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  • "Oh look, more giraffes"

    When did I realize that I was falling in love with Africa? Perhaps it was when driving past herds of antelope and zebra felt as natural and familiar as anything at home. I only spent two weeks in Kenya, but it was enough to steal my heart.

    Living at research center 5 hours north of Nairobi, I got a small taste of a world completely different from mine. As a biologist, it was the wildlife that fascinated me the most. The excitement of seeing animals that cannot be seen anywhere else, the excitement of never knowing what you will find when you step out of your tent in the morning. And the excitement of learning something new everyday.

    Reticulated giraffes for instance, travel in large herds. They fight by wrapping their necks around one another and banging their heads against each other. When they run, they hold their necks out and bob them up and down, like a rocking horse. And unlike the zebra they often spend time with, they don't seem to care much about a vehicle full of awestruck students driving past while snapping photos.

    There are so many stories to tell. And so many more stories yet to come because I know that the small taste I got will never be enough for me.
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