July 17th, 2016
We arose in the early hours of dawn today; 4:30 to be exact! Incredibly, our staff had risen even earlier to cook us an excellent breakfast prior to our departure an hour later… onto the road to head to the savannah, where we’d begin our safari! It was a fairly tedious, four-hour bumpy ride, however upon arriving we were greeted to an almost Jurassic Park-like introduction to the trek! In the distance we watched as bison, wildebeest, and giraffes roamed about. Then, out of nowhere, countless zebras began popping up one by one, surrounding the lorry with us in it! As the journey continued, we were even more stunned as beautiful giraffes began appearing mere metres from our vehicle; a theme park indeed! They stared at us while chewing the leaves of tall and exotic trees, many of us hopping to opposite sides of the bus to snap photos. After that it only became more incredible, with: gazelles, antelopes, impalas, hogs, and even an elusive cheetah passing us by at one point or another. We may have made some puns along the way…
I tawt i saw a kitty kat – I did, I did see a cheetah kitty kat. Be vewwyyy vewwwyyy quiet, its a wabbit. Is wat a woad wunner? Or is it a wostrich?
When it was one o’clock in the afternoon, we went to a river in the savannah and had our lunch together with the hippos, their heads bobbing up and down like wack-a-moles. We were warned however not to near them as hippos are extremely dangerous–as well as extremely fast! After lunch we roamed around a little longer, searching for a lion or elephant to cap off our safari with a blast! Though we unfortunately didn’t achieve this goal, we were all quite satisfied having already seen so many incredible and majestic creatures! Afterwards, we headed to a camp different from our usual site for a night sleeping in bomas (traditional Maasai homes), as well as listening to one of our incredible accompanying locals named Livingstone, as he detailed the Maasai culture and his experiences as part of the beautiful but sadly dying group. Sitting around a campfire, we all listened attentively to his stories, before recounting some highlights of the day and heading off to bed!
July 19th, 2016
After waking up from the boma, we surprisingly found how warm it was. The first thing in the morning, as always, was fighting for the CHAI TEA. The facilitators told us that there would be two mamas coming to teach us beading. However, during the interval when we were waiting for them, we played a game called “capture the ruler”. We all started sweating after two rounds of the game so when the beading started, it calmed us down. The mamas first introduced us to the history of beading and how much they appreciated Me to We’s help in creating alternative incomes for their families. We were all really excited to experience their daily life. We were given a tray of beads and tools such as needles, strings and the stretchable strings. The bracelets that we were making were called “Rafikis”, the word that means “friends” in Swahili. At first, we all imagined this to be an easy job, well, to be honest, it was easy for those who chose not to organize the beads in a certain pattern. However, for most of us, who chose to arrange the beads in a certain pattern, the challenge was to pick beads that we actually wanted to put together. Although it was a tough task, everyone enjoyed being creative and just concentrate on what we were doing. We heard really cool stories with wonderful morals from Aiden and Torean on our table, which made us feel that the time was passing really quickly. By the end of the session, some of us finished the rafikis off, while the others didn’t. However, we had to call it a day because we had tight schedules and the mamas needed to go and work with another group.
Shortly after we headed to the Duka which was a small shop that allowed us to purchase local souvenirs. Some of us bought rafikis, bracelets, necklaces, and colourful pants but everyone rushed to buy the Kenyan black tea with masala (ingredients to make Chai Tea). It did not take more than 5 minutes until the entire stock of tea boxes and masala seasonings was wiped clean. By the time we returned to camp, it was already past 5 and none of us had realized we have not ate lunch. We quickly ate a hot spaghetti lunch at around 5:30 pm and had free time until dinner at 8. Most people spent the time playing more card games and magic tricks, while others went to take a shower before joining the card-playing frenzy. Dinner marked the end of our crazy adventure, as we took no time to dive into our soft and comfortable beds prepared by our staff each day. Thank you for joining us again on our daily adventurous blogs.
Kevin, Chelsea, Fanny, and Boris signing off