RWANDA BRING RWANDA HOME

Closer Weekly - - Great Escape -

WITH GO­RIL­LAS IN THE MISTS AND VOL­CA­NOES ON HIGH, THE AFRICAN NA­TION IS

A UNIQUE DES­TI­NA­TION

My rea­son to get up in the morn­ing is truly to live a youth­ful, flex­i­ble and full life,” To­vah Feld­shuh tells Closer. “I’m an ad­ven­ture trav­eler.” Stay­ing true to her phi­los­o­phy, the Crazy Ex-Girl­friend ac­tress em­barked on a trip to Rwanda. While the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced dev­as­tat­ing bru­tal­i­ties in 1994, it is now safe and em­brac­ing the fu­ture. “The best thing I’ve ever done was trek to the moun­tain go­ril­las,” To­vah says. While in the land­locked coun­try near the equa­tor, she ex­plored the mas­sive Virunga Moun­tains, and she sug­gests first-time visi­tors ap­proach the ex­pe­ri­ence — and an­i­mals — with re­spect. “You want to look at videos, read, get phe­nom­e­nal cam­era equip­ment and un­der­stand what it means to be quiet in the vol­canic for­est, be­cause that is the ter­ri­tory of the great ape,” she ex­plains. “You’re at his ser­vice. You don’t look him in the eye; you bow your head and you are silent.” Her mem­o­ries are bet­ter than any sou­venir found in a gift shop. “I will never for­get it as long as I live,” To­vah says. “They were mag­nif­i­cent and full of hu­man­ity.”

— Aaron Ras­mussen Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents with ice in a shaker and shake well. Pour mix­ture into a cock­tail glass and en­joy!

THE SCENERY

THE SOU­VENIR

THE SIP

Go wild with a gorilla 3D wood puz­zle. $10, kikker­land.com The African Sun­rise com­bines cof­fee and vodka for a cock­tail that gets happy hour off to an en­er­giz­ing start.

Fill this chal­ice­footed ter­rar­ium with plants to give any desk a view of the great out­doors. $68, shopter­rain.com

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