Thank you.

Good evening. 😊

Ah, you thought that you had heard the last from me? Well I am here to say that you have not, muhaha! I have been back in England for an entire week now, and before life gets too hectic, I just wanted to take a moment to say one last, big, GIANT thank you.

Being a part of CM4K has truly been one of the most amazing, life changing experiences that I will forever cherish. This project is phenomenal for so many reasons, and one of those reasons for me has been meeting you all. If this project did not exist, I would have never had the chance to know you, and that thought makes me incredibly sad. Each and every one of you are wonderful, and I see only good things in your futures. I am excited to carry on following the progression of CM4K, to watch it grow, develop, and I hope to be there at the grand opening of the Radio Station – I don’t want to miss it for the world! We have contributed to something amazing, never forget that. Your hard work will never be forgotten.

So once again, thank you all. I hope that I do not have to wait as long as I have to meet you all again. This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you soon!

Luca. 😊

My Last Blog in Kenya – Luca

Hey everyone, it’s just a short one today – and unlike where I usually say it’ll be short and it isn’t, today I promise it will be. This is mainly because it’s a bitter sweet day, everyone is coming together for our final day, and I want to savour my last few moments here at the University surrounded by all the wonderful people we’ve met.

As I didn’t update yesterday due to poor connection, I shall quickly do that now! We had another edit day, so we spent it in the classroom. I quite a bit of spare time as I do not have as much to edit as the other groups (which I do feel quite guilty about). I ended up working on my assignment for this module and just catching up on work, so all in all it was still quite productive. 🙂

It’s now Wednesday, and as I said our final full day at the University. I am unsure when we will be able to get online again – if at all for the rest of the trip. We have the community coming in today, and we’re going to show them the map and all the content we’ve created for it. I really hope they’re happy with what we’ve done! I feel all in all it could be quite an emotional experience!

After lunch, we’re then off to The Treat House to have some goodbye drinks, I’m really quite sad to say goodbye, especially to my little puppy friend Nancy, my heart is breaking! I’d take her home in a heartbeat if I could, she’d be so loved by everyone I just know it. At least I still have my fond memories, I just hope she will be okay, and that people will be kind to her. We’re up bright and early tomorrow too where we’ll be heading off on our safari after a bright and early breakfast, and then it’ll be back to England on Saturday. I am sure that when I get back and when I’ve caught up on life I’ll do a reflection on my whole trip here, I must remind myself to save some for my assignment though. 😛

But once again, thank you for your time. I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about our experiences here as much as we’ve adored being a part of it all. It’s been phenomenal, and I only hope that one day I’ll be able to visit again. But for now, goodbye, it’s been amazing, life-changing, and I’ve met some friends hopefully for life. I’ll update when I arrive back in chilly old Brighton! Be safe everyone, and take care.

Luca. 🙂

29.01.2018 – Luca

Hello everyone!

Ah, Monday – but let’s start on Sunday night. 😊

To continue from the weekend blog, like expected we went to The Treat House Hotel – and we got our chips, yes! Well, to precise I had a Spanish omelette, 2 sausages and a massive plate of chips, one very happy boy here! We spent the afternoon relaxing in the sunshine and catching up with one another, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday. I’m really going to miss all of the friends we’ve made here, it’s a very bittersweet experience. I’m confident that I know I’m going to stay in contact with a few people though, I just wish we weren’t going to be worlds apart from one another. In the evening, I was quite tired so just snuggled up and watched a film, well, some of which I am excited to finish this evening, it’s called – The Passengers.

Today, Monday we had our final day of fieldwork. Below I’ve listed the placed we visited as I usually do on my fieldwork blogs:

Kanyimach Primary School –Kanyimach Primary School was founded in 1926, and is believed to be the oldest Primary School in the Cham gi Wadu region. The school offers academic services from pre-school, to year 8 students and currently has 435 students enrolled (as of January 29th, 2018).


