September 24, 2012

Day Eight- What’s your Kilimanjaro?

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We all slept much better at the lower altitude. After packing up camp, we took some photos and sang and danced. I gave a thank you speech to the wagumu in broken Swahili which was well received. The hike out took us through rainforest. It was nice to be back in a lush environment again and particularly enjoyed a moment where we were surrounded by blue monkeys. While it was nice to have the gruelling climb behind us, we were sad to leave this sacred and beautiful place.

On the journey home we stopped and had a meal where we were given our certificates for climbing. It would have been sad if any of us had not reached the summit so we celebrated that we all received certificates. It was great to have a warm shower and change into clean clothes.

While this journey is finished, I hope that we do not stop talking about the challenges that people face in life. Recognizing that we all have challenges is one of the best ways that we have to reduce stigma. I will post more photos and videos and will give an update on our fundraising soon.

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