Reality check


Ha, just had a reality check and realisation that despite all my research and prepping I still have a Western mentality…


Just to let you know, when you pick me up I no longer have bleached blonde hair but it’s still short. I’ll be wearing a blue jacket that will have pink turn-ups on the sleeves and will be dragging a big blue bag on wheels and will have a rucksack on my back – and probably looking a bit frazzled. I feel like I should wear a red carnation or something!!

Amy (Leila’s mum):

LOL about your description – to be honest, I think I will recognise you as the only white person getting off the plane – and I’ll be the only white woman standing at the airport!!!  I don’t think we will miss each other!

Honestly Kirsty, where on earth do you think you’re going?

Reasons to check under the bed # 1

So the latest word from Tanzania is they had to kill a Black Mamba snake outside the baby home; oh, and there’s no anti-venom in Mwanza… Black Mamba….snake…kill…baby…no anti-venom… Yep, there’s no way to turn that sentence into a good one. Continue reading

The Greta Garbo complex

Greta Garbo

‘I vant to be alone’ Greta Garbo (Photo credit: aclbraga)

According to Johari’s Window, there’s a ‘me’ that both I and all my friends and family know, there’s a ‘me’ that only I know, there’s a ‘me’ that only my friends know, and there’s a ‘me’ that none of us knows…

So, where are you going with this Kirst?

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“It’s just macho bullsh*t”

So, had the last of my Hep B injections and purchased a year’s supply of antimalarials  today. Doxycycline. £64. Apparently these are the ‘good’ kind; I won’t arrive in Tanzania hallucinating and confused with feelings of persecution (?!), but it will make me sensitive to sunlight… Continue reading