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Day 23 (July 18, 2011): The Safi Life
July 18, 2011
Living outside can be adventurous, as you know if you have ever gone camping for a few days. At Olorgesailie, our team camps for months at a time. This requires a very strategic and organized plan! Just like life anywhere else, we have to cover three basic necessities: shelter, food, and water.
For shelter, each person has their own tent. Our tents are green canvas and pole tents, kind of like what you may see in the army or on a safari. Each tent has a mattress on the floor with a pillow and woolen blanket, as well as a desk for work. Attached to the front is a short canopy for shade and privacy. During the day it can be pretty hot, so we often open up our tents to circulate the cool breeze.
Our eating times are scheduled on a well-defined regimen. We have three meals a day: breakfast at 6:45am usually consists of fruit with cereal, oatmeal, or toast with eggs. Breakfast wouldn’t be complete without hot coffee or tea or, as Muteti enjoys, coffee with tea (see Day 13). We then set out to the field for the day at 7:30, and come back at 1:00pm for lunch. Lunch can vary every day and can include things like soup, salad, potato salad, cheese, or the classic Kampi Safi meal— safari njema. Lunch is always followed by a delicious fruit salad with fresh mango, melon, papaya, oranges, etc. After such a big lunch, the camp takes a break from 2pm-3pm. This allows all of us to rest during the hottest time of the day. Then at 3pm it’s back to the field!
After a long day’s work, we return to camp at 6pm for chai time. This is when we sit around the table and drink chai (tea) while discussing the day’s events and watching the sunset.