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Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja July 26th 2014

Today was Safari day. It started out great. We got up early and had breakfast. Chapatti with eggs (similar to a breakfast burrito. Chapatti reminds me of thick Swedish pancake. It's basically a wheat and water mixture that is fried with some spices. We headed out for the park straight after breakfast around 6:30... Best time to see the Animals. At the entrance we met our guide. His name is Savior. Who knows if that is his real name or just his English version. In my past experiences of traveling many of the people I have met change their birth name to something that is easier for Westerners to pronounce and remember especially when they are involved with a job frequently used by foreigners. Savior was hilarious and he reminded me of Nelson Mandela. He spoke ... read more
Entrance to the Safari Park
Sunrise in the park
Britta, Brittany, Kristi and I on the Safari

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro July 26th 2014

This was written a while ago if you were interested in how the trip went. *** So it's been one week since I've been back from Tanzania. All that training, all that hard work and now I'm sitting back home and trying to remember the feeling while I was there. I told some people to really live in the moment while we were there because I knew how it would feel when I returned, been there done that. Kilimanjaro was an unexplainable accomplishment that you can only understand if you have done it. We met the last of our group in Amsterdam and had a great time searching for Hywel! Everyone targeted single men walking around--too funny. Luckily, I knew what Hywel looked like :) The climate in Tanzania was surprisingly mild in September, not humid. ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Storms River July 25th 2014

Dag 13 Jeffrey's Bay - Tsitsikamma National Parc De Bay Cove Inn ligt duidelijk niet zo rustig als ons vorige verblijf. Rond half negen word ik wakker en hoor dan al de nodige auto' s 🚗🚕🚙 passeren op de hoofdweg Da Gama, van Jeffrey's Bay. Ik ben eigenlijk wel uitgeslapen en sta alvast op. Even wassen en aankleden en dan nog even het blog bijwerken. Daarna kan de rest in ons kleine badkamertje, we moeten nu namelijk met z'n vijven een kamer en badkamer delen, maar dat is geen probleem hoor. Het weer is goed en om kwart voor tien zijn we allemaal klaar voor de uitcheck en rijden we richting het ontbijttentje dat we gisteren gezien hebben. Het is echt super gezellig aangekleed en we kunnen zelf de koffiebonen voor de cappuccino uitkiezen, vandaag dan ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Western » Sekondi-Takoradi July 25th 2014

I now have less than a week left in the Western region of Ghana. I will then be going to primary school where my friend Iddris teaches in the Central Region of Ghana and I will be doing whatever I can to help out there. In the orphanage there are 16 children who Mr Samuel (the founder of the orphanage) provides food for, and they attend a state funded school (primary and junior high school- JHS, depending on their age). DJ (whose real name is Ebenezer) and Isaac are brothers aged 16 and 14 whose father died in a fire and were therefore abandoned, and they have two older brothers in Inchaban (a small town close to where we are staying) and Tema (near to Accra). DJ is hard working, already going through his Senior High ... read more
Left to right: Isaac, Veronica, Cecelia, Aba, Qwacy and at the back is Mary

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 24th 2014

Now that the safari was over, it was time to get back to work, where I would spend the rest of my time in Uganda with the Vets Without Boarders (VWB) goat project. I left off in Entebbe and the following morning Ursula and I would be leaving the rest of the girls to go to Mbarara to work. We planned on taking the bus, but as always, what you plan for here is rarely what you get. I woke up the next day feeling like absolute hell. I'm talking throwing up, chills and sweats, incredible body aches, dizzy and weak. Something had gone seriously wrong in my body, and fast. Ursula and I quickly realized that, given I could barely move, I was in no shape to take the bus. Thank god, Silas was able ... read more
Only a few days old!
How to not keep your goats
One of our super paravets, Janet, and her perfect pen


Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe July 24th 2014

Ok, this will be nice and short because I need to finish packing as I'm off to London, England in a few hours! Alright, so the goat project is finished for everyone, except Jamie and MC who still have three more weeks here. The rest of us would be taking off to Europe for a few days before heading home. Elyse, Megan, Jen and Fey are all heading to Amsterdam, while I'm off to London for the first time. Feel free to message me any tips or things to see while I'm there! The five of us pack our bags, say more sad goodbyes to Jamie and MC, and are off to Entebbe, where we'll spend a couple days before we fly out. After a fairly uneventful drive, other than watching our driver pay off the ... read more
Touching rhinos!

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Jeffreys Bay July 23rd 2014

Om klokslag zes uur wordt er zachtjes (alles om ons verblijf zo aangenaam mogelijk te maken) op onze deuren geklopt, de wake-up call voor onze tweede dag in Lalibela. Om half zeven zitten we met z'n allen weer aan de enorme tafel voor een licht ontbijt. Om 7.00u geeft onze gids Greg het sein voor de tweede gamedrive en we nemen allemaal onze posities in de jeep weer in. Iedereen is voorbereid op de kou en draagt een aantal laagjes over elkaar heen. De dekens worden over de benen heen getrokken en Kevin, Robin en ik (Ingrid) bereiden ons achterin weer voor op een "bumpy ride" We rijden in de ochtenschemering de vlaktes op en komen hier en daar een blesbok, impala of zebra tegen. Ineens krijgt Greg via de radio door dat de andere jeep ... read more

Africa » Botswana July 23rd 2014

A two camera battery day. Highlight after highlight. Boarder crossing from Zambia to Botswanas. Amazing to see thee trucks lined up on both sides of the river waiting for the ferry to take them across One of the ferries is currently out of orderit can take 3 days or more to cross. We went across by skiff, had our passport stamped, disinfected our shoes in the foot and loth bath and drove to where we joined the cruise of the Chobe river. Saw lots of bird life , elephants, crocodiles, and hippos. They were everywhere. It was fantastic. Back to Chobe lodge for a buffet lunch. After lunch we went on a game drive - very bumpy and dusty . We saw giraffes drinking from the river. Fantastic to see the way they bend over then ... read more

Africa July 23rd 2014

July 22, 2014 I’ve been here for 6 weeks now which is pretty unbelievable. With it being summer and the constant flow of volunteers I’m one of the veteran volunteers now. In about 10 days most of the volunteers who have been here longer than me will be leaving. I’m going to miss my new friends. The best thing about the volunteer house is Mavis. She’s like the house mother; even though she is younger than me. She cooks, cleans, does the laundry, and cooks. I’m sorry to say this mom, but Mavis is the best cook in the world. I can’t wait to get cooking lessons from her. I’m serious when I say I’ve found Superwoman. Mavis does everything for 30 volunteers and still keeps a smile on her face. She also remembers everything about ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Grahamstown July 23rd 2014

Onder al die lakens, dekens en dekbedden is het heerlijk warm, maar om 8.00 is het weer tijd om op te staan. We begeven ons naar de Marmelade room waar de tafel al weer gedekt staat. Onze 🎶lovely🎶 gastvrouw komt ons al snel een goede morgen wensen en vraagt ons of we een 🎶lovely 🎶 dag hebben gehad gisteren. Nou dat hebben we en we zijn klaar voor de volgende 🎶lovely🎶 dag. Aangezien haar zoon de langste zipline van Zuid-Afrika beheert, had ze al eens gevraagd of we geen interesse hadden in een 🎶lovely🎶 ziptochtje. Maar we hebben een dag in Lalibela voor de boeg, dus slaan we dit aanbod vriendelijk af. Ze probeert ons nog vriendelijk, doch dwingend over te halen, maar we houden voet bij stuk. Ze wil nog wel even een 🎶lovely🎶 foto ... read more

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