Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
5Trip End Jul 20, 2009
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Everything is still going amazing. So many new things, so little time. If I had the option, I would extend this trip because 3 weeks is way too short (no offense cheryl, your wedding is way more important!!! :) ) BUT, if I could, I would. I actually really love staying in the Maasai in the villages because you get more of a home feel to the volunteer experience as well.
Well, on a Matatu ride into Oasu ( a nearby village), the thing was jammed pack and I got the privalage of directly facing a goat the whole hour and a half ride. And after staring at this goat in the back of a pickup truck i am strongly considering becoming a vegetarian! The meat in Maasai is mostly goat and I dont' know, I just don't think I can eat it. AND, it is somewhat traditional for the Maasai people to kill a goat for the volunteers who are leaving. So Nailantai (my roomate) and I asked our host mom to do a chicken instead. So Betty says she will be killing a chicken on Tuesday and that we have to pluck the feathers....this will be interesting. On the way back from Oasu, we saw giraffes, zebras, dicdics, gizelles, and baboons....it was great to finally see the animals in the wild and not even on a safari.
Speaking of safari, we are leaving thursday and coming back monday and I cannot wait for this. I'm so glad to do the 4 dsay because Lake Nakuru is the day where you see tons and tons of flamingos, white rhinos, many other animals and leapords if we are lucky. Nailante showed pictures of her safari and it was so awesome.
The clinic is still great too..however I had a little...umm experience with Maggies helper. All the nurses who read this I will tell you about it, there are a lot of interesting stories that you would appreciate. Most of the cases we are seeing are tonsilitis, post maternity complications, malaria, some anthrax cases, GI bleeding, etc. Maggie is so happy that we are there so she can take naps while we run the clinic.
It is very easy to adapt to the way of living in Saikeri. And to be honest, there has never been a time where I have felt unsafe. Well, I take that back...this morning I went to the bathroom when it was still dark out and then all a sudden a pigeon flies right over my head to the point where I screamed outloud. but other than that...never. YOu really are limited with everything...transportation, utensils, etc. It really opens your eyes on how lucky we are. Also, we have met some of Maggie's friends who are wonderful people. In Kenya, you have to poay to go to secondary school, which is about 1400 shillings a year. Then college after that which is more money. So in most cases children do not attend secondary school because they cannot afford it so when they grow up they cannot find a decent job. But how do you find a job without an education? And how do you get an education without money? So the friiends we have met were both sponsored and had the privalage of going and are now in higher standards. So when I get home I would really like to sponsor a child, preferably Mary (my host sister) because she is so smart but Nailante is going to do that so I am thinking about Saruni (the brother)....we will see. I'm just sort of thinking out loud for right now. but it is a possibility.
I hope everyone is well...I am going to be so sad to leave here. Next time it will definately be longer. I am not sure if I will be able to write again, maybe once more since we have safari this weekend and then we leave.
We have a phone here by the way so if you need to get ahold of myself, Nanda (Kelly), or Sima (Katie) you can call this as it is our own personal: +254 0720112171