So, this past weekend was such an amazing experience!! I know I have said that about everything that has happened here but honestly, it has all been some of the most amazing experiences I could have ever imagined. On safari, we saw giraffes, elephants, zebra, buffalo, wildebeast, gazelle, lions, cheetah, leopard, rhino, hippos, warthogs, hyenas, a ton of cool birds, and many more! Our guides taught us about the BIG 5, which are supposedly the 5 animals that are the hardest and best to see and you are considered to have a very successful safari if you get to see all of them. The BIG 5 are the rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, and elephant, and we saw ALL of them!!!! We didn’t think we were going to get to see a rhino because there are very few here. The president of Tanzania was staying in the Serengeti at the same time we were because they just transported 6 new rhinos from South Africa to the Serengeti and it was this huge event. But we didnt think we were going to see any because they hadn’t released the 6 new ones yet. So anyways, we were all really excited because our guides told us we got SUPER lucky to get to experience seeing and watching all 5 of the special animals!
Then…something really funny and kind of scary happened to me. We stopped for lunch at this hippo pool and were eating our boxed lunches on top of the jeeps. The guides had told us to either stay inside of the jeep while we ate or hang on real tight to our food if we were going to eat outside because the birds would come down and try to grab it from us. I didn’t take them very seriously. So as I’m taking a bite of chicken, this HUGE eagle comes down and snatches my entire chicken right out of my hand!! It was so scary cause there were like wings all in my face and I already hate birds to begin with! It was really funny though. So all in all, this past weekend was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had and I will never forget it.
Today was my last day at the Lutheran school I’ve been teaching at and it was really sad to say my goodbyes! We are teaching at a different school this week because the kids in the primary school at Lutheran are taking exams and testing all week so we would just be like proctoring tests. So it was really tough to say goodbye especially to my teacher i’ve been working with, Martha, because I really grew to love her over the past few weeks. I will be missing her very much in the states, but we exchanged email addresses and hopefully we will keep in touch.
I cant believe I leave to come home in like 3 days..that is crazy. I am really going to miss it here in this amazing place but I am ready to see everyone at home at the same time. I already have an ongoing list in my journal of things I can’t wait to eat & drink when I get home. I am sending my mom a list in a few days so she can have the fridge and pantry stocked when i get home! I have never craved a REAL diet coke more in my entire life!! (here they have coke lite..and its quite different).
Tomorrow, I am going to another orphanage in the morning at 9. I am excited because this is a different orphanage than the first one we went to and they have mostly babies instead of toddlers. I think it will be really difficult to experience, seeing that these babies don’t have any parents to care for them, but I’m excited to get to play with them and provide service for the people that run the orphanage.
I am going to make the most of the next few days here and just enjoy every last minute in this amazing country. Man, am I going to miss it.