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Goodbye Kenya

June 8, 2010
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This post is being written in Germany – things were so hectic in the last few days, I didn’t even get around to finishing my blog in Kenya.

As I mentioned in my last post, Maggie and I went from Mombasa for a weekend in Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya. It was absolutely beautiful, a sort of African Venice – no cars, tiny narrow streets, amazing seafood and almost deserted beaches. Our hotel was a stunning 3-storey Swahili house with winding staircases and a rooftop restaurant, although there were a huge amount of mosquitoes there. I really would have liked to spend more time there, but unfortunately time did not permit that – two nights were all I could manage before we had to make the grueling 14 hour bus journey back to Nairobi.

After one more day in Nairobi saying goodbye to everyone and fighting off another (thankfully short) attack of Malaria, it was time to go. As the time has gone by, I have grown more and more attached to Kenya, especially Mombasa, and it was a real wrench to leave this morning. The people I have met and places I have seen there will always stay with me, and I really hope to go back again as soon as I can. Not only was I welcomed by the people I lived with, I was really made to feel part of the community everywhere I went. I come back with my eyes more open than they have ever been and, clichéd though it sounds, so much more appreciative of how lucky I am and how easy my life is.
Thank you to everyone who made my stay in Kenya so amazing (one person in particular, you know who you are), and thank you to all those who read this blog. I hope you enjoyed it.

Asante sana,



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Almost time to say goodbye…

June 2, 2010
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Tomorrow will be my last day in Mombasa. Emotional farewells to children, teachers, friends and my host family await, before Maggie and I head to the island of Lamu for two days of relaxation (which makes it sound like we have both been working hard recently – Maggie has, I haven’t). I have grown sadder by the day to be leaving Mombasa. There are even times when I think I could live in this city, although there are others when certain things, such as the power cuts and lunatic drivers, which make me change my mind. Let’s see how much I miss it when I am back in Germany!

My colleague Emily and her husband have found a plot of land to build a new school on. This is a very exciting development, and I am now going to try to raise some cash for them to buy the land, after which things should move quite quickly – finding the land was always going to be the trickiest part.

Anyway, I should be able to write one more time before flying home.

Bye for now.

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I am going to Kenya for nearly three months to volunteer as a teacher for underprivileged children. This blog will be about my experiences and thoughts while I am there. Happy reading!