Trip Start Jul 13, 2006
55Trip End Jul 06, 2007
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Dr. Ciku Mathenge. We met Ciku in Calgary when she was doing a speaking tour for Operation Eyesight, an organization I volunteer with. She has been a gracious host and has included us in many family activities which has been great. We went out to the family coffee plantation which was amazing. On the way we crossed the equator and had a demonstration by 'Professor Moses' who showed us that water does indeed go down a drain counter clock-wise in the southern hemisphere, clock-wise in the northern and straight down on the equator. Just a few metres from the equator is enough to see this effect.
Not having any significant medical skills (OK... none) we helped out the best we could with eye exams and assisted in the operating theatre on a couple of occasions. I watched Ciku perform cataract surgery on a woman who had ben blind for at least a year
We had a taste of a safari here for one morning at the local game park just on the outskirts of town. Lake Nakuru is famous for its flamingos, but we also saw buffalo, zebra, lions, baboons, hyena and jaunty wart hogs. Chevy was thrilled to see a giraffe, her favourite animal.
The people here don't just smile with their face, but use their whole body. We have been fortunate to make some local friends and after a dinner out my face is sore from smiling and laughing. At dinner one night the stories turned to the crime here. They wouldn't believe that we don't sleep with a gun or at least a bat under our bed at home. One of the men always drives up the lane to his house on the outskirts of town with his hand gun drawn
Having said that... we are staying in a very safe spot with spacious grounds, security guards, a pool and even a squash court.
We are looking forward to our 12 day safari, the most extravagant portion of our year which will start in a few days.