18.01.18 – Luca

Hello!

I can’t say I’ve ever written an online blog before, however I have spent various hours talking to myself and I feel that may be similar? Haha!

So, without further ado! Our day was due to start at 8:45am where we’d be catching a ride in our little mini-bus into the University of Rongo for breakfast, though, my day started at 4:30am where I was awoken by what I thought to be a GIANT bug in my bed… I don’t think I’ve ever moved so fast, but as you can imagine, it wasn’t a bug, and in fact it was just some pillow sponge which had fallen out of the case… I felt better though when one of my other classmates said the exact same thing had happened to her, and suddenly I felt less embarrassed about being a scaredy-cat, haha.

Fast forward from my ordeal and a bit more sleep (undisrupted by any sponge this time) we got out breakfast! The food is truly phenomenal here, and I haven’t stopped eating. I already know I’m going to miss the food, especially being so motivated by my stomach!

After breakfast, we headed to our first class with our fellow students. Pete gave us a nice reminder that we’re no longer University of Brighton students and University of Kenya students, we’re CM4K and we’re a partnership. Our session was Community Media for Kenya, and we worked within groups and covered a lot of topics. I really enjoy working with others as you learn so much from other people’s perspectives. We also spent time talking about the project in relation to theories, and I know that I personally feel so much more excited (which I didn’t think was possible) now that I have gained a better understanding of what we’ll be doing during our time spent here, working with the other University students.

At lunch, I also found the cutest little bug friend (expect lots of insect updates) who used me as a climbing frame. I’m not sure what type of insect it was, perhaps some type of shield bug?

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All in all, it’s been a great, but very tiring day. I have seen and held many bugs this afternoon, and thankfully not got bitten, however I am probably pushing my luck and don’t want to jinx it! We’re now off to relax for the evening, eat more good food, drink some beer and enjoy the sunshine. For now, have an out of context photo of us all playing What’s The Time Mr Wolf yesterday!

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Luca 😊

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