October 2013

  • Took on a busy market solo
  • Ate copious amounts of sukuma and chapati
  • Travelled in a 14 passenger van with 25 people
  • Camped on Lake Naivasha
  • Saw Hippos around our campsite
  • Fractured my elbow doing a backbend
  • Biked (or sat on one) through Hells Gate National Park
  • Saw Giraffes, Zebras, Antelope, Baboons, and Wart Hogs
  • Hiked through the gorges of Hells Gate National Park
  • Lived in a two bedroom apartment with 13 people
  • Had my heart touched and changed by the children of the Kisumu community
  • Went clubbing in Kisumu, Kenya- was also felt up by the bouncer upon entering this club
  • Talked about gender roles and women’s rights with a group of college students (mostly male) at the Kisumu Polytechnic
  • Helped construct a library for a children’s after school program with YCCM in the Nylenda area of Kisumu
  • Survived 3 overnight busses- the one to Rwanda was a close call
  • Slept outside an abandoned bus station in the middle of Uganda waiting for the earliest bus
  • Went white water rafting in the Nile
  • Swam in the Nile!!
  • Took my first motto in Kampala, Uganda
  • Went to the second largest Mosque in Africa
  • Visited the Genocide Memorials of Rwanda
  • Went to the movie theatre in Kigali and watched a double feature
  • Lived with a local family in Kimironko, Rwanda for three days in a village of widows
  • Witnessed how easily and quickly development can break down and fail
  • Went to trivia night- and got our asses kicked- with the expat community of Kigali
  • Stepped on Sea Urchins in the Indian Ocean and had a local man cut them out of my feet
  • Walked through the old towns of Mombassa Kenya and explored Fort Jesus and the Leven Steps
  • Navigated a trip to Northern Rwanda solo and learned to trust my gut
  • Went on a Gorilla Trek in the mountains of Rwanda!! Saw about 30 Gorillas!
  • Explored the streets of Lamu, Kenya and saw into the beauty of a simple life
  • Had custom made clothes tailored for us (and my African Hips) in a shop in Lamu
  • Ate seafood for three straight meals
  • Swam in the Indian Ocean
  • Sailed to an unknown island in Wattamu
  • Had a seafood feast of Octopus and fish on the beach
  • Slept outside on a bed overlooking the ocean
  • Had a migraine for 24 hours straight- including 12 hours on an overnight bus
  • Slept for 14 hours straight
  • Kissed multiple giraffes
  • Fell in love with Ethiopian food
  • Learned how to bargain like a boss
  • Got ring worm….probably from lovely Lydia
  • Learned how easy it is to fall in love with people, places, and moments in such a short amount of time
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