Friday, November 18, 2011


Today is our last day at TBI. It feels so surreal and strange to say that but it is. We just finished up our last exam this morning and while we are all happy that we’re done there’s a bit of sadness lingering in the air. To me goodbyes are always bittersweet but they make us appreciate our experiences. These last two weeks have been and if not even more amazing than the last eight and time just flew by while we were having too much fun. From learning to knap stone tools to roasting a goat, to seeing a complete rainbow to visiting a man with many camels, to riding the lorry for hours to excavating some of the oldest stone tool sites in the world, and to simply just sitting around with friends, everyday has been an adventure.

Tomorrow, we will set out early in the morning from TBI to Lodwar and there we will catch a plane back to Nairobi, but since our plane doesn’t take off to midnight we will spend the day shopping for souvenirs and having a nice dinner before we go. For many of us going home will be a very strange experience because we’ve gotten so use to the serenity and remoteness of Turkana, and I think we’ll all experience some sort of reverse culture shock once we are home. I know for myself that my experiences here will be something I take with me forever and think about probably almost every day. There’s a cliché that people say about Africa changing people, and I think it’s true, especially if you find the time to visit places outside of the cities. It’s not all starving children and poverty there is so, so, so much more here that I wish more people in the world came to see and that is what my blog is about. I hope I have helped someone out there make the decision to come to TBI, trust me you won’t regret it.

The next time I write will be my last post, but for now here are some pictures from the last two weeks:

A rainbow stretches across the sky after the rain.

Students relaxing in the evening before dinner.

Meeting with a seer who owns many, many camels.

His many, many camels.

Students learning to knap stone tools.

Students determined to make good flakes.

Students discovering the effectiveness of stone tools by butchering a goat.

Celebrating our hard work with a goat roast.

Dodging thorny plants on one of our many rides on the lorry.

Enjoying dinner on our camping trip at Nariokotome.

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