The Chronicles of RUSH … part 1

Off to RUSH, Kakamega, Kenya

Bright eyed prior to the overnight flight to Nairobi

Well what a lot feels like it has happened since last I wrote!

We set off for Kenya and the RUSH project last night. The picture here is of one half of the party. A sense of optimism and up for it prevailed.

Then we hit the airport and discovered how far out our scales at home had been. There was manic weighing of cases, re-distributing of stuff and a few things had to be sent back. We went with upwards of 1/2 ton of luggage between the 11 of us – most of it destined for RUSH!

Queuing was manic – the luggage belt was broken and the queue seemed to stretch on and on without moving.

We eventually fought our way through and on to the plane (a bit of a panic by some that Rosie, Harvey, Sally and Joel couldn’t be found – but they arrived with plenty of time to spare).

Then there was the overnight flight – nuff said. Merely to note not a lot of sleep was had!!

So we arrived triumpant in Nairobi – early – at 8.40 local time (5.40 UK time).

Arrival in Nairobi on way to kakamega

Arrival of the intrepid team!

We found all our luggage and had a lovely welcome by our lovely hosts Andrew and Lucy who run RUSH.

Our next task was to get it into the mini bus! Harvey, Rosie, Ben, Sally, Joel and Lucy were flying straight on to Kakamega whilst the rest of us take the driving route (via Lake Nakuru and a day going on safari!).

Joan in crammed bus

Joan crammed into the bus

The bus and the drive were interesting! The luggage had to be stuffed into every crevis of the bus to fit in – as were the people!

Our bus driver can only be described as an interesting driver. It always helps your prayer life to have an interesting bus driver. I especially liked how he overtook uphill in 4th gear with a bend or brow well in sight.

There were some amazing views and sights on our trip to Lake Nakuru. The number of small churches – miracle mission or similarly named. The scenery – the Rift valley, the uplands, the shanty towns with their brightly coloured rows of shops. Or the hotel next to the hospital – what was that saying to us! We even saw our first zebra! Very exciting!!

I’ll upload a gallery of pictures hopefully in a little while to give you a flavour.

So one group has now made it to kakamega and the rest of us are in various states of collapse at Gracelands hotel – either in the pool or sleeping.

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7 comments on “The Chronicles of RUSH … part 1

  1. Nig
    February 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Yay

    made it safely

    look forward to more exhausted ramblings

  2. George
    February 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    It’s so good to read about what’s happening – and to see the photos. Thanks you. Love to everyone – and please tell Jacqueline that all is well here!

  3. Jean
    February 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    In the pool, sleeping OR BLOGGING! Love to all. We read parts if Joan’s letter during our ‘story time’ today. Looking forward to more. Please ask Paul if he can nip back to service the car before my trip next week. X

  4. Will Cookson
    February 14, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    Thanks for the good wishes.

    Will happily tell jacqueline – he is currently having breakfast. We all slept pretty well – not sure about the Kakamega end!

    We are off on safari today – we are having the holiday at the beginning of our trip rather than the end!

    Do pray for Ben. He seems to have a reaction to the malaria tablets and feel unwell. The doctor has seen him and he is ok but he is feeling weak. If anyone picks up this comment from church cold you check that its pu dow the prayer chain. Thanks

    Hope to do a post this evening.

  5. nig
    February 14, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Enjoy your holiday holiday. look forward to next blog post.

    will send Ben’s plight down the prayer chain at 9am UK [7am at present] Please assure him of our best, and prayers with you all

  6. Janet
    February 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    I’m reading this now on the 21st – am reacting to the comment about the interesting bus driver. Well, driving/being a passenger in Kenya is no joke if my experiences of over 40 years ago are anything to go by. And 20 years ago I was back in Kenya for 5 years – the car population had exploded and the roads had deteriorated etc. But to comment about the driving – if possible do more than pray – maybe urge a bit of restraint and common sense for the drivers.
    Now I read in a later blog about the bus accident. Extra caution. The vehicles themselves are not necessarily in good repair.

    Meanwhile, enjoy the Tusker beer – a very familiar reminder of our wonderful years in Kenya.

    • Will Cookson
      February 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

      Janet, You are absolutely right. It was our first day – in fact our host did remonstrate with him to drive more carefully – but it did very little. Must admit now I would be telling him to slow down in no uncertain terms!

      In terms of the bus accident the police are involved and therefore I can’t say everything that I have heard.

      Jacqueline told me that you spent years in Kenya. Although its a shock to the system we are very much enjoying being here and the people are an absolute delight.

      Best wishes

      Will

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