This week and next we're inviting chefs, writers, and friends to share what Christmas and the winter holidays look like in their corner of the world. First up: Josh Ruxin, an entrepreneur, restaurateur, and author of A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda.
Little Rwanda, a nation of 12 million people, located smack in the middle of Africa, is one of the last places I know of where the holidays still are as they should be. There’s no Black Friday shopping, no insane race for reservations at Michelin starred restaurants, no gift-guide inspired lists.
You might be thinking about what most people associate with Rwanda – 1994’s horrific genocide – but today’s Rwanda is pristine, safe, and a moving place to spend the holidays for those who take no joy from the cold.