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Friday, January 18th, 2002

Arriving in Kenya

Kenyan Landscape

Our journey began with about 48 hours of travel time, which was largely a sleepless nightmare for most of us, the last five hours of which was spent chugging up the hills in our Bedford trucks. They lose a lot of steam on the incline and the kids we encountered on the street had no trouble keeping up with us! As we travelled from Nairobi to Nanyuki (2009 meters) we were enthusiastically received by the locals.

 

The eventual sight of our camp was a great relief for our travel weary bodies. The final part of our journey was a stressful bridge crossing. The bridge was constructed of trees laid across the river, and help together with recycled nails which appeared incapable of carrying the weight of a few individuals, let along our monstrous army issue trucks (this is how it seemed, when it bowed, cracked and popped as we crossed). While we were prepared to endure arduous “survivor like” conditions, these preconceived notions proved to be huge misconceptions. Firstly the food is incredible!! Each meal is a delicacy, fit of the best of the five star restaurants. Our pastry/dessert chef has received kudos from each and every one of us. Secondly, our sleeping conditions are more than adequate: 2-3 people to an 8 man tent with mattresses and all!

 

Everyone seems great so far. There's a lot of us so I haven't had a chance to talk to everyone yet (there’s 71 of us). But the people I’m getting to know are really nice! The majority of us didn't know anyone when they came out here either which is good. The only problem is that it's hard to concentrate on homework cause there’s always so much going on and so much to look at and so many people to talk to.

 

Super excited to begin our 2.5 month adventure in Kenya, eastern Africa… what a great way to spend a semester during our undergraduate degree.

 

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