Kanyimach Mixed Secondary School –Kanyimach Mixed Secondary School was first founded under the Kanyimach S.D.A Church in 2016 with 40 pupils. The school is funded by the community, who pay wages to the 8 teachers at the establishment. The school now has 106 students, and hope to be granted government funding.


Kanyimach S.D.A Church – The Kanyimach Seventh Day Adventist Church was founded in 1922, and holds a service every Saturday.


Kogenya Shopping Centre – Kongenya Shopping Centre was named after a prominent village elder who donated the land for construction of the market, it sells various amenities for members of the Lua community.


Speaking of the Kogenya Shopping Centre, I had a really experience with a woman named Rebbeca who I interviewed there. She was curious to know about the Radio Station, so I had Mac translate a conversation between us. She was extremely excited about the Station, and very eager about having a slot, or at least a meeting advertised where she could share her knowledge, wisdom and advise about being a widow to help other women in the same position as her. I was excited about the prospect, as you could really feel her enthusiasm about empowering other women and that’s at the heart of what we’re trying to do here – empower communities and all those within it. It’s definitely something I will be talking to Peter about, in fact, I might do that right now!

Update: Peter was very enthusiastic too, so great news all around! I think that I will do a more in-depth post about my interview with Rebbeca, but for now we are off to have some dinner so I am afraid it will have to wait! I hope everyone has the most wonderful evening, talk soon!

P.S. Thank you Katie for all the brilliant photos today! All credit goes to you. 😛

Luca. 😊

26.01.2018 – Luca

I haven’t got a great deal to report on today I am afraid, but I shall start with last night!

When we arrived back at the accommodation, I spoke with Peter about when I had mentioned in my blog yesterday that I was worried the audio and video groups did not have enough time to edit. He spoke with those involved, and took my point on board so that today we had another day of editing, rather than fieldwork. It is a shame that we couldn’t go out and gather more content, however I think it is incredibly beneficial for us to have this additional edit time and I think that we all agree it is the best decision. The best time to do it is now, as even though it is an option to continue the work when we arrive back in England, the process will be longer as we all have our dissertations, work, and classes – so finding time over the next few months may prove troublesome. Also, it’s really great to be able to work with the Rongo students and receive their feedback.

At the University this morning I met the sweetest little pup, I think I have fallen in love! Angel named her Nancy, and she’s just so adorable. I haven’t seen Mama much, but we are pretty certain it’s one of her puppies. I’m a person that prefers animals over people (haha, I am an introvert at heart), so it’s very therapeutic to have a little downtime and relax with a companion, mind you I already feel sad that I’ll be leaving the dogs next week. Here is the photo of the little angel and I, she was falling asleep as I stroked her head. 🙂


After that, I have just been finishing off my contributions, replying to comments on the discussion board, reading some Key Readings and gathering quotes for the assignment, and catching up with friends on my breaks. Me and Katie were talking earlier and are a bit concerned about our other classmates who couldn’t come to Kenya with us, as none of us have heard from them. I think that we’re going to reach out to them and see how they’re doing, we really do wish they were here but I understand that isn’t always a possibility. Still, I want everyone to do well on this module regardless and I’ll do what I can to help that happen. 🙂

I have found it quite hard to concentrate at times today, I sometimes get a bit of sensory overload and combat that by sticking my headphones in, though because only one of them is working I haven’t been able to do that successfully. But it’s a lot quieter now so it’s easier to concentrate. I think my brain is a bit frazzled though and I am ready for the weekend to rest a bit. As it’s Friday, we’re thinking of getting a few drinks later and Katie is working on another quiz for us, so that’ll be a lot of fun! Hopefully it’ll be easier than the last, because I am not exaggerating when I say I am bad at quizzes. 😛

For now though, I will bid you all a wonderful afternoon! Next update on Monday.

Luca. 😊

Fieldwork Reflection, So Far!

Though I uploaded this onto my personal academic blog, I thought I’d upload it on here too! I spent some time writing a reflection on how the fieldwork has gone so far and some of the problems we’ve encountered, so without further ado, here it is! I apologise though, it is rather long… Haha.

