Laura Gordon

Laura Gordon (Survivor Corps in Burundi): Laura worked as an English teacher in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 and Thailand in 2003. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Oxford with a 1st Class degree in Modern History. After graduating, Laura worked in Uganda as a research intern for the Uganda Human Rights Commission. At the time of her fellowship she was pursuing her master’s degree in International Affairs at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. After her fellowship, Laura wrote: “I'm more comfortable in my skin now, and after a couple of years of wondering where I belong, I'm now sure that it's overseas in the development world. I love Burundi and I'm desperate to go back.”

Party Like it’s Bujumbura!

14 Jul

Everyone says it: Burundians love to party. On the plane out here I met a number of Rwandans who went all misty-eyed when I said I was going to Burundi, and told me about the amazing time they’d had on stag nights down in Bujumbura, giving the impression that it was the Ibiza of the Great Lakes region! I admit I was somewhat sceptical, but very soon after arriving it became clear that they knew what they were talking about; everyone wants to go for beer and brochette, all the time. But this weekend, while dancing with Eddie (of drummers fame) and his housemates in the newly renovated Havana Club (complete with 7 disco balls of varying sizes), I realised that it went further than I could ever have imagined. Quite simply: you know a nation loves to party, when everyone going to a club prepares by taking a small white serviette with them to wipe their foreheads as they dance the night away.

Tout le monde le dit; les Burundais aiment bien de fêter. Sur le vol à ici, j’ai rencontré plusieurs Rwandais qui ont exprimé une grande nostalgie quand j’ai dit qui irait à Bujumbura, et m’ont dit qu’ils ont passé les fêtes incroyables là bas – ils ont donné l’impression que Bujumbura est l’Ibiza de la région ! Je dois dire que j’étais un peu sceptique, mais immédiatement après avoir arrivée, j’ai réalisé qu’ils avaient raison ; tout le monde veut aller pour les bières et les brochettes, tout le temps. Mais ce weekend, quand j’étais à Havana Club avec Eddie (le tambourinaire), j’ai réalisé que les Burundais ont pris leur amour de la fête à un tout nouveau niveau. Tout simplement – on sait qu’un pays aime bien de fêter quand tout le monde qui va au club prend une petite serviette pour essuyer leurs fronts quand ils dansent pendent toute la nuit !

Posted By Laura Gordon

Posted Jul 14th, 2009

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