Last week in Kenya

Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Let me just start by saying that we witnessed nature in its finest!  During safari today we were watching a lion eat it's kill when all a sudden our driver, Joseph, starts booking it in the other directions.  When all of us were thinking "no, let's keep watching" we get to 2 more lions...about ready to prance.  And let me tell you, seeing a lion and a lioness make a kill on a wildebeest from literally 20 feet away was unbelievable.  And, I managed to get it on video while just holding my camera out there because I wanted to see this firsthand.  After they made the kill we then were about 10 feet away while they ate it....amazing.  Other than that the safari is so incredible.  We've seen animals from giraffes to lions to elephants to zebras to warthogs to hippos and crocs to hyenas and many more.  AND we finally got hot showers at our campsite....and going 2 1/2 weeks without a hot shower felt veeery nice.  We are currently in Nakuru, Kenya and will be going to the Lake Nakuru national reserve tomorrow before heading back to Nairobi and catching our flight. 

But before the unbelievable safari, the last week and the clinic and at "home" has been great.  On sunday night the 4 nurses all made american food for our host families and they LOVED it.  we made chilli, garlic bread, had cheese and crackers, and seasoned veggies.  On tuesday in the clinic we had over 52 patients and it was hectic allllll day.  It is crazy how easily adapted we've become to just treating, diagnosing and prescribing medicine.  I will miss the clinic so much and my nini Maggie.  She is truly amazing.  However, on tuesday in the middle of the chaos, we got very tragic news that my roomates sister had passed unexpectadly.  So our "party" that night was a little different than expected.  She is doing ok and will fly home to australia and then back to Kenya to finish. 

Then Wednesday (our last day) was one of the hardest days I think I've had to face because we had to say goodbye to everyone.  Really I did not think it would be this hard but in the past 2 weeks they really became family and it's crazy to think that I probably wont' see them all again.  There were lots of tears shed by our host moms and I balled like a baby.  And this just so happened to happen when all the new volutneers came in haha.  So if anyone is considering doing this, it is completely worth and very life changing.

I'm very sad to leave Kenya but am excited to see everyone when I get home! 

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