11.06.2009 29 °C
Jambo everyone! Right, a lot has happened since I last wote, but I don't have my diary so worry if I forget bits! Right now I am in Mombasa, we are all doing a bit of travelling for our last full week before everyone goes home, but obv I have 2 months of travelling, so will be hitting a beach for a week, cos apparently Rocky is really brown and he is still in England!!! Emily and I are spending a night in a hotel here, then getting a bus to Watamu tomorrow mornign, and I will spend the week there while she goes to Lamu for a bit. It's wierd being in a big city after 10 weeks of little villages, but we got used to it pretty quickly.
So what has happened?? Well it was my birthday on Monday! That was a bit surreal, we were in a banda with no electricity or running water, halfway up a mountain. Spent the day whitewashing toilets as well, so not quite how I imained spending my 19th but I really enjoyed myself! Everyone spoiled my as much as they coudl. I was given a kitkat as a present (a rare and joyous event!!) and we had a tea party with pancakes in the afternoon. It was really nice, then spoke to Mum, Tom and Rocky in the evening which just ended a lovely day. Felt a bit wierd not spending it with the girlies, first time in years, but I'm sure we will make up for it in 2 months time!
I climbed a mountain as well. Last Saturday we got up at 5 in the morning, and then spent 8 hours going up and then down a 1640m mountain (that's taller than Ben Nevis!!) which was really hard work and we suffered the rest of the week. I have never climber a mountin before so I am proud. It was surprisingly fun though, cos the last 20 mins was really steep but rainforest, so seriously muddy, and you had grip climbing up, we had to pull ourselves up using roots and things. Then on the way down it was just a proper mudslide, we were all filthy! Got home shattered, yet Boz and Rich still managed to go again yesterday morning, they did it in less that 3 hours up and down which is amazing!!
The banda we stayed in was run by the community which is a great idea, there are 2 rooms- tiny!- and a main living/kitchen area. We got to cook ourselves when we wanted, but a lady came to make lunch and supper. Spent the week living off spagetti with potato soup and eggs, so avoiding them for a while! Never wanna look at spagetti again!!! We had the most AMAZING view, miles of flat land then random mountains appearing from nothing. When it was a good evening we had a beautiful sunset and could see Mount Killimanjaro. Got a photo which I will put up when I can. Work wise we are in the local school, about a 30 min walk down the mountain (I have bad a bad foot all week, so for this to be the week when we walk EVERYWHERE it has got worse! Was hobbling the whole time!) It was built by BT 2 years ago, and is the nicest school we have seen since we arrived. There are only 200 pupils and it was just really nice and clean, with a library and everything. We were whitewashing some new toliet blocks, and then cementing others. We were hoping to do some teaching, but it never really got arranged. It's probably my one complaint about this trip, I thought there would be a lot of teaching and we haven't really done any, and when we have it was cos we made them organise it, it kinda feels like teaching isn't actually part of the package which is a shame. Oh well....
Well gotta dash cos I have been on the internet for almost 2 hours and Emily and I need some lunch! Things that need to be said... Well done Tom on getting a 2:1 at Uni (he thinks!) and good luck finding a job, good luck dad at the new job, hope everyone at home is better! Hope all the exams are going well, you will all have done great I know it! Also, can't believe everyone here goes home in 2 weeks and then Rocky will be here, how crazy is that?!?! Argh it has gone so quickly, I am now halfway through so it is all downhill from here! Haha.
Lots of love and miss you all