Trip Start Mar 18, 2009
11Trip End May 14, 2009
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Mission in Action
Woke up at 5.45am. Left in Ivan's jeep at 6.15am. Destination: Lake Nakuru National Park. Milena and I had been waiting for this for a long time. The entrance fee was $60 for muzungus and there were no student discounts. As we passed through the main gates, the morning sun was rapidly becoming brighter and brighter
After driving through numerous baboons sitting with their red penises sticking out, we reached the muddy shore of the blue and pink Lake Nakuru. Yes, blue and PINK. Hundreds of pink flamingos had formed a pink carpet over the lake, which covered a significant percentage of this placid body of water. I blankly stared at the pink carpet under the early morning sun, for minutes on end.
Drove into the savanna where we saw jumpy antelopes, grazing rhinos, feasting hyenas and giraffes running in slow-mo. The view of the park from the tall Baboon Cliff was spectacular. I couldn't get John Williams's Jurassic Park theme out of my mind...
I ate a banana, 2 slices of toast, a few biscuits and half a protein bar for breakfast on-the-go.
In the middle of the park, there was an air strip for rich safari-lovers. I wonder how they clear the animals before a charter plane lands...
When we reached the Southeastern corner of the Lake, we noticed 3 giraffes running in single file
I should have bought that long lens at Yalcinlar (Turkish chain of photography stores)... It is essential for wildlife photography.
When we were driving away from the Park after spending more than 3.5 hours there, I realized that this park had gotten me as excited as Angor Wat in Cambodia or Palmyra in Syria had.
Next stop was the Menegai Crater. The only thing that can be said about it is that it was HUGE. However it was far from what the word "crater" had evoked in my mind. There was no water in it, only a dark patch of lava remains, and the surrounding nature was bland.
In life, one has to enjoy as many things as possible
In town, we had lunch at an Ethiopian restaurant right across from the Merica Hotel. Although the building was well-maintained, the food was below average. No wonder why it wasn't included in the Lonely Planet...
Michael the Cab Driver brought us back to Mission in Action (the name of Ivan's orphanage). Milena and I spent a good portion of the early evening transferring photos into each other's memory devices.
For dinner, we had instant noodles and buns with marmite (an Australian vegetable-based spread). As we were eating, Martha, one of the managers of Mission in Action, was explaining the developments of the day. A crazy mother was planning to sue the Mission for taking away her child. However, Ivan had all the required legal documents.
Internet was down and I was exhausted. Couldn't understand half of Churchill Live (a Saturday Night Live equivalent), as the guy kept switching between English and Swahili.
I believe we will bump into the Rescue Team sometime within the next few days. When we do, I will mock them hard, and Naomi will not be spared.