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July 25, 2009: Arrival in Gazi

Jambo After having spent some hours in three different planes I finally arrived in Mombasa, the most important town in the Kenyan coast. I met the other Alcoans (Bronwyn, Ray and Tim) and the Earthwatch researcher (Martin) at the lobby of the New Palm Tree hotel and we all started our adventure in Kenya. The first walk in the old town of Mombasa and the road to Gazi village already gave us a glimpse of Kenya. It was a mix of colours, smells, noises and movements that made it very special. We arrived in Gazi and felt from the first moment very welcomed. We were received by Mama Nico (housekeeper) and Dr Kairo (main researcher in the project) in the house where we were going to spend the next 10 days. It was probably the nicest house in the village. The living room/meeting room/dining room was a cozy canopy were the team would spent very nice moments. The group went for a walk around the village passing by the beach. That first contact with locals was great. All kids would come to see us and say “Jambo”. They are not used to seeing that many foreigners around the village. People received us as very special guests, since we were going to work on a project Earthwatch_hut that would directly impact positively in the local community. The day finished with the introduction of each member of the expedition including five locals that would be part of the team: Tima, Zulekha, Robert, Michael and Hamisi.

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