Kwa Falls

Trip Start Aug 26, 2006
Trip End Feb 28, 2007

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Friday, December 1, 2006

We leave Calabar next week and I have to say I think I will miss it more than anywhere else! We need to do a few things in Abuja for four days (the journey there will take approx 13 hours by bus o yay...) before flying to London.

Everything is fast and mad as usual. Got a bit too mad for my liking last week - my work supervisor was in a car crash last weekend and has been in hospital since. He's ok but has a broken arm - he was in a coma for a couple of days. One of the passengers in the car died. His car tried to overtake in the dark, swerved to avoid hitting another car, drove into a parked car and somersaulted twice. I cannot explain how mad the driving is here - I see accidents happen pretty much every day, and Calabar is supposed to be the quietest place in Nigeria!

Got ill for the first time last Wednesday - I think it was palm wine I drank a couple of days before. Am fine now but felt terrible for two days.

We went to a place called Kwa Falls on Saturday which is just outside Calabar. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. In fact, it made me realise how bad the impression we get of Nigeria is in the UK. Before I came, all the info focussed on corruption and the danger of Nigeria but Calabar is not at all like that. It's a bit like the West Country of Nigeria! The best way to describe Kwa Falls is as a lake with a stream running through it (Danny - you'd love it). The place was so lovely - completely natural and green. We swam in the lake which was very interesting and definitely something I hadn't thought I'd do here. In one place, the current was at such an angle that we could swim into it and be taken round and round in circles. We very nearly lost one of the British volunteers - Cristina. We were exploring a rock on the other side of the lake and she decided to swim back to the other side. She got caught in the current and literally zoomed down the river, into the white water area, through a mass of big, sharp rocks and downstream. We honestly thought that was the last time we'd see her again - it was so nervewracking. Luckily, she was unhurt - we don't know how she managed to avoid hitting the rocks. We continued our swimming for about an hour and then saw a snake in the water! It was bright green and was swimming with its head above the water towards us. Must've been quite funny seeing 10 people run out of the water as quickly as we did. We thought it was after Tega but it swam up onto a rock and hid so we think it was probably more scared of us than we were of it. We saw another snake - same colour - later on but it stayed away from us. I have to say that this was one of the lovliest days I've ever had (aside from Cristina's near-death experience and the snakes) and we ended it by going to a place called Atimbo to drink Palm wine (again - but I felt fine this time) and to eat bushmeat. This is basically any animal caught in the bush - usually antelope or grasscutter which is just like an oversized guinea pig. They taste delicious -like chicken.

It's quite sad at home now as my host mum left to go to Law school this morning so we won't see her again. Although my Auntie Glory is physically getting better, she seems to have really changed over the past two weeks. We barely see her and she never seems to talk to us.

So, that's the news from me for the last week. Thanks for letting me know how you're all getting on. I hope some of you can come and visit me on the 9th in London.
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