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  On location with Laura
Updated 25 January 2003, 13.25

Presenter: Laura Jones

Countries visited: Malawi, Kenya and Uganda


Was it hard work? Yes! We were filming from 5:30am most mornings and weren't finishing 'til late. But being in Africa and meeting so many amazing people made up for it! It was great fun.

Was the weather hot and sunny the whole time? No, it was the rainy season when we were in Malawi, so we all got very wet. It wasn't cold though, it was warm rain - just like being in the shower!
Kenya and Uganda were very hot though and we had to make sure we drank enough water so we didn't get dehydrated.

Most memorable moments: Spending the night in a Masai village - they insisted on killing a goat to celebrate us being there - which we had to eat! Also listening to the Masai schoolchildren singing traditional Masai songs before school in the morning, overlooking the Great Rift Valley.

Playing with the chimps on Ngamba Island was incredible too - they're so similar to humans. They're lots of fun - they're always pulling faces and laughing and they've got so much energy!

Worst bits: Our cameraman was really sick for two days, which was worrying. Also it was very scary sleeping in a hut in the Masai village, because we knew there were lots of lions and elephants out on the plains. The Masai are more scared of elephants than lions - they say they're more dangerous!


How were the children different to UK kids? The children we met in Africa were generally a lot poorer than children here. A lot of them didn't have enough to eat and didn't have clean water to drink.
They were happy, friendly children though, and were very sharing, even if they didn't have much themselves. They were similar in lots of ways too. They wanted to be happy, they loved going to school to learn new things and most of all they loved football - especially David Beckham and Manchester United!

What did you miss the most while you were away? Sleep!!

What do you like best about going on location to other countries? Meeting so many new people and seeing new things. It was a real privilege to see how people like the Masai live and to feel welcomed in a culture so different to ours.



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