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Blooms' Kenya blog: Day 1

3 June 2013

Jambo! After months of preparation the day was finally upon us to start our journey to Nakuru, Kenya.

The feelings of excitement, anticipation and apprehension filled the bus as Motts Travel kindly provided the transport from Adams Park to Heathrow airport.

After a short stop in Doha, we completed the flight to Nairobi and then started our drive to Nakuru. We were warned to expect a long trip but Peter, our van driver, was certainly intent on completing the drive as quickly as possible!

We made a short stop off at the Rift Valley viewing point - it was stunning. You could see for miles and we were all taken aback by the natural beauty of the area.

During the last half hour of our drive we were treated to our own safari at the side of the road. What looked like a whole family of baboons were just relaxing and it was just an incredible sight. We also saw a giraffe, wild boar and zebra, but the baboons were the stand-out sight for me.

We were treated to a traditional Kenyan lunch on our arrival. Rice, meat stew and spinach made up the main followed by watermelon and pineapple for dessert. We were also introduced to our project managers.

There were a few hairy moments due to Kenyan driving beliefs, but we were still in good spirits when we finally pulled up at the Kivu Resort.

Our rooms are basic, but totally adequate for our needs. The resort is pleasant and clean and, as we are sharing with the community schemes from Derby, Stevenage and Portsmouth, there are plenty of people about.

We had a couple of hours to ourselves so the media crew and I made the most of the 'gym' facilities. We were intent on making the most if the facilities available so I set up a circuit.

I told them on the way out here that I need to continue my rehab work so it seemed like the right thing to do to drag them in. Matt Sadler and Matt Cecil displayed a distinct lack of staying power but Ben Campbell saw the session through and kept me company!

After our dinner of chapatti's and a bean stew and cabbage, we are back in our room discussing this blog and looking forward to what lies ahead tomorrow. We are in no doubt that its going to be a rewarding week and are excited to get started.

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