i only have a limited time here in the cyber cafe, so forgive me if i am short. there is so much to tell anyways and i don’t think that i could properly convey what i have experienced even if i tried.
what a whirlwind it has been these past few days! i feel already like i have been gone a very long time, but that is probably because i didn’t get too much sleep on our flight to dubai. my flight to new york before that was pretty awesome (very short) and i was able to walk around the city during my layover there with some of my team members. NY was beautiful, we ate in this great deli, and it seemed fitting to see the statue of liberty once again before i left the US. we left for dubai after a short while and i began to engage the long time that i had on the plane. after watching plenty of movies that i had available on the flight, we eventually landed and soaked up the IMMACULATE area that we call dubai. the airport alone is like a palace…it reminded me so much of the mines of moria (yes, it was that huge, and it had pillars all over the place to boot!) but a very friendly version of it. my complimentary hotel room was exquisite, and even though i couldn’t sleep much that night, it was still nice to be accomodated like that.
eventually we made it to nairobi, met up with the rest of our team, and then flew to mombasa where i am now. i have seen so much already, and i am anxious to see more. there are people everywhere here, and they are just as much a part of the street as the cars are. the stores on the street are beautiful, though seemingly out of the ordinary. we shopped around for a bit and discovered the best techniques for bartering, we saw the indian ocean, we had coffee in an incredible coffee shop (and the coffee was so so so good! i’ve never truly enjoyed coffee until now), and just walked around to get used to the town a little bit better. my swahili is already improving, and i am very excited to see how well i can communicate by the end of the trip.
times up, but look for more a little later 🙂 we’ll be making connections with the yale students this week and figuring out a bit more about our purpose here in the coming weeks. the food is delectable and the company just as good.
ninafurahi sana kwa sababu bara la afrika ni mzuri!