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May 4, 2014

Burning!

May 3rd, 2014 This was our third day in Laikipia county at Mpala ranch, and the beauty, significance, and novelty of this place is no less awesome than when we arrived. The wonder of Laikipia is compounded by the fact that humans first evolved in savannah ecosystems like this one over 100,000 years ago.  About 60,000 years ago, these early humans maintained species diversity and the balance between woody and grassy plants by periodically burning the savannah.  Today, we had the opportunity to participate in one of the oldest human traditions of burning savannas as part of a research project….

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May 4, 2014

May 1-2, 2014 On Thursday morning we made the 4 hr trek from Nairobi to the Laikipia region of Kenya, which is in the western rainshadow of Mt. Kenya. We enjoyed lunch at the River Camp which will be our home for the next 12 days (later we’ll move to the dorms at Mpala Research Centre).  At the river camp we are living in permanent tents situated along the Ewaso Nyiro river and each morning we awake to the splendor of all manner of bird songs. Nights afford stunning views of the Milky Way and the laughing whoops of hyenas…

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May 3, 2014

+’s Giraffes Giraffes eating out of my hand Hugging giraffes Elephants Baby elephants Touching baby elphants Filming baby elephants with awesome camera equipment A baby elephant rubbing against Lauren as she took pictures Calimari for lunch A beautiful overlook over downtown A free evening Shorts and a t-shirt Film experience College credit for this -‘s Sore throat One time today for about 10 minutes I felt a little too warm in the sun. -Jake

May 2, 2014

Production Day 1

Learning to be flexible, was the lesson for today. When we travel to other cultures one of the best parts is to discover our differences. Our North American priority sometimes is to keep a schedule and be on time. So it can be frustrating to suddenly be thrown into a culture where schedules and times are not so important. This is a good thing for us to experience. It changes our focus from time to the present happenings. After our schedule was put way behind because so many people wanted to come see and talk to us, we were not…

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May 1, 2014

I left three days ago but we’ve only been gone two days and it’s 6:06 PM here but it’s 11 AM at home and I’ve had double the meals and half the sleep and all I can say is that every part of my body is confused. But besides that, I’m great! Traveling went relatively smooth. As our plane started moving in Chicago, I kicked in a panel and was pretty sure I had broken the plane and we were all going to be sucked through this hole. (Please remember that I study film, not physics.) After surviving the Vortex…

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May 1, 2014

It’s never easy to travel over seas , especially with a large group. But we have an amazing class of students and partners from FRB with us. Even after all of our troubles getting through customs and getting to bed around 5am, everyone was up and ready for our orientation at 10am tea. These students are dedicated and excited to discover and share the stories of Kenya. After some prep and relax time today we will be off early tomorrow morning to explore our first community just outside of Nairobi. Make sure to visit our Facebook page for more pictures.

May 1, 2014

Arrived Safely

After a long day of travel some adventures along the way and 7+ time zones we arrived last night at around 4am at the Mennonite Guest House in Nairobi. More details to come as we settle in. The students are tired and but ready to go.

May 1, 2014

Kenya at Last

April 29- May 1 5:20 am Well, today was a very long and eventful day. I spent about 18 hours on airplanes. I unfortunately got sick for the first time in the very beginning of our flight from Chicago to Istanbul. Thankfully I had my faithful seat buddy David to save me in my time of need. When we finally landed in Turkey their airport looked like a mall. I mean you could buy a new Chanel, Coach, Prada bag, or even new underwear at Victoria’s Secret. This place was huge. Then to add to the excitement of Turkey I…

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April 30, 2014

All 14 Goshen College students of the 2014 Kenya Conservation and Research Methods in Savannas class arrived safely last night.  After three trips to the airport, the last at 2:00 a.m., the students enjoyed a short night of sleep at the Mennonite Guest House in Nairobi. Today’s plan is to rest, recuperate, and orient ourselves to the pulse of life here in Kenya. Students awoke for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., played soccer in the yard, enjoyed tea and orientation under the gazebo, walked to Westlands after lunch and relaxed in the guesthouse gardens. Tomorrow we will make the 4 hour…

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April 28, 2014

Traveling Light

When I travel I like to travel as light as possible. However, somehow I ended up in a profession that often has me packing more gear then a Sherpa. The class go together this morning for donuts and some bonding over packing the camera gear for the long journey to Kenya. We are taking 4 cameras, tripods, a Kessler Traveler Jib, Kessler Pocket Dolly, audio gear, support equipment and batteries galore. I’m sure most of these bags are overweight but it’s the cost of doing business for filmmakers. The students seem excited and anxious to get filming in Kenya. That’s…

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