By Victoria Jones, Head Librarian, Middle & Upper School
As the students at Heritage finished summer school, I began to prepare for a trip to Kenya to visit Maasai Mara National Park. As the date for my departure to Kenya approached, I found that I had very mixed feelings. While I have always wanted to go on safari, there was still a huge amount of work to be done for the library at school and summer break was a good time to get it done. There was also a vague, bitter aftertaste every time I said the word “safari”, a term that somehow seems to harken back to an ugly colonial past in Africa. Most importantly, it seemed wrong to be taking such an extravagant trip when I was surrounded by people in such challenging circumstances. So with a conflicted heart, I headed to Kenya.
Below are some of the pictures from my trip. It was an extraordinary experience that I will always remember and cherish, yet my unease remains. At the heart of the matter, seems to be the question of who I want to be in the world: a passive tourist or an active participant. As with much of what I have experienced on my sabbatical, it is complicated and I have few answers.