Long time no entry

Trip Start Jan 09, 2011
Trip End Dec 04, 2011

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Jeffs house, Fishermans camp, some hotel in Stone town Zanibar, huts on the beach

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

So I suck for not writing a blog entry since spring break. I have done a lot! For spring break I took a bus up to Nairobi and stayed with our advisors brother Jeff in an area of the city called Kibera where they both grew up. Kibera is a large slum of about one million people, it looks a lot like some parts of Dar I have be too, just a little more packed together. In Kibera Ken has a NGO(Children of Kibera) and Jeff works for it there. It's a big program and they have their own office in the area. I felt really lucky for having the opportunity to stay in a place that I wouldn't really be able to otherwise.

In Nairobi I had a good time walking around the city and seeing everything. The buses there are nicer than Dar, and everyone speaks next to flawless English(almost forgot all my swahili). I even met the ambassador to Botswana in one of the malls in the area, it was a good few days. Elliot showed up from Uganda about 5 days into the break and we took a matatu(bus) from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha. The lake was beautiful but it rained pretty hard and were just staying in a tent we rented from this camp. We tried patching the tent up with some medical tape and python glue to no avail. 

Disregarding the rain, the lake was breathtaking, it was massive, and you could see hippos swimming during the day. Our tent was right next to water too, so at night when the hippos were grazing we tried to go take a look at them(the people who owned the camp have an electric fence up to stop hippos from eating people, so it's safe). Our only problem was the only flashlight we had was the one on my phone; that might of been a good thing though because I heard flashlights make hippos furious, and since they can open their mouths to about my height, I was chill with just seeing their shadow. 

The next morning we went to hells gate national park and I saw every non-hostile animal that I have ever colored in a coloring book(even a few I haven't!). I would of taken pictures but I left my camera on accident with friends in Nairobi, so once again I am a horrible journalist. Just trust me that I saw a bunch of zebras and went giraffe tracking. We also went on a guided hike with a Massi outside the park into the Massi lands. He let us know we were in the same area were they shot Tomb Raider. Tomb raider is a good video game, and a bad Angelina Jolie movie.  It was still cool to be in the place where they shot it though. The landscape was incredible, it was easily the best day hike I've ever been on. Totally different than the sierras I'm used to.

So that covers up till about 20 days ago. Since then I've had classes and a lot more work to do, things have picked up to the pace that makes me wonder where all the time is going, and working at Dira has been amazing. My English lessons have been getting more ridiculous the more comfortable I feel with a chalkboard in front of 100 kids, we did emotions the other day, I made the best faces.

Last weekend we went to Zanzibar for Elliott's 21st birthday, it was pretty memorable(what I can remember). We made a pyramid on the sand and stayed on the north end of the island. The food was delicious and it was a good quick break from Dar. I tried to go gift shopping and further confirmed my assumptions that I am bad with gifts. Hopefully my friends won't kill me. Miss you guys.    
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