On Monday (22.01.18), we had our first official day of official fieldwork. We started the morning in class assigning ourselves into groups, there were three, photography, audio and video. Assumingly, we all thought we knew and were confident in our assigned roles, however when we arrived at our first location, it was apparent that in all the groups, we faced similar, if not the same challenges.

The first most apparent issue was communication between each other. Originally when assigning groups, we summarised what each member must do – though, shortly afterwards in the field it became clear that we did not spend enough time clarifying the tasks at hand. In our group, there were two camera people, we made what we presumed to be a conscious effort to tell all group members that the only photographs we needed were of the buildings themselves to put onto the map, and possibly some portrait photos of staff and community members to add additional depth and personalisation to our content. Katie, doing her dissertation was to photograph the activities throughout the day as documentation for both ourselves and her benefit, though one of our group members ended up following Katie’s lead and taking unnecessary photographs of the happenings, even though Katie’s role was one separate from our group. Whilst the content itself was great, it wasn’t beneficial for us and therefore delayed our process as the other camera person had double the workload. In addition, as that was Katie’s role, we ended up with a lot of duplicate content that was unusable and unnecessary of our aim.

Our second issue ties into the first, and that was uncertainty of our roles, and doubt whether we were gathering the right content. At times, we lost track of group members and we weren’t updating one another on our progression, in a sense, some of us were working as a group, and others were working as individuals. Even though this was apparent, we didn’t rectify the issue immediately which is what should have happened – because failure of the task doesn’t just affect us as a group, but the entire CM4K Asset Mapping process.  We do not have the time to return to locations and gather additional content, we must ensure it is completed during our first, and only visits to avoid jeopardising quality.

Finally, the third problem we faced was time management. Once again, each challenge we faced tie into one another and could have an undesirable domino effect on the project if not resolved promptly. Originally it had been planned that the time spent at each location would be 10, to 20 minutes – however we spent around an hour at each which resulted in missing lunch, and spending more time outside in the sunshine which has negative implications on everyone involved. The additional time spent at each location was because of our lack of communication and uncertainty, which meant we weren’t gathering content at a sufficient rate. There were some unforeseen opportunities that arose which also delayed our day, but equally these were beneficial to cease whilst we had the opportunity. Although the opportunities were phenomenal, we have since agreed collectively that if it is to happen again, we must politely decline as it strays from our aim, and can negatively affect the project objective. We must ensure we best keep to our time management plan, and if opportunities do arrive, that we rearrange another occasion where we can commit more time and resources into the events – this promotes equality to everyone as we can only truly dedicate ourselves to one objective at a time to achieve maximum impact.

In addition, I too was personally effected by these challenges as I did not have an official role throughout the day, instead I had intended to help those in my group who needed additional aid. I spent time floating between person to person, however I feel as if I did not contribute anything positive on our first day because I just didn’t know what I was doing. Additionally, at times it felt I was simply in the way, and hindering my groupmates tasks – I was fearful I’d be perceived as uncommitted, though it was simply because I wasn’t sure what exactly needed to be done and did not want to create duplicate content. This could have been resolved if I had spoken to my group members, if not on location it could have been on the coach as we had time between each destination where we could have designated roles and added clarity to the project, though as no one did, neither did I. I should have taken initiative, but I cannot dwell on the past as that cannot be changed, instead I should use these challenges as fuel to guarantee the same problems do not arise for me, or anyone else.

Each point reflects our partnership, and despite the negatives everyone is incredibly hardworking individuals – so these problems should not have arisen if we had only taken an additional moment to ensure everyone was on the same page and knew what they were doing. I do not think that it is anyone’s fault, this could happen in any situation – it was our first day, and often even when you’re confident that you know what you’re doing, problems will always arise. We were all learning the structure, and in ways it has been beneficial to us that this happened early during the process. Despite not instantly correcting our problems, on that same evening we did speak to our lecturer Peter and soon discovered that all the groups had the same problems. This feedback session lead to us concluding a resolution of how we could remedy the challenges we had, to ensure that the same process did not happen again. The next morning, we agreed that after Peter had spoken to us collectively as a class, we’d break into our groups and have a discussion to clarify and address our issues together, and make a solid action plan for the day to ensure we combated our previous problems. After the discussion, we broke into our groups and clarified the tasks at hand. The meeting helped tremendously, and every group had an incredible turn around. We all worked together, and rather than the hour we spent at each location the previous day, we were finished and out in around 20 minutes at every site. We had a clear direction, and gathered so much valuable content. We even arrived back at the University at our originally planned time, and then had time in the afternoon to edit – which is something we had planned for the previous day, though unfortunately could not do.

