It’s been a good two months since I’ve written a blog and with good reason! Peace Corps has some pretty strict travel and vacation policies in Kenya and I did a few things going against them so now I want to tell you about them that I have an “R” for returned in front of my PCV title.
First, my boyfriend’s friend Scott came out to visit in May. Having friends and family come visit is a highlight in anyone service cause you get to share what your life is like or atleast take them on all the awesome touristy stuff there is to do here. The boys went off to successfully summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and then I met them for a safari in the Masaai Mara.
I am sooooo glad we got to do this!!!! I had been on two game drives at Amboseli national park as a trainee and done a bike safari at Hell’s Gate national park but the Mara is the mother of all of Kenya’s parks. I thought it was truly incredible! Since it’s been a few months I’m a little fuzzy on the details but we did about three days worth of game drives and saw all of the big five with the exception of the elusive leopard.
I thought the entire safari was incredible and I’m so happy I got to do it but probably the highlight was that we got to see two seperate lion hunts and one kill. First we saw a pride of lionesses track and encircle a zebra but it got away before they could attack. Then shortly after we saw another pride isolate a buffalo from the herd encircling it and then killing it. It was truly one of the most sad, gruesome and awesome things I have ever seen. Another buffalo tried to defend the injured one but it was too late. We actually drove back the next morning and the carcass was almost nothing but bones that a few cubs were nibling on and quickly after we got there the lionesses dragged the body away to a more hidden location.
About a month after I went to the Mara for the safari I headed one last time to Kenya’s beautiful coast once again without asking for vacation from the boss man. This time it was because my boyfriend finished his service June 28 and we wanted to spend some time together before he left. I went to a small celebration his organization had for him in his village and then we headed to the other side of the country to the beach!
We relaxed, ate seafood and said our goodbyes until we see each other in America.
After Henry left I didn’t do too many more sneaky things but I only had a few weeks left myself. I sold most of my worldly possessions to people in my village and said a few goodbyes of my own. I worked with my site mate to host a World Malaria day soccer tournament, and do 3 different solar cooker demonstrations. My goal was to sell solar cookers that Peace Corps donated to me in order to fund painting a world map mural at the girls secondary school in my village. Before I left we sold a few so I’m hoping she will continue the efforts to do the project!
Leaving Kenya was a whirlwind of paperwork but on July 17th I successfully completed my service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya! Look for one more blog post from me reflecting on my service.