Gorillas in the mist

Good morning 5am. Left at 6am to drive to see the gorillas. Wearing my brand new New Balance trainers – whoops I didn’t break them in first oh well. We all got split up in different groups. There was 7 of us with 3 guides carrying machine guns. 20140615-131319-47599701.jpg 20140615-131321-47601066.jpg We drove up to the top of the jungle and started trekking on the outskirts, rough terrane with lots of hills. As I am so unfit I struggled a little but I felt more sorry for Jim (age 73) as he found it difficult after 2 hrs. He tried to give up about 20mins before we met the gorilla family but we all pushed him to go as we were so close, no point in giving up now. Amazingly he carried on and he gave me the strength too as well. Then we commenced deep into the jungle with the guides hacking at tall plantations so we could get close up. FINALLY…I was at the back of the line and all of a sudden a loud grunt and moan caused the crowd to run back towards me. Even though we were told not to run, instinct kicks in to do the opposite. The guides were able to calm the massive silverback gorilla and we got closer to see him. Wow…I was overwhelmed with emotion when I seen him. What a sight so close up, he was just sitting eating the plants. We were so silent just staring and taking photos/video. Then the guide pointed and we seen the mother and a baby. The baby was such a show off swinging on a branch and staring at us. We stood for a whole hour watching 2 silverback males, a mother and a baby. Then we had to trek back out.

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We stopped off for a spot of lunch outside the plantation and I had ordered a Chicken toastie with some fruit from the hostel….it was disgusting looking. The chicken strips looked overcooked and had been sitting out in the air for days. The fruit was old as well, I was gutted because I was so hungry from nearly 3 hrs of trekking. Also silly me didn’t bring enough water and complaining is not welcome so I just commented I couldn’t eat them. Off we went the way we came and I was completely running on empty. My group noticed, Henny and Erica (South African Couple) became worried about me so they gave me their water and an energy bar to eat. I was extremely thankful to them and carried on but I couldn’t hike the hilly bits so the guide had to pull me up every time (there were lots of them). I felt so embarrassed and sad that I was slowing the group down. Even Jim was doing better than me. I have never felt so happy to see the end of the trek in my life BUT OMG was it worth it – hell yes!

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Pray to the Sleep Goddess

While waiting 10hrs for my flight from Nairobi to Kigali, thought this would be the perfect time for me to write my first post. I thank the delay to these serious shoppers – grrrr.

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Its only taken me 33 yrs to find out that I seem to only work under pressure. As I got cleaning and packed in two all nighters – not done those since my clubbing days. I planned to sleep on the bus down to London but with a cute screaming kid kicking the seat and passive parents it was impossible.

This is where the stupidness kicks in, I sat for a few hours in Victoria station and then asked for assistance which I got a reply “you are in the train station” me “…right I know”. “You are booked on a bus” doh so ran into the heavy downpour (London what happened to the weather?) to the next building.

One of my besties decided to very kindly book me into a hotel at her expense tut tut. I felt awful because initially I wanted to experience staying over in an airport and save the cash but I was so thankful. After midnight I jumped on a shuttle bus to the Holiday Inn. Pulled out the email reservation at reception to be told “you are in the wrong hotel miss, you are in the Premier Inn which is back where the airport is” doh.

It was so lovely to meet my first dorm friends that spoke English. 3 girls and 1 guy from Canada, Norway and Australia. we hit it off straight away and it was so lovely they wished I was staying but got up for 8am pick up to cross from Rwanda to Uganda and join my group.

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Everyone is very nice and 5 of us went to visit an orphanage called Potters Village. We got to interact with the beautiful babies from 3-9 months and donated money. The people working there are amazing and such hard workers. Something I learned today is that in South Africa and in Germany they have “baby bins” so that any mother who didn’t want their baby then they put the baby in this box and with no questions asked at all. Then an organisation collects the baby to find a new home for them. Unfortunately in Uganda they don’t have this and the babies get found in sewers or waste areas, so sad to hear when you have know so many families who can’t have babies would take one in a heartbeat. ¬†Look how adorable is Renette 2 months old, mother passed away sadly.

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Tomorrow to see the gorillas but I seem to have developed a bad cough all of a sudden so taking cold n flu tablets and pray I don’t miss this amazing opportunity. ¬†Check out our Overland monster truck.

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