The third day of fieldwork on Thursday (25.01.2018) once again, went smoothly. Unfortunately, we did forget to get a longitude and latitude of the second location, though Peter is confident he knows where it is roughly on the map, so it shouldn’t cause any problems. I am so proud that we all came together and really proved how hard each one of us could work. It gives me such hope that the rest of the project will go just as smoothly as our second and third day did, if not even better! I feel our bonds are now stronger, and that we are a community within ourselves. With each day and each challenge, our partnership strengthens and each learning experience gives us valuable insight on how to best move forwards. I look forward to continuing to see our progression.

Luca. 🙂

25.01.2018 – Luca

Today we woke up at our usual time and hopped on the bus to the University, I think we’ve all perfected our little morning routine now, up and out at 8:45am, though not always on the dot… Haha. As always, breakfast was amazing. I think breakfast has easily become my most favourite meal of the day, though I am not sure I will keep it up back in England as I’m certainly not as good of a chef! After breakfast, we joined the rest of our CM4K partners in class, and soon set off for our third day of fieldwork. Like the second, all went smoothly. We visited three places today, which I have listed below:

Osatia Seventh Day Adventist Church: Osatia S.D.A Church was founded in 1982, and holds a service every Saturday. There are currently 70 members of the Church, and 6 neighbouring communities attend service: Hollo A, Hollo B, Central, Mlimani, Town A, and Wang Chieng.

Unlike before where we’d driven exactly to the location, we walked some of the way to the church today. Just outside of the church entrance there was an avocado tree, I so badly wanted to climb it and pick some fresh, ripe avocados. They looked delicious, but I resisted, haha. After we gathered our content, we headed back to the bus to travel to our second location.

Lang’o Arek Mixed Secondary School: Lang’o Arek Mixed Secondary School project was founded in 2008. The school currently hosts 120 students, and 10 teachers, 3 of those being government employees.

Once again like the previous location, again we had to walk part way – although this walk wasn’t as relaxing as the first! It was up a ginormous hill! I am quite used to hills, as Brighton is probably one of the hilliest places I’ve ever lived, but I’ve had a few weeks off from walking up hills so my legs were unprepared. However, when we reached the top there was the most beautiful view of landscapes stretching to the sky! We all took a moment to catch our break, and admire the view. 😊


Cham gi Wadu Market: The Cham gi Wadu Open Market takes place every week at the Cham gi Wadu Shopping Centre. Traders of different communities come together to share their wares, selling items such as: fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, fabrics, clothes, shoes, animals (cattle, poultry) and various amenities. The market attracts both Luo and Kisi communities, as in the Luo’s language, ‘Cham gi Wadu’ means ‘share with your neighbour’.

We had to return to the shopping centre as the shots we originally took on Monday looked too derelict. We thought that on market day, it’d be busier and represent the community better, so we returned to retake the photo on market day. It was also a great experience to see the market first hand, though unfortunately it started to rain so we had to speed back to the bus.


Once we arrived back at the university, we started to edit our content. If I am being truthful, I am worried that we do not have enough editing time. I am not so worried about myself and the photography group, but video and audio are incredibly time consuming – and though we have editing time when we arrive back from the locations, everyone is feeling very tired and it can be difficult to focus. I shall bring this up with Peter when I get the chance, and see what he suggests. I do not want quality to be compromised, but with the time constraints I’m worried it might be. For now though, we’re off for some dinner! I hope everyone has a wonderful evening, talk soon!

