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Back home

Mahale was the most incredible place I’ve ever been, and one of the most incredible that I can ever imagine going.

I’m home – and have been home over 48 hours now – and adjusting to being back here. I refuse to admit that I am jetlagged, or to give into it.

It was hard to leave. I really wish that I could have stayed in Tanzania longer – more time at Mahale, or even more in Dar, and I’d felt the same way leaving Kikatiti. Each place that I was at felt like home to me. I’m planning on going back (for longer!) one day.

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SO MANY CHIMPS

Nkungwe camp is wonderful. Mahale is amazing. SO MANY CHIMPS. Chimps everywhere. It’s fabulous. I never ever want to leave. There’s internet here but I’m not planning on using it much – just wanted to let you know that I’m here, safe, and happy.

(We saw so many chimps today! We walked out to them and then got back to camp and they all followed us back and were here! Alofu and Bonobo and Darwin – who came within two feet – and Fanana and tons of females and… it’s amazing.)

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And… I’m off again (almost)

I’m leaving tomorrow morning, very very early, for Mahale. I’ll be there for five days. I’m going with a tour group and paying a fortune to stay at the luxury camp and spend half my time doing random silly things (like snorkeling, fishing, and bird-watching, instead of chimp-tracking the whole time), rather than just going on my own to Kigoma, renting supplies, hiring a guide and a cook, and going in on my own because dealing with medical issues in Arusha ate up tons of time. I’m very glad I’m able to go, that I am finally going, and I know that it’ll be an incredible experience with the tour group…

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