Why are my lungs burning and legs aching? Could it be I finally made it to my half century earlier this year? There were many who doubted I would reach this milestone.
Or, was it the large amount of beer that was forced down my throat the previous evening… going up an endless hill with the promise of seeing wild gorillas..."not far now"...the voice of Charlie, our producer, egging me on. Fine for him to say – the southern mountain goat – I mutter darkly a phrase that is very similar to…love and travel.
The journey is always there, we have to do it, sometimes smooth, interesting, and a tad troublesome— at the end the reward of seeing something new, hearing new points of view and being able to share with you...priceless.
Standing in the street or downtown market, the top of a hill, the middle of the desert people always come up to you, "what are you doing"? I am standing with a large tripod with a big camera atop – "I'm in my office working," I reply, and "I did not hear you knock when you stepped in."
I figure I have some of the best "borrowed" office space in the world. In the case of Rwanda certainly the cleanest, never seen a country anywhere in the world so clean – and in Africa.
From Chad to Rwanda, briefly into the Congo and now to hook-up with Sanjay in the Cameroon to do a little hunting for "bush meat" and find out where some fine exotic viruses come from – can't wait.
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