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    • Day3

      To Nairobi

      October 18, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      An early start in Qatar, leaving at 6 in the morning to the airport, but that didn’t mean it’s cold, 32 degrees as we left. We didn’t have loads of time to get to the gate, partly due to Nathaniel and Mum trying to find something to spend our last Qatari Riyal in WH Smith, but we did make it and had a 5 and a half hour flight to Nairobi. Landing in African sunshine and a much more bearable 20 degree heat was a lovely welcome back to Kenya.Obtaining visas wasn’t half as long as the last time but did still take time filling in all the forms for us all. Then going to collect our luggage, which was a great relief. Getting out of the airport and seeing Jose waiting for us made us feel right at home again here, we even got a welcome from some giraffes soon after exiting the airport. We then had the task of driving to Ken and Maz’s house in Nairobi rush hour, we stopped quickly to buy drinks for the journey tomorrow, but it still took almost 3 hours to get there. We were lovingly welcomed into their home and then went to a burger restaurant made out of shipping containers for dinner while it rained very very very heavily. We went back and played a couple of games, one with shoes and after went to bed after a long day travelling to get some rest for another long day of travelling to Mumias.Read more

      Traveler

      Sounds great glad you got your luggage xx Can’t wait to hear more from Caleb x Anna xx

      10/19/19Reply
      Traveler

      Lovely pics in the sunshine, yay! We are praying for safe journeys onward now you have reached African soil, enjoy the adventure! Lou & Aiden Xxx

      10/19/19Reply
      Traveler

      Great hearing about all your travelling and so pleased Jose was waiting for you. You would be really glad to see him! So pleased all your luggage arrived too. Lovely for you to enjoy time with Maz and family too. Praying for your long drive to Mumias today and trust it goes really well and you will be sure of a warm welcome when you arrive. Thanks for posting all the super photos! Dad Mum G and G xxxx

      10/19/19Reply
      Traveler

      Nice to see you guys arrived safe. May God continue to bless you through your journey

      10/25/19Reply
       
    • Day2

      Nairobi, nous voici

      August 11 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      On est bien arrivées à l’hôtel. Imraan, l’organisateur de notre voyage, est venu nous accueillir et nous a fait le programme détaillé. On va se régaler!
      Les filles sont à la fois excitées … et appréhendent un peu parce que l’idée de se lever a 6 heures la plupart du temps ne les ravit pas d’emblée 😂
      Après une bonne nuit de sommeil, un énorme petit déjeuner et journée tranquille pour récupérer du voyage .
      Nairobi est ville morte encore aujourd’hui du fait des élections générales avant-hier (qui entraîne à priori un exode important à travers le pays, les personnes retournant voter dans leur ville d’origine). On se prépare au départ demain pour notre premier safari!
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      J'ai enfin réussi à me connecter ! J'ai hâte de suivre votre safari reportage. Bisous. [Christelle]

      8/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      J’ai enfin pu trouver un peu de wifi 😅😘

      8/16/22Reply
       
    • Day3

      Made it to Kenya!

      November 29, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Yesss! I finally made it to Kenya! (I actually made it about 5hrs ago) but one of the musicians had to wait forever to get her visa so I’m just getting to the hotel. I’m soooo elated to be here!! I’m super excited but also really exhausted. I think my excitement is keeping me awake. The flight went well! Went by fast. So many babies on board.. screaming and crying.. but I totally understand. I coach my first sectional tomorrow sooo goodnight y’all! 🙏🏾♥️Read more

      Traveler

      Exciting!❤

      11/28/18Reply

      Safe and enjoy

      11/28/18Reply

      Natosha HarrisSo glad you made it safely!!

      11/29/18Reply
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    • Day3

      First full day in Nairobi

      November 29, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Whew! Finally getting in the bed and attempting to get some sleep. It’s almost 3 am here. Somehow I’m still on Chicago time.. but I’m pushing myself to get breakfast in the morning!! I planned to get it earlier today but.. by the time I got out the bed and tried to move around.. my brain was like Nope! Go back to sleep. Lol I slept another 2 hrs. Almost overslept but thankfully I heard housekeeping knocking on the door! Anyway, today was a great day! The city is beautiful! I don’t remember seeing any traffic lights haha. It was an adventure! I coached my first sectional today. Woohoo!
      I’m so happy to be here. My ancestors once lived and thrived in this land. Wow. God is great! Goodnight y’all!
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      Traveler

      This is so awesome Caitlin! You are right, God is so great!

      11/29/18Reply
       
    • Day36

      Day 33 - Habesha Ethiopian restaurant

      May 14, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      When we got into Nairobi Saturday night I had quite a headache that was still with me in the morning. Thought I would be smart and drink a little coffee to open up the blood vessels to work along with the ibuprofen. I had forgotten how awful too much caffeine feels - in fact that feeling is what made me switch to decaf about 13 years ago. The feeling hit while we were on the way to the giraffe sanctuary. It was so awful I thought I might have a real problem so we stopped off at a mall to see if we could find a clinic to get checked out. Tom had had a similar feeling awhile ago when his blood pressure spiked for no really good reason.

      We found a clinic, paid $3.50 to get my blood pressure checked. It was quite high, but it was back to normal in 10 minutes when the nurse checked it again. I also drank a cup of hibiscus tea (Jamaica for our Mexican friends) which works really well to bring the bp down.

      We headed off to see the giraffes a little late, but gradually feeling much, much better. Almost normal a couple of hours later.

      On the way home we stopped to have a snack at a place that makes bronze sculptures - there is a beautiful park like restaurant and it was very peaceful.

      Next stop was at a sister's place. She is an artist (Daphne Butler) who does some beautiful work. We had a little visit and took a look at what she had for sale. She has some original oils, some limited prints on canvas and some poster prints. Mostly of African wildlife. In fact, there is some of her African art hanging in the Bethel - we had one above the head of our bed (unsigned, of course). She has recently been hired exclusively to paint for a Chinese businessman. He gives her more work than he can handle painting whatever he wants her to paint - the current projects were copies of long gone classical artists (subjects like a woman in a robe holding an urn). The arrangement is that she paints only for him and she retains all the copyrights. That way she can make and sell prints. One day it would be nice to get one of her canvas prints but for now our budget allowed for some posters.

      Now on to the Habesha restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner. They arrange the different meets and vegetables over a large pancake of their bread on a large platter. (Injera is an East African sourdough-risen flatbread with a unique, slightly spongy texture. Traditionally made out of teff flour, it is a national dish in Ethiopia and Eritrea). All eaten with the fingers. We also tried their traditional honey wine which was sweetish and a bit lemony.

      Home after dinner, shared a glass of wine and some visiting before bed.
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    • Day1

      Zonsondergang bij Nairobi

      November 16, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Mijn stage avontuur is begonnen!! Woensdagavond 15 november vertrokken vanaf Schiphol samen met mama. In het vliegtuig van London naar Nairobi zagen we een hele mooie zonsondergang. De eerst in Afrika! En vele zullen hopelijk nog komen!Read more

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