I have had the best past couple of days ever.
First we paired up and were sent away to do "homestays" with different families in the area. I was brought to the home of Mama Happy. She put us to work right away- we did laundry (by hand), dishes, cleaned walls, swept (using a tree branch), and cooked. She was the sweetest woman and I'm so glad I was able to meet her. Being with her for a whole day and living how she does put so many things in perspective for me. People always say "don't take life for granted" and "life's too short to be unhappy" but after being here, it's so much more than just that. It's more than I could ever put into words. I just wish everyone I could cherish life as much as she does. She works so hard and yet has no problem doing so. Being here really shows how privileged we are as Americans. It also shows how lazy and negative Americans can be.. but I wont go there :)
The next exciting trip was a bike tour in a town called Mto Wa Mbu (mm-toe wahm-boo). We rode our bikes on this terribly bumpy road which hurt our butts so bad, and then suddenly it was a breath of fresh air. Literally. We ended up in a grassland that ended at one of the big lakes here. We started to ride our bikes through the grasslands and came upon a herd of zebra. Picture this.. riding a bike, not a cloud in the sky, warm wind blowing all around you, and a herd of zebras running past you. AMAZING. It was the most memorable/amazing/surreal things ever. Its something you'd see in a movie, but would never expect to actually do, and I did it.
Life is good.
Actually, Life is Fantastic.