Saturday, August 1, 2009

First Day In Kenya

Visiting the glass village today was surreal. The highly decorated glass huts, various farm animals, and suspension bridge were something straight out of a fantasy tale. I especially enjoyed seeing the camel and feeding it carrots.
Madeleine Hicks

We had a great time today at the glass village. After a hike through a canyon (which involved some quick maneuvering around branches and caves), we walked over a large suspension bridge and arrived just in time to watch a fabulous demonstration of glassblowing. We also got to visit and feed three camels and an ostrich.
Virginia Walsh

After hiking through a gorge next to the national park, we arrived at a suspension bridge to the glass village. We watched a glass blowing demonstration and saw the farm, even the ostriches and camels.
Julia May

Hiking through the canyon was an exciting and sudden culture shock; I’m very pleased to have successfully scaled the rocks without injury so far, and going across the suspension bridge was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. It was also really cool to see a camel up close, we really hit it off.
Hannah Kessler

Today I faced my fear of heights. To get to the bottle factory we had to walk across a metal suspension bridge above a river that was many feet below and it was both exhilarating and scary. At the glass factory we watched a glass blower make a bowl, and we were allowed to pet the camels that lived there.
Coco Paul-Henriot

The day started off with a treacherous hike through a piranha and croc infested gorge. I narrowly avoided deadly snakes and smashing my camera against jagged rocks with my cat like reflexes. That was all very well and good but my favorite part of the day by far was visiting the glass factory only to be kissed by a rather charming camel!
Sidney Wood

After a day of traveling, it was really nice to arrive at the Masai Lodge and relax for the remainder of the night. This morning started off with a walk to a glass factory across an incredible suspension bridge (it bounced and waved while you walked). The factory was truly amazing seeing as almost everything in the village was partially made of glass. I can’t wait to see what these next few weeks will bring.
Maddi Bruce

Today I picked up a heart-shaped root on our trek through the gorge which serves as the border between the Masai land and the Nairobi national park. Our guide later told me it was very poisonous for both humans and animals to eat. We’ve picked up some Swahili since we’ve been here: basic greetings like jambo (hello), sopa (hello spoken by the Masai), epa (response to sopa), habari (how are you), etc. We’ve also been learning a few things about the Masai warriors who guard us at night. Each Masai boy must kill a lion using a spear, knife, or bow & arrow to become a full Masai warrior. The lion is the hardest and most dangerous animal to hunt in Africa, closely followed by the Buffalo. Cheetah and leopards are easy to kill in comparison, one of the Masai warriors told us who was sitting at my table last night. He had killed a lion with two other warriors. We know we’re well guarded at night.
-Casey Conway

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