Lake Naivasha National Park

Lake Naivasha National Park

Departing the shortest deployment ever in the Sahel, I left for Nairobi on May 16, 2012. This would be a good trip for a dual SRMT and HEAT course. The best part of this trip would be the finale after the training. Most of the trainers would take a day to adventure in Lake Naivasha National Park. But the training would be first on the docket. Continue reading → Lake Naivasha National Park

HARD Finale

HARD Finale

Following my vacation in Spain, it was time to get back to it on the HARD response. This would be the finale, the last 6 weeks of my deployment, which would take me into November. There were only a few things during the final six weeks that really stood out in my mind. Continue reading → HARD Finale

R&R – Spain

R&R – Spain

After the safari day with Doug, it was back to the response. The time in Nairobi was pretty quiet and I was beginning to prepare for my first R&R. Instead of returning to Costa Rica, I decided to take my vacation in Spain. Since R&R was a paid vacation all in, why not take advantage of seeing new places. Continue reading → R&R – Spain

Nairobi Safari

Nairobi Safari

By this point I was starting to forget that we were in the middle of a category III humanitarian response. Having had the whirlwind trip from Canada via Costa Rica and a week in Ethiopia, time was moving. Following the week of Hostile Environment Awareness Training, it seemed only fitting to go on a Nairobi Safari! Continue reading → Nairobi Safari

Nairobi HEAT

Nairobi HEAT

Having returned to Nairobi on August 20, I was ready to assist with the Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT). Before the Nairobi HEAT, I needed to settle into my new apartment in Westlands. My apartment at the Gardens Apartments was a two bedroom on the sixth floor of a six story building. The thing with Nairobi, however, no elevators! This meant stairs and lots of exercise…just don’t forget anything! Continue reading → Nairobi HEAT

Kenya – HARD Response

HARD Response

On August 4, 2011, I received the call that I was deploying to Kenya as part of the HARD response. This would be my official deployment with the GRRT. The Horn of Africa Response – Drought, HARD as it became known, was based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Having been on annual leave in Canada when I received the notice, I had to make a quick turnaround. Continue reading → Kenya – HARD Response