Luca. 😊

24.01.2018 – Luca

Hello, hello, hello!

Today’s post may be a bit brief, but hopefully it’ll give you chance to rest your poor eyes from all of my ramblings! Equally, this is only the beginning so that presumption could change, we’ll see. 😛

I think I’ll start with the evening of the 23rd, the night after our second day of field work. To reward ourselves from all our hard work, we collectively agreed we’d have a nice relaxing evening celebrating our two days of fieldwork. I really had so much fun! We picked up some drinks on the way back from University after dinner from our favourite spot, The Treat House, and then returned to the accommodation. This was the first night we’d arrived back before 7pm, so it was nice to have additional time to kick our feet up. Whilst we had our drinks, we played Katie’s CM4K pub quiz. It was so fun, I had also predicted the order of winners would be our seating positions, and I was funnily right, haha! I am truly awful at quizzes, but got 21 out of 50 odd questions right (probably more, but I’ll say less to make myself feel better, haha). The winner, Angel, got 30, so I did far better than I’d expected and she had played before. Sam followed with 29, and Hafsah with 14. Originally when counting the points, Hafsah thought she only had 13, with 12 points from the Logo Round, and the other point from a question where the answer was Nairobi – which really cracked us! We laughed so hard Peter heard us from his room and through his earplugs. Nairobi is where our plane landed in Kenya, so we’d have been shocked if anyone got that question wrong! After that, we played some silly games and then all went to bed.

The plan for the following day was to spend it at the University editing the content we’d gathered from our two days of fieldwork. I had done the majority of mine the previous day, so I spent the majority of my time helping organise content into folders for one of my classmates who was unfortunately feeling poorly (get well soon, H). I also spent some time catching up on the discussion board and responding to posts, it felt good to be up to date. Just before lunch at around 2, I ended up coming back to the accommodation as I was feeling a bit poorly myself, I am very British and have sunburn, so I think I just needed some additional rest time. I got back and did some washing before then sleeping for around 4 hours. A bug got into my room though and scared the absolute life out of me (yes, I screamed, haha). I wouldn’t mind, but the type of insect it is has been haunting our group our entire trip here! I think it got into my room for revenge, and it worked. I’m currently hiding in my bed under my net, still alert for its return… Whatever species it is, I hope we can be civil and it’ll leave me alone now, please. 😛

Oh, and how could I forget to mention that before all of this once again we had an amazing breakfast! I had eggy bread and sausages, yum! We’d been fantasising on the bus the entire way to University about fry ups, and we were all so excited to have eggy bread! I think Pete was amused that we called it that, as he knew it as something different. Isn’t it funny how language changes between generations? It never fails to amuse me. 😛

Though I spent a lot of time resting, I did get all of the work I had planned to do done, and then some. In addition to my two blog posts about the fieldwork (the first 624 words, and the second 588) I wrote an additional 1,254-word critical reflection of how both days had gone! For anyone who knows me, you’ll know I am a very slow typer and that it takes me a while to write things out, so I’m proud that I had so much to say and got it done in just a short few hours. Goodness knows what I’ll put in my assignment for this module if I keep writing at this pace! After writing, my classmates were kind enough to bring me some fruit on their return which I ate for dinner as I am still feeling a bit poorly, and now I am writing this! However, it is getting on so I’m probably going to dim the lights and try to rest some more with a film I’ve been meaning to watch for ages called, My Week With Marylin. Here’s hoping it’s a good one! Have a great night, and as I silently expected… This blog post hasn’t been brief at all, whoops! Goodnight everyone!

Luca. 😊

23.01.2018 – Luca

Today was our second day of fieldwork! As usual, we woke up bright and early – I knew it was going to be a good day because we had omelettes at breakfast (which are my absolute favourite), so I was a very happy boy! I could eat those omelettes every day, all day, but I won’t talk about it too much otherwise I’ll start to get hungry and it’s not dinner time yet, haha.

