Sunday, April 09, 2006

Day 130

So this weekend I was so excited for white-water rafting at Victoria Falls, but it did not turn out as planned. We got on the night train and after 12 hours arrived at Vic Falls to hear that due to high water the rafting was cancelled for the next few months. So as an alternate plan we went canoeing on the Zambezi. Initially you would think canoeing was a calm and tranquil jaunt down river….not exactly. The river was wide and the current pretty strong, plus add a few aggressive hippo´s in the middle and you got a pretty good work-out. No need to worry though, we were able to out paddle the hippo´s, but needless to say I am a bit sore at the present moment. The river was as beautiful as the falls were amazing! Towards the end of the canoe trip we ran into five elephants taking a swim. For huge animals they are pretty agile creatures. They got out of the river with more skill then I got out of the canoe.
Now the falls…what a sight to see. They are 2km wide and about 80 meters down. While walking along the falls you see the spray rising hundreds of feet above your head (yes I know I am mixing the dewy decimal system with the metric one but it is a bit hard for me to live in the metric world yet forget my roots of good ole´dewy) Anyhow the spray goes up and if the wind is right you get absolutely drenched while walking along. At many points you can not even see the river below because of the huge cloud of mist rising up. The rainbows were comparable to the ones I saw in Hawaii as well. Hawaii will always hold a special place for me though so I can not say these were actually better per say. As for work, it was so nice to end the training that I was so excited to go back to helping patients and nurses, but this month will make it hard to concentrate with all the holidays. Last week I ended up giving a lecture to 12 nursing students and this coming week I am giving a lecture on post-exposure prophylaxis to a victims of sexual abuse committee. The idea is that in such a high HIV prevelance area to offer ARV´s for one month to people that are raped or molested who initially test negative for HIV. The sad thing is that most of these people do not come forward in the first 72 hours and that is when the PEP would really be helpful. It should be interesting to help inform people of the policies and procedures to try and help them implement the program though.
Again…I love you and miss you all! I will post some of the photos later, but I gave my camera to a friend to help in downloading the photos.

4 Comments:

Blogger Birdy said...

Hello! We've been reading your blog for a few months now. Your Africa experience is really, really interesting! We are senior nursing students in California, and we are planning a summer trip to Africa. We're both interested in possibly volunteering there when we are licensed so we would love to have the chance to see some clinics and other volunteer opportunities. If you have any contacts or could give us any guidance, please keep in touch!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Mrs Greenplate said...

Hi Nancy, It is so wonderful reading your interesting postings! Keep up the good work! I am praying for safety and for good health......stay out of fresh tracks of those larger animals i.e., elephants and hippos! The photos are amazing! Can't wait to read your book of your travels in the future. Love, Mrs. Greenplate

8:17 PM  
Blogger Kevin Kitcey said...

Dewey decimal system versus metric system? I thought the system of inches, feet, yards, etc. was called the English system. The Dewey decimal system is used for cataloging books, but libraries use a different system now. Oh well...Funny Nancy. Always enjoyable to read of your adventures!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Kevin Kitcey said...

Dewey decimal system versus metric system? I thought the system of inches, feet, yards, etc. was called the English system. The Dewey decimal system is used for cataloging books, but libraries use a different system now. Oh well...Funny Nancy. Always enjoyable to read of your adventures!

4:41 PM  

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