Published: July 11th 2007July 11th 2007
It's the final countdown... Last weekend, as a special treat, I stayed overnight at the orphanage with the kids. They absolutely loved it and even gave me my own bed (quite a few of them sleep on mattresses on the floor). We were served dinner of ugali and vegetables and we all ate the traditional Swhaili way - with our fingers! I brought along popcorn and biscuits for pudding which they all gratefully finished off with no hesitation! After a bit of tv watching and clearing up we all went into the corridor where some of the kids sang worship songs and the rest of us danced! Then there was a prayer time where everyone had a private few moments to pray. It was bed time by 9:45pm! Breakfast was at 7am though so I soon appreciated the early night! Chai tea and slices of bread were served and soon the children had their Saturday school so I left them to it and headed off to Whitesands - a 5* hotel that I stayed in that night as a treat for me! The food, hot shower, comfy bed and air conditioning made Saturday night something to remember - and it
all cost only GBP45! Unfortuantely I woke up on Monday morning feeling feverish and with a sore throat so I stayed home and Tuesday it just got worse. I went to the hospital today and it turns out I've got a nasty throat infection that made my lymph nodes swell up and gave me a helluva fever - when they measured at the hospital, my body temperature was 2C hotter than it should be! I've got some antibiotics and an amazing ibuprofen-paracetemol combo pack that should have me back to 100% in 5 days time - just in time for the gorilla trekking!
It's my last day at New Hope tomorrow then I fly out of Mombasa Friday morning, meeting my safari crew Friday evening in Entebbe and start the overland first thing on Saturday. I doubt there will be many/any opportunities to access the internet while on the tour so this is probably my final entry!
Thank you to everyone who has read it, emailed me, commented, etc, etc. It means so much to me to know that people back home are interested and care about what I'm doing. I hope you've all enjoyed it! Kwa heri, and I'll
see you all in 4 weeks time!
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