My Seventeenth Birthday

I spent my seventeenth birthday in Kenya which is not something that everyone gets to say. I woke up and walked downstairs to hear one of the chaperones, Edie, start singing Happy Birthday and I knew right then it was going to be a good day. We got picked up at 8:00 AM to go to Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage. Watching all the baby elephants run out to be fed made me feel overjoyed. After watching the elephants, we went to Maasai Market in Nairobi. At first, bargaining was hard and I wasn’t very good at it, but the longer we were there, the better I got at it.

As we got home from the day we sat together and showed each other what we had bought. Joan, Director James’ wife, made me a special dinner of chicken, rice, and chapati for dinner. After finishing dinner, Joan brought out cake and ice cream. After about 7 tries blowing out the candles, we cut the cake “the Kenyan way.” This trip has been amazing and I know that this will be a birthday I’ll never forget.

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