This past weekend we had our Midterm Retreat for FSD, the organization I have been working for. We left Thursday morning and returned Sunday afternoon. It was great to have a vacation after having worked for 5 weeks and especially exciting to see a different part of Kenya. We drove to Naivasha in matatus, which was about 6 hours away from Kakamega. We camped on the shore of a lake in tents at a place called Fisherman’s. The first night I arrived I had my first real hamburger since being in Kenya which was delicious! In our campsite there were 2 different kinds of monkeys and lots of colorful birds.
During my first full day in Naivasha I went on a bike ride with some of the other interns. Offin, our tour guide took us along a road where we saw giraffes, zebras, baboons, water buffalo, warthogs, gazelles and monkeys. We also stopped by the edge of another lake and ate the best mandazi (fried bread). The other interns went and hiked a mountain, so when we all got back to camp we were all pretty tired. Some of us went into town to look around, but it started raining almost immediately. The roads were flooding, and when we drove back we were driving through almost a foot of water.
On our second day, everyone went on a trip to Crater Lake. We walked through an animal sanctuary and saw more of the same animals that we had seen the previous day very close up! After we walked around the lake, we ate on a floating restaurant (which included dessert, something that is not very common in Kenya!). The view was beautiful and the food was delicious. Afterwards we walked up to the overlook of Crater Lake. It was a great experience to see how different parts of Kenya are (the landscape, the climate, ect).
That night I started feeling sick. I felt really cold and feverish, and I had a headache and my bones ached. After we had our reflection, I went with one of my supervisors to the hospital to test for malaria. Their lab was closed, so we went to a 24 hour clinic where I tested positive for malaria. They gave me medicine which I will have to take for a couple more days. It’s been unpleasant, especially during the ride back to Kakamega, but it’s basically the same thing as having the flu. I had hoped I wouldn’t get sick while being here, but everything is an experience! Even with the malaria, this weekend has been the best one while in Kenya. I’m so glad I got to go on a trip!