Well its been awhile since I've written on this but I have lots of excuses. First to answer your question Tiff, I am staying safe and sound. All the boys were so nice and sweet but definitely had a tough side.
The hospital has been wonderful so far. I'm learning new procedures and doing different things every day and it's gratifying to be able to help some of the people that come to St Elizabeth. To the person who asked about the medical part. I have worked in a hospital in Canada volunteering, and working so I knew some stuff but it's all completely different in Tanzania. The most basic procedural things are often not followed here. TB patients don't wear masks, used needles are carried around without a cover, blood on the floor today, etc. It's a nightmare sometimes but all the doctors and nurses are doing their absolute best under the conditions given to them. And they are all sweethearts!!!
This past weekend I also managed to check off one of my life long dreams. To go to the Serengeti! 6 of my fellow volunteers and I went on safari to the Serengeti and to the Ngorongoro crater which are both protected/world heritage sites. It's mind blowing..... I got to see all of the big 5, plus cheetahs, baboons, monkeys, antelope, etc. Everything you expect from BBC nature specials hahaha! The most amazing part on our first day was seeing 41 elephants at one time. They were all coming in from the savannah in a marching line and swam and played in the small lake nearby. There were so many babies!!! Don't worry I took as many pictures as I could! On the second day we saw a couple kills in Ngorongoro since its the highest concentration of predators in Africa. One lion was right next to the road with a dead wildebeast and there were jackals and hyenas circling around. I was hoping for a battle royale but no such luck with all the safari vehicles crowding around. I managed to stick my head out of the window and get some money shots but it was intimidating being 5 feet from a huge male lion.
This weekend I am heading to Moshi so there are hot springs and relaxation ahead in my future. I love the socials with Projects Abroad you meet so many interesting people every time and they are all keen on medicine and travel so I fit in very well :D
I hope everyone I know and love in Canada is safe and sound because I am. I will talk to you all soon!
OMG, that sounds AMAZING! I'm so happy to hear about your Serengeti adventures. I'm glad you took pictures (esp of the babies!! :) ). Glad to hear you are enjoying your time. I'm still reading, haha. Keep Safe! :) ~Tiffany