise that the recreation association had ordered. Just in time to bring home some nice Logo polo shirts for folks that had requested them. It's one of those things that helps folks feel like we're one step closer to running as a full service Embassy.