Month 6, Part I

December exceeded all expectations, it will definitely go down as one of the best holiday seasons I can remember. Most of the month I was away from site at IST, in service training, at a lovely oasis in Naivasha at Crayfish camp. It was a relaxing and reinvigorating 2 weeks of Posh Corps with my fellow PCVs. Hot showers, copious amounts of decadent food, a swimming pool, and adventures!

I’ll start with a funny story… Because of my dinner party the night before departing, I had less time to prepare myself for the trip; as I was packing I realized that skipping laundry was a bad idea because I was nearly out of clean underwear. I packed what I had and knew that I would have to include a laundry day in my two weeks at the camp. After getting my room number, I made my way to the room and what do I find upon first inspection? A name above the door. My room name : underwear. I couldn’t help but laugh at the coincidence of the name, considering my problem I faced just a night before. The end.

The remainder of training proved to be just an entertaining and fun as my underwear story…

The room was nice, I lucked out without a roommate. The camp itself was lush and peaceful. Meals made me full to bursting and the buffet style made it hard not to sneak back for more and twice a day between meals they set out tea.

The camp had other luxury amenities as well. Free WiFi. A big swimming pool, which I got to swim in a couple of times thanks to a sunny break from rain and chill. There was a pub so we didn’t have to leave the grounds to get a drink, even though it was a bit pricier. They offered horseback riding which I took advantage of. It felt good to be in a saddle again. Overall, on our own dime it would have been a pricey getaway, but if you ever want a bit of luxury, I recommend it.

It was also nice to be surrounded by the PCVs I spent so much time training with. Catching up, and just relaxed, hanging out, hakuna matata. I got some media goodies to fill my stocking, which will keep me entertained for quite a while.

The weekends were a blast! The first weekend at camp a small group of us took a bicycle safari at Hells Gate national park. Being so close to the wildlife was incredible. I saw giraffes, vervet monkeys, zebra, baboons, warthogs, cape buffalo, rock hyrax, gazelle, impala, and a variety of birds and reptiles. I even went rock climbing for the first time ever up Pride Rock!
Sunday I took a lazy morning boat safari with another group on the lake and saw many hippos and exotic birds! It was kind of scary being on a tiny boat and so close to hippos, but magical. That afternoon is when I went riding and did a little cantering as well, the saddle wasn’t fit for it, so it was brief, but fun.

The weekend we went home I went with four other volunteers and took a scenic route to Lake Nakuru. We safaried there for the day and it was so breathtakingly beautiful. I don’t even think we experienced it all! Definitely want to go back again. We got lucky and saw two white rhinos and a black rhino, hundreds of flamingo, got up close and personal with a heard of giraffe, and a lone water buck that posed for us. There were even some cape buffalo on the side of the road as we were driving, I could have reached out and touched them. I saw an eagle too, perched near the rhinos, along with zebra, monkeys, bright-colored lizards, and impala.

It really was the perfect way to end a fantastic two-week vacation.

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