Into The Mara

At the end of August, I was fortunate enough to be welcomed on a trip to Kenya through Langara International Service Trips (LIST). This trip was special for a variety of reasons. We were the first students from Langara to make the trip, as well as the first college or university from Canada to go on a Me to We service trip. On a more personal note, Kenya has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I had been looking for ways to give back after completing my diploma at Langara.

This trip changed the way I want to travel. While I still think I’ll go on fun trips with friends who want to live the tourist life, I can’t see myself enjoying them as much as I did when I was immersing myself in a new culture and learning about the lives of people there.

I wish I was able to take more photos of the people I met and their lives, but when you think about being in their shoes and having a stranger outside of your door photographing you doing what you normally do, it doesn’t feel right. Maybe someday I will go through the small amount of photos I do have and upload them.

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Normally I’m a Canon girl all the way, but I made the horrible mistake of packing all of my camera gear for our trip into the Mara reserve without a battery. I couldn’t believe it. The whole trip I had brought my camera and battery everywhere I was allowed, but the day that I wanted my camera by my side more than anything, I forget the battery. Luckily, a good friend on the trip, Denise, came through for me and provided me with her second shooter!

Nikon D5100 55 – 200mm f/ 4.0-5.6

All photos processed using Adobe Photoshop.