Osy Grand Hotel
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... Then it was time for what became a bit of a trend on arrival in our campsite - a cup of tea and freshly cooked popcorn. It went down a treat.
As darkness fell we got a magnificent view of the top of Kili with the glaciers bathed in the colours of sunset. It was a truly awesome sight.
Dinner consisted of soup, fish, spinach, potatoes and avocado salad.
... dark out, so I have no idea what to look at? He says those headlamps up there, they are at the first summit! I'm excited, but it's also really high up compared to us, so I decide not to think about it and just keep taking his lead.
After a little bit, we reach the first summit, Stella Point! I have conflicted feelings - I've accomplished something amazing, so maybe it's okay to just quit now? But I haven't actually finished, so quitting now is the same as quitting on ...
... hope so!
The first leg, up the Machema (ma-CHE-may) route was 7 miles and over 4000 feet of elevation gain, but most of it on the second half. Felt a lot like doing Robertson from the Old Rag parking lot, but twice, and at 9000 feet above sea level.
One thing I forgot from my briefing is that they stressed that the trick to Kilimanjaro is "Pole Pole" (PO-lay PO-lay) - slowly slowly. This is a marathon being done only by me, most of it over that ...
... boots. I regret now not buying some good hiking boots! I had a little selection to choose from! I got some boots but they are very big and the laces are a bit broken, but oh well!
Tonight we had a great dinner in town with our team and two other directors of the school, Perry and Lizzy. They are not joining us on the trek but they came to wish us good luck!
We enjoyed a nice meal and some Kili beers. Tomorrow is the day!!
... trying to squeeze in all those final errands and jobs I wanted to do before leaving. I spent one afternoon visiting a lady called Fatuma and her family in New Land village with Eva (the girl from our house) to hear about living with HIV. Another afternoon was spent souvenir shopping, and another uniform shopping for three kids just starting school. I went to have dinner with a lady called Amina and her family one evening, since I wanted to give her some money for ...