I never expected I’d be in the back of a taxi, in a thunderstorm, on my way to a hospital in rural Tanzania. But there I was, the night before I was about to leave for an 8-day trek up to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on my way to Arusha Lutheran Medical Center.
I’ve come up with crazy plans before so my idea to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro before I started my semester study abroad in South Africa was never out of the question. I found a tour company, booked my flights, bought all my gear, and boarded a plane bound for Nairobi, Kenya where I would stay for two nights before taking a bus to Arusha, Tanzania to begin my trek.