After breakfast, we met up with the other CM4K members in class, though before we headed out for the fieldwork we all had meetings in our groups to clarify and delegate each group member a task for the day as yesterday we struggled a lot with uncertainty. I can say that it made such a phenomenal change! I think yesterday, because it was the first day everyone struggled, but today was an entirely different process, and I feel we all worked together incredibly well. As always, there were some bumps in the road (and that isn’t just metaphorically, the roads are very bumpy here). I really think that moving forwards, the process will only continue to improve. Below I’ve listed all the places we visited today, and descriptors of each place. Just as yesterday, at each location we gathered photographs, video, audio and the longitude and latitude of each place, ready to get the content ready to upload onto the maps! We’ll be editing everything tomorrow, I can’t wait for things to start taking shape. 😊

Cham gi Wadu Shopping Centre – Cham gi Wadu’s shopping centre is in the heart of a lively Luo community, providing local amenities for the people. It consists of a variety of retail businesses, hotels, salon and barber shops. Every week, an open market takes place which is open to all, and community members from both the Luo and Kisii communities are welcome, as in the Luo’s language, ‘Cham gi Wadu’ means ‘share with your neighbour’.

Ongo Health Centre – the Ongo Health Centre originally opened in 1985 as a small medical dispensary, and in 1996 expanded its services to become the Health Centre that it is today. The centre provides medical treatment for members of the community, including anti-viral treatment for HIV. The health centre consists of three wards; in patients, out patients, and a maternity ward and sees around 200 out patients a day, and 3-4 in patients.

Ongo Primary School Project – Ongo Primary school was established in 1984, and offers academic services from pre-school to year 8 students. There are currently 360 students (as of January 23, 2018) and 8 teachers.

Ongo Seventh Day Adventist Church – the Ongo Seventh Day Adventist Church is located next to the Ongo Primary School Project and offers a service every Saturday.

Kitere Primary School – the Kitere Primary school is located next to Rongo University. The school currently has 659 students (as of January 23, 2018), with 12 teachers currently teaching at the academic establishment. The school is funded by N-G-C-D-F Rongo, year 2015 – 2016.


Overall, it was once again a very busy day. I’m really surprised how different today was. I think everyone deserves a big pat on the back though as our time management dramatically improved. We went from yesterday, spending around an hour at each location, to today, where we spent between 10-20 minutes at each! We’re all progressing, and we’re all working together. 😊

Right, for now I am off to go and get some dinner. Expect more updates very soon, take care.

Luca. 😊

22.01.2018 – Luca

Day 7, our first official day of fieldwork! Before I dive in, I best explain what we’re contributing towards during our time here in Kenya for the CM4K project. In simple terms, we’re adding locations onto Google Maps, which is called Asset Mapping. Asset mapping can provide information about community strengths and resources that can help uncover solutions. One example of how the maps can be useful is, for instance, if say a community needed knowledge about poultry farming, they could access the map and identify local poultry farms – this knowledge can then be shared, to help the community grow. It can also be used to address community needs, and build on exisiting assets. Though it sounds simple, in turn it will become incredibly beneficial when the Community Radio Station starts to run. Currently, the maps for Cham gi Wadu has incredibly limited information, though we plan on working together to change that!

So, without further ado, here are the four places we visited today! The first was the Cham gi Wadu’s Chiefs Office which is where the Community Radio Station itself will run. Prior to this, we had all organised ourselves into groups, the first photography, the second video, and finally audio. I was a part of the photography group, and our groups responsibility was to take photographs of the location(s). You know when you select a location on Google Maps, you can see photographs of the buildings and what is around – that’s what we were doing, taking these photos! We also spent some time teaching community members how to use the cameras. The video group were responsible for taking short videos that consisted of interviews and Vox Pops which when you select a location, there will be additional visual information – the audio group worked with both the photography and video group. So, for each location, we were gathering a variety of visual and audible content, and the longitude and latitude of locations to ensure we can fill the map correctly.

