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MSMUN 2019: The Trip to Nairobi

by Freya Salewski Mead (MSMUN Press Corps, Year 9 student)

It all started at 3:30AM on Sunday the 19th of January, outside Isamilo International School. The dark space was bustling with yawns and goodbyes as the students boarded the bus and parents waved them away on their journey.

The noisy bus full of excited students soon went quite as, one by one, they drifted off to sleep. Three hours later, the sun was slowly crawling over the horizon, and the students started to blink open their sleepy eyes as they chatted with their friends.

I say chatted, but really, it was more like a chaotic screaming. “It was crazy!” said Bridget Peck, an Isamilo student representing Malawi in Human Rights. “Everyone was yelling at everyone else. I couldn’t even hear myself think!”

As a result of the relatively boring scenery (red dust studded with small, scrubby acacia trees) and the thrumming, repetitive music, many students took to their phones and tablets for entertainment, while others decided to play a rowdy game of ‘truth or dare’ in the back.

12 hours later the eager group hastily disembarked from their stinky, loud dungeon of doom and rushed into the hotel that they would be staying in that night. It was located about 2/3 of the way to Nairobi in a small town called Narok. “It wasn’t the best hotel in the world, but the food was good and the water was warm,” remarked Nathan Godbless, the tech representative for Malawi. “Unfortunately, the rooms were a long way from the restaurant, and were underequipped, lacking some basic things you need for a two-person room, such as more than one towel, or more than one water bottle.”

The students woke up early the next morning, had a quick breakfast of toast, fruit, sausages, and eggs (one of witch, Rebecca Guild discovered, was rotting), and made their way to Nairobi.

The students were very excited when Mrs. Weston, who, if you didn’t know, is a Geography teacher as well as head of secondary, told them that on that day, they would be driving not only past multiple volcanoes, both extinct and active, but also through the Great Rift Valley, that is slowly splitting Africa in two. They all immediately got out their phones and positioned themselves as close to a window as they could.

After an exciting drive through ‘volcano land’, and even over the place where the Great Rift Valley cut through the road, they reached a particularly high spot on a mountain side, where they could get out and stretch their legs. The stunning view tempted many to bring out their phones and cameras to get some pictures of the surrounding landscape. The ground was dotted with houses and trees, while large volcanoes stood in the distance.

And so, the drive continued through the mountains until they reached the outskirts of Nairobi. After a quick stop at a horse-riding center to drop off Amaryllis, who was practicing for her IGCSEs, the group proceeded to the Nairobi Giraffe Center.

This was, by far, the highlight of the two days trip through East Africa. They came in to a building where they were given an informative talk by one of the guides in the park. Soon after, they were led to a large space with a short stone wall separating them from the giraffes leaning over. A short way off, there was a raised platform where giraffes were sticking their heads up. The students were given a handful of pellets each and swarmed to get their photos taken feeding, or kissing, for the more courageous of the group, the majestic creatures as they gobbled up the student’s food.

The students then had their lunch, and set off into Nairobi, to prepare for MSMUN, which would start the next day… (to be continued!)

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