The month of solitude is


Officially over!  Even though my excitement is bubbling through every single one of my pores, I'm a tad bit sad to be leaving Oltepesi behind. 

I've learned so much about my culture, language and even myself here and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have if I had never jumped on this mini adventure. 

From going on my daily 2 mile run with gazelles, ostriches and giraffes, to meeting a soon to be ordanained priest, I must say this trip has been quite eye opening. 

Here's just a few of the things I've learned. 1. When Obama is about to visit, the whole country talks about it for months before and months after the visit. 

2. If you stay awake late enough, you will hear the growls and yelps of the hyenas so close to your window that you might actually pee yourself from fear.

3. Pick up astronomy as a hobby and move here. You can see the Milky Way so clearly that you'll feel like you can reach out and pluck a star from the sky.

4. Although the Maasai language is poetic, the overwhelming consensus is that Maasai men are far from romantic. My mom told us a story of a woman whose husband calls her "osikria kitii Lai " meaning "my little donkey". Hehe If that's not romantic, I don't know what is! (Sarcasm)

5. If you are deathly afraid of insects, this might not be the place for you. I swear between the  spiders that look like a mix between a frog, cricket and tarantula, and the spy worthy stealth skills they possess, I probably almost died atleast 10 times from absolute fear!  Buuut. It's good to know my flight or fight response is in tip top shape! 

Anyways here are a few shots from the last week!