28 August 2012

first glimpses

Upon departure of our Ethiopian Airlines flight, we showed our proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, paid for our entry visas (they even let the Colombian in without any hassle!), and quickly learned our first words in Swahili.  A driver from our hotel was waiting to pick us up in his sweet ancient Land Rover.  He said Karibu and taught us to say Asantesan (you're welcome and thank you) and whisked us away to the Kia Lodge which is conveniently just 10 minutes from Kilimanjaro Airport.  

We were immediately stunned by the ever-present wildness of this land, with lizards and colorful birds dotting the landscape and the mountain in the distance, we knew we weren't in Kansas anymore....

...if we only knew what awaited us....

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