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A Bittersweet Last Day

Clinician's Brief

May 2016

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A Bittersweet Last Day

Day 12

Today was our final day of work. We spent the day hiking around Mount Soche’s steep slopes. At the beginning of the day, we had decided as a group to meet at the top of the mountain for a “Hurrah” picture. However, we experienced minor technical difficulties—let's just say the mountain was quite large and Fred had to come save us. (Thank you, Fred!)

Tonight, we celebrate! We have a special dinner planned with festivities (possibly a band and maybe pizza!). Tomorrow, we travel by bus to Liwonde National Park to wrap up our trip with a safari. We will be sleeping in tents. Although perhaps not sleeping much, after hearing about the warthogs around the campground and the long-distance trek to the bathroom.

In all seriousness, working with Mission Rabies for the past 2 weeks has been an amazing experience. I am incredibly grateful. Saying goodbye to our local friends today was tough, but Yamikani and I have added each other on Facebook and have exchanged email addresses. I am grateful for the friendships I’ve made on this trip, and will miss working with this great team.

Thanks for reading, and happy trails!—Jessie Foley

JESSIE FOLEY has a degree in veterinary technology from Cedar Valley College, as well as a degree in advertising and public relations from University of Arkansas. For the past 2 years, she has been production editor for Brief Media. She was previously on the veterinary nurse team at University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Foley led Brief Media's efforts to build a team of volunteers for the Mission Rabies Mega Vaccine Drive in Malawi, Africa, and has joined the team in Africa.

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