19.01.2018 – Luca

This morning we were being picked up at 8:45am again, I set my alarms nice and early (early for a student that is) and started to get ready. I was quite tired, and me being me I managed to fall over (in style) on my way out of my bedroom, whoops – at least it was comical for everyone who saw. It was very funny and I now have a little scrape that is now a nice memorabilia, haha. After that, on the way to the mini-bus I saw a Praying Mantis! I adore all of the wildlife out here, so it made me really happy to see such a beautiful little insect. I really wanted to pick it up… But I managed to resist the urge somehow! Just look at this precious little face:

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After we hopped on the famous mini-bus, arrived at the university and ate some (amazing) breakfast we spent some time relaxing in the sunshine whilst waiting for members of the Cham gi Wadu community to arrive. Once they arrived, the CM4K team each took a moment to greet and introduce ourselves. It’s so nice to meet the community that we’ll be working so closely with during our time here. After introductions, we then had an informal discussion where the community updated us on progression from their end, and Peter then answered questions relating to this. After the discussion, we then had a question and answer session within our groups which really racked our brains! Despite the challenge, we all received a diversity of answers and all learnt a lot – it was brilliant to hear first-hand responses and it was a very insightful exercise. We had originally planned that after lunch, we’d go out in our groups and practice geo-mapping in preparation for the real thing next week, but unfortunately, we could not get an internet connection and without it, made the task impossible as internet is required. Nevertheless, it was a good reminder that just because things do not always go to plan, we can work together and face these challenges. We plan to retry on Monday after having the weekend to discuss and plan a solution, please keep all of your fingers and toes crossed for us! Here’s a little snap of my group:

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll catch you next week.

– Luca

P(oo).s. Movements are all normal, if not better from all of the healthy food we’ve been eating. 😉

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