I have to admit I’m pretty impressed with the system they’ve come up with for this tour. Each person gets put into a group of four or five, and we have a chore chart which rotates each group every day for a different chore (packing/unpacking the bus, cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning the truck). We also rotate seats along the bus – each day you rotate one row clockwise. This is pretty much genius for several reasons. Firstly, this means everyone get to sit at the tables in the back of the bus. Secondly, everyone gets to sit in the front where the ride is relatively smooth. And lastly, it means that every day you sit next to different people!
The people in the front left are in charge of making sure everyone is on the bus. There’s this button that they have to push when everyone gets on the bus after a break and tells the driver to go. Today I’m pretty sure we left someone at the Great Rift overlook. It’s difficult to say though, because we still haven’t really sorted out who everyone is yet. Hopefully we didn’t leave anyone back there. And in the back right of the bus is an iPod hookup, so whoever sits back there is DJ for the day. And this is basically our new home for the next six weeks.
It’s funny though, even having only been on the tour for a day, we’ve sort of settled into a routine. Breakfast is dry cereal, some fruit and bread. We pack up our tents and everything else into the truck and then spend the morning driving to our next campsite (We’ll stay more than one day at a couple of campsites, but I’m not sure where). Lunch is usually sandwiches. I have to just put in a note here that old-fashioned mustard – the kind where the seeds are still basically whole – is SO yummy. So anyway, we have lunch, then we do our afternoon activity (game drive today) and then we come back to camp for dinner. Depending on the campsite, they either feed us or our tour guide cooks up something. Either way, it’s delicious and the lack of options has really forced up Kevin’s new food count. I don’t want to disappoint those of you who guessed in the lower numbers, but it’s only day two and I think he’s tried at least four new foods already. And then after dinner we sit around the campfire drinking tea (or beer, or in Kevin’s case, water) and chatting. And then when it gets dark, we put on our headlights and get in our sleeping bags. Then we’re up at sunrise the next day. It’s not a bad life. I guess it’s pretty much our new normal.