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July 24, 2009: Rendezvous

Today I had a little time for sightseeing in Mombasa City before I went to meet with the others. So after having breakfast in the hotel I took a cab and went to the famous Fort Jesus I've heard so much about. It was quite an interesting tour and I got some information from one of the self-appointed guides you can find in front of and in the complex. There are a few souvenir shops outside the fort and walking through old Mombasa you can also pick up some souvenirs. Bargaining is an option I would really advise on and it works most of the time. I checked out of the hotel at 1:30 in the afternoon and took a cab to the Lecture by Dr.Skov rendezvous location. There I finally met with Gustavo, Bronwyn and Ray. Dr.Skov was there to meet us and take us over to the village of Gazi. After little over an hour's drive we arrived. At the house we were greeted by the broad smile of Mama Niko, who showed us to our rooms. After a brief explanation on what our days would look like, Dr.Skov (Martin) took us on a sightseeing tour of the village and to the beach of Gazi. Here we got our first glimpse of the project and the land degradation due to the absence of the mangrove forests. Five village members will be joining us on this project. They are all young people from the village, working with Earthwatch and/or with the Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research Institute. They have recently completed a course on biomass analysis and carbon sequestration. So they will be our guides through that part of the field work exercises.  We had our dinner at 8; then it was time for bed. Early to bed and early to rise ... because tomorrow is the marathon through the mangrove forests!
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