A Soap Opera – Day 9-10

The last day of our safari was a feather in our already quite well-decorated cap. In the morning we woke up early and went into the park around 6:00 am. It was quiet and peaceful with a few animals roaming around, but nothing terribly out of the ordinary. Then up ahead on the road we saw some smallish, yellow shapes. Lion cubs! Not just one, but seven of them. Nearby were three watchful lionesses. The whole pride walked slowly down the road and then diverged into the tall grass. We could still see the occasional cubs jump above the tall…

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A Beaded Bracelet – Day 8

Today we woke up early and went on our full day drive in search of animals. Our driver took us a bit further into the park relative to yesterday. We had seen most of the animals on our evening drive, but there were a few special treats in store. We saw a cheetah and a leopard in close succession! Our driver said that they don’t often see leopards, usually only once or twice a year! After this animal sighting we had seen four our of the Big Five: lion, water buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino. The rhinoceros which live in the…

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Maasai Mara – Day 7

Last night we dined at a restaurant in the hotel called “The Spur.” It was furnished with Native American decorations and its logo featured a chief in a headdress. We found this amusing because this sort of restaurant would never fly in California. It violated the laws of political correctness on so many levels, so maybe it would do better in Texas (or Eastern WA for that matter). But we weren’t in the US, we were in Nairobi, Kenya so …. we let it be. We enjoyed ordered buffalo wings and burgers as a nice change from the more traditional…

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Bumpy Roads – Day 4-6

Day 4 Our second day in Kisumu was productive and enlightening. We breakfasted at the Nyanza Club and then hit the road. Since there were seven people in our group we split between two large-ish vehicles capable of handling the roads in this region. The car trips were fun because there was so much to take in along the way. Kisumu City was a entangled, busy maze of roads and buildings. Once we got 10-15 minutes outside of the city the tall buildings disappeared. Everywhere there were people walking, going about their business for the day. I was constantly reminded of…

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Bar Korumba – Day 3

[Pictures coming soon once I have better wifi] We were picked up early in the morning by Fredrick Mango, the RainCatcher country lead in Kenya. We drove in two cars to the Nyanza Club which is hotel where we would be staying for a few days. The car ride itself was a memorable experience. I firmly believe that there are only two traffic laws in Kenya: Stay generally on the left side of the road Don’t kill anyone We arrived fairly early around 9:00 am. Fortunately I didn’t have a lot of setup to do so I was able to…

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Jambo! – Kenya Days 0-2

Jambo my friend! This is what Kenyans say as a greeting, especially if they are trying to sell you something at the market for tourists. 😛 This probably sounds stereotypical, and it totally is, but it’s been one of my few interactions with Kenyans so far. I will say that they are excellent salespeople. Here we are in Nairobi. It was a long trip to get here. We are here to install some prototypes as the final step in the Harvey Mudd College Global Clinic project. For background, we’ve been working with a non-profit called RainCatcher which raises funds and…

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Hello World

Tonight I made the header to this website in photoshop. It is an image that has been in my mind for almost a year, but I didn’t take the time to create it until tonight. Perhaps this can be a metaphor for many aspirations in life. I want to be a person who makes ideas into reality and doesn’t let important things remain undone. For me, creating this header image was an important thing. It is a piece of art that tells me about beauty, depth, and mystery. What do you think? In the past this little bit of the Internet…

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This is a message

  YOU ARE VALUABLE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO BE LOVED. YOU ARE WORTHY. You are valued by the Creator God. He knows you and loves you more than you can ever know, even when no other human being cares that you exist. You get that just because He made you, and He made you perfectly and for a purpose. You exist to bring glory to God, that’s the highest purpose that there is. Live and walk in that truth. “The gift of God is eternal life” is Christianese for “God is bigger than you and wiser than you.…

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The Great Barrier Reef

The pinnacle of my scuba diving experience in Australia was our trip to the Great Barrier Reef. My family and I lived on a dive boat for 3 days, completing a total of 11 dives including two night dives. The sheer number of dives gave me confidence with my equipment and made me especially grateful for the experience I’d gained in Sydney. I was surprised to learn that over half the people on our boat were new divers, either just certified or becoming certified on the trip. My Advanced Diver Certification was especially handy since the dive leaders trusted me to…

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Day 115-121 – In Which I Take Exams, But That’s Not Important

I bet you’ve been wondering how my exams went since those were probably the most enthralling part of my semester abroad so far! So I got back to Sydney last Thursday at about 11:30 pm and had an exam for HCI the next day at 1:45 pm. I had not prepared for this exam at all before the trip so I drank copious amounts of black tea and stayed up almost all night studying. Wheeeee! It turned out that I probably did not need to resort to such extreme measures since the exam was pretty straightforward. Friday night I went out…

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