SARAH WANGUI WAIME SWAG
AGE // 25
OCCUPATION // Nutritionist
LOCATION // Nyeri County Kenya
HOMETOWN // Othaya, Kenya
Sarah's smile and laugh lit up the mountain! She proudly represented Kenya and Beads for Education in March 2015, when she summited Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of twenty-five other WHOA women. The following week, she got married...so we like to think of it as the first ever bachlorette party on Kilimanjaro!
Window or aisle seat?
Window all the way. I can't afford to miss the beautiful sceneries.
What are the three things you never leave home without when you're traveling?
1) My super Y320 phone that keeps me updated and has an 8GB memory card that can store more than four thousand photos. And it has very cool country music on it.
2) Bouncy wet wipes (they are comfy) and my tooth kit.
3) My travel bag; it has everything I need.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Listener; so that I could hear what people need to help them achieve.
Would you rather spend a day scuba diving with sharks, hiking in the Himalayas or hot air ballooning in Turkey?
I would definitely go hot air ballooning in Turkey, because I think to be airborne would be really fun.
What’s the hottest place you’ve been to? What about the coldest?
Hottest = In northern Kenya, in a place known as Samburu next to Turkana. Oh, it was hard staying outdoors.
Coldest = Limuru in central Kenya where I was born. It's always cold. I moved away, because I could not bear the cold, but people survive there.
What accomplishment are you most proud of in your life?
I got married to the love of my life, on March 15th, after summiting Kili. which was an adventure that prepped me to be ready for life and the beauty it brings forth. I also completed my schooling; I achieved a Diploma in Clinical and Community Nutrition.
In what moment or trip did you fall in love with travel?
I did a 100 mile walkathon from Isinya to Amboseli with BEADS for Education which was pioneered by Debby Rooney. Even though I was young then, it gave me an adventurers mindset and since then I have always been open to similar opportunities so when I met with Debby in January 2015 and she asked me if I would hike Kili with WHOA travel, I loved the idea and started prepping immediately.
What is the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Where did you eat it?
Bulgha (some weird looking seed, almost like millet). When boiled, it appears like soggy bran and it tastes and smells weird. I only had a spoonful. It was in Samuru in a school known as Lobarisherek primary.
What is your dream adventure?
I dream of one day going to Israel; soaking in the Red Sea, visiting the tomb of Jesus, and traveling the world.
What is your mantra or favorite quote?
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has courage to lose sight of the shore." -Andre Gide