Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
20Trip End Nov 25, 2006
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K, sleep in Awasi was like magic. Woke up and had a great day - went to Jack's sister in law's house, met Jack's mom briefly, made some baby freak out and scream at the top of it's lungs, ate a lot of fried dough and white bread, went on a tour of a sugar factory, went to an amazing school, ate a big feast with Jack's sister in law's kids and then went to bed. The most significant part of the day was going into the school. We had just been walking down the street and they waved us over. So we went in and got to go into every classroom and say hello and each time, they would all stand up and say in unison, "Good Afternoon Our Visitors". Kind of eerie, but really cute! They had kids stand up and recite us poems, and then all the kids got to gather outside and they did an amazing song and dance routine with grass skirts and drums. It was really beautiful, and an amazing experience for all of us.
The car was still not fixed. So, the next day, Jack, John, PJ and I took a mini bus (matatu), to get to the next town, after spending some time with the "Father" at the church, who runs the water project and thought we were environmental consultants and so wanted us to advise him on their pumps and water transport methods. We were in a bit over our heads. It was kind of neat though.
Next stop was Kisumu, a little city right on the edge of Lake Victoria. We replenished our thirsting lips, and then set off on a little tour by bicycle taxi. Soooo much fun. Imagine a padded rat trap with a little handle under the seat to hold on to. And little frills coming off of the rat trap cushion, and very colourful. And feet rests. And there you have a bicycle taxi. Scary at first. But not for long. They took us to these little canoe like things on the edge of the lake and we decided to go out for a quick look for Hippos. Sure enough we found some, but only really got to see their heads. Still neat.
So, we left Kisumu nice and early so as not to end up driving in the dark at all. Apparently there was an hour of good road and then an hour of bad road to get to Jack's family's home, where we were headed for the night.
K, now I'm doing a poll.... how many people think that we actually make it during daylight hours?? This may or may not be a trick question. But really, we left really early this time, because every other day we had ended up driving in the dark, which is a bad idea. So, do we make it, or do we not make it? Voting is now open!