Can’t believe i’m actually here! Flight was good and Andrew was there to meet us Kisumu Airport.
Road has been rebuilt since February, so a relatively smooth drive back to Andrew and Lucy’s house! Realized as we crossed the equator that I’ve never been this far south! (simple things please simple minds!) We literally dropped our bags at the house – had some hot mandazi (home made doughnuts) and a glass of Sprite (think my diets out the window!) and rushed off to the RUSH academy. Amazing school – really developed over the eight years – Joan is always struck by ‘seeing something from nothing’. Each class stood in turn and sung to us – the kids are brilliant, so happy…….definitely more trips back there this week.
Talking of struck – we then had to run for cover as the most enormous fork-lightning storm passed over! By the time we got home it was dark – and stayed that way all night as we had a power-out! Rosie – the advice to bring a head torch was brilliant! Trying to go to the loo (fortunately one that flushes, not the long drop outside!), get my mosquito net around my bed and find my PJ’s would have been very interesting – its pitch black!! Andrew and Lucy have been amazing, giving up their house for us guests – especially as they are so busy preparing for tomorrow’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
Everyone went to bed really early, so without any else to do in the dark, I went to bed too. Now – tell me they are squirrels running around over my head!!! I just kept saying to myself ‘squirrels, they are squirrels……….’ (thanks to the bluffers guide for small snippits of advice!).
This morning we ‘had a shower’ in our 2 inch bucket of water! Took quite a long walk to the RUSH women’s project (they have closed Joan’s short cut!) where they are rehearsing for tomorrow too. Saw the new beds, mattresses and sewing machines being delivered, ready for distribution at the anniversary. Have seen the carpentry school, the tailoring school, the choir, the IT ‘suite’, the chickens that our cell helped to purchase (well 3rd generation chickens anyway)……..only been here 24 hours!
Apologies for lack of photos………I’ll prepare myself better next time……..there is just such a lot to take in………everyone is so friendly but it is soooooo different to anything I’ve experienced before………..
‘Speak’ again soon.
Byeeeeeeee Wendy xx