The second place we visited was a primary school, alongside gathering the content, we spent some time with the children at the school. They were truly fascinated with us, especially those of us with tattoos. I couldn’t even begin to count how many children were rubbing my tattoos to see if I’d drawn them on! It was very sweet. The third place we visited was a secondary school – it was here that we went slightly astray from our original plan where we ended up speaking to a large group of students who were interested in communications media. After an introduction, we spend some time teaching the students how to use the equipment which they all thoroughly enjoyed. These children will have the opportunity to create content for the radio station, so the lesson on how to use equipment will fingers crossed help them with this! Finally, we visited another primary school – once again, like the first the children were fascinated with us and our tattoos! We did have some problems with time management, and what we aimed to be around two hours took around 4-5 so unfortunately, we did not have a chance to edit our content that we gathered, hopefully when it does come to editing we won’t be too overwhelmed.


After this visit we went back to the university and ate some well-deserved food! When we got back to the accommodation, we spend some time discussing what went well today, and things that could be improved – so tomorrow in our second day of fieldwork, we will be far more prepared! All in all, it was an incredibly busy day. Because we were out in rural areas, we all ended up absolutely covered in dust, so we were excited to get back and hop into the shower. I’m looking forward to editing our content and getting it uploaded, so check this space for updates!

Luca. 😊

Saturday + Sunday – Luca

The 20th was our first official day off, I think some of us felt we hadn’t done enough to warrant a day off just yet, but nevertheless leisure time is always welcomed!

As usual, we started our day early with breakfast, I managed not to do anything embarrassing in the morning, so that’s always a plus isn’t it? Mind you, on Friday night after dinner we were walking in the dark back to the mini-bus, and I was halfway through saying to the girls, “be careful of the rocks” as I then fell over them, haha. As always, I managed a good save though! I had almost forgotten how clumsy I was until I arrived here. Back to our day off, after breakfast I managed to build enough trust with one of the wild dogs at the University to give her a little pet. We have nicknamed her ‘Mama’ because she has had puppies, and every time we call for her, she wags her little tail around. She is honestly the most adorable girl, I’d take her back with me in a heartbeat if only I could, but she enjoys the freedom, and I don’t think she’d like the British cold! Afterwards we got onto a big coach and started our journey towards Rusinga Island Hotel, which is right on Lake Victoria – it was an interesting experience… The ride was just over two hours, and it was so incredibly bumpy. I kept seeing my classmates physically lift off their seats every time we went over a bump, luckily there was a lot of head space so there were no injuries.

Rusinga Island is incredibly beautiful, like something I’d only ever seen in photographs before. I honestly could not describe it with justice. The hotel was enclosed by trees and had a large pier you could walk down, with swing benches and seats overlooking the unbelievable lake (it was SO big)! After a photoshoot to capture the moment, me, Katie, Hafsah, Andres and Zerah started to collect some pretty shells to take home with us as that’s a very touristy thing to do! We then decided we’d like to go on a speedboat around the lake, and none of us managed to fall in. 😛


It was such a boiling hot day that I was tempted enough to go for a swim. I was a little bit nervous as the lake has crocodiles and hippos, but during the daytime they all swim far out and I was assured it was safe! I am here to still tell the tale, so all was well. After the swim, it was time to get back for dinner. I think we were all a bit tired, as we caught 50 winks, with me waking up with embedded bracelet marks all over my face that must’ve stayed there for a least an hour afterwards, haha. We went back to the accommodation after and took Andres back with us for a drink! We played games, drunk some nice Kenyan cane and cider, and then all retired!


Sunday was a lazy day, just as it should be! After breakfast and a quick trip to the Supermarket, I had a tackle at my washing. I ended up bathing myself in the process, but at least my clothes are clean (maybe), haha. I wasn’t hungry for lunch, so whilst mostly everyone left I had a little afternoon nap. I was awoken though by an offer to take a ride to a nearby hotel called The Treat House, which is where I am now writing this! I’m not entirely sure what we’re up to for the rest of the evening, but we shall feedback tomorrow. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

Luca. 🙂

P.S. Yes, I am sunburnt, haha. I have taken every precaution, but I guess this is just the way it will always be. 😛