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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

  • Day16

    Day 16: New beginnings

    February 17, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪I have arrived safely in Kenia 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪

    Although I wasn’t sure I would make it. Zanzibar has a very confusing airport ... chances of missing your flight due to missing signs, info tables, staff, unclear announcements are about 50% I would say. Just have a look at my boarding pass 😂

    But I’m here now and will depart with the group tomorrow morning at 6.30 am. It is very likely that I will be off for a few days due to lack of internet ... so no worries 😉
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  • Day290

    Tag 1: Sheldrick Elephants, Giraffepark

    May 20, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Am Morge am 8ti simmer im Hostel abgholt worde, händ üse Guide de Peter und de Fahrer Dave känneglehrt und üse "big yellow truck" zum erste Mol gseh 😊. Es paar wichtigi Infos händs üs schomol gäh bevor mer denn diräkt zum Giraffepark gfahre sind. Das esch ehn Art Zoo wo eim die elegante Riise diräkt us de Hand ässed. Ehn super Ort zum sich mit ehm räst vo de Gruppe ahzfründe 👍🏼

    Nacher simmer ih Sheldrick’s Elephant Park. Die nähmed vo de Eltere verlassnigi jungi Elephante uf wo alleige ned wörded überläbe, versorged sie es paar Johr und setzted sie denn weder us. Mit de Touriste wo bi de Füetterig chömed go zueluege chönnd sie das finanziere.

    Am Obig händs üs erklärt wo im Truck was esch und wie mer üsi Zält münd ufstelle. Denn hämmer chli gholfe choche, händ gässe und denn nomol ehn zimlich langi Erklärig becho wie was sött laufe wer welli Ämtli macht und so wiiter. Mer händ de Obig mit ehmene Bier und ehnere Rundi "Arschlöcherle" loh usklinge.
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  • 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

  • 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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  • Day30

    Day 30: Another chapter comes to an end

    March 3, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    I am really glad that today we arrived back in civilization (Nairobi), but this also means that after Kilimandscharo and Zanzibar another chapter comes to end (Uganda, Ruanda & Kenya) 😢

    I have made really good friends on this trip and I will miss them so much 💛 - only one of them is staying, all the others are flying home today.

    But I have so many wonderful adventures ahead of me that I am also excited about what’s next. Starting tomorrow I will move on to Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe ... and finally South Africa 💛
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  • Day134

    Karen, Nairobi

    September 17, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We’ve spent a relaxing week with minimal driving or activities in this leafy suburb outside of Nairobi. We found an idyllic stone cottage where we were able cook our own meals, watch mindless TV (including John’s cricket (emphasis on the mindless- ha, ha)), read, sleep, clean up and organize all of our stuff so it fits into our small bags. Christy also got a haircut, mani/pedi, and we’ve both enjoyed drinking cold, bubbly water and wine. We were also lucky enough to catch up with Vishal and Sita, who Christy knew from Campbells/Wharton/Philly, and enjoy a wonderful lunch getting the scoop on what life is like here compared to the US and other places.
    Since this part of our trip is winding down and because the Land Rover has been the third character in our trip these past 5 months, we need to take a moment to discuss its’ role in our recent adventures.
    Nicknamed Tokoloshe (a mythical and mischievous bush elf in South African folklore), we’ve written many things about this LR as we’ve been travelling. It’s featured so often in our posts because it’s been our home - functioning not only as our transport, but also as our bedroom, kitchen, and living room. We’ve probably spent 95% of our time, since first getting into the front seat in Johannesburg last May, within just a few yards of the LR. It was very rare for it to be out of our sight at any time during this entire part of the trip. We also have written several times about repairs we’ve had to do along the way and several days spent in mechanic’s yards getting things fixed. However, we’ve put this vehicle through a LOT. We’ve driven almost 20,000 kilometers (about 12,000 miles) through 9 countries over the last few months in all kinds of weather and road conditions. We’ve been through hot, dusty deserts, over steep and twisty mountain passes. We’ve driven through rivers, mud, deep, endless sand and long stretches of tarmac for hours on end. We’ve inadvertently hit multiple potholes at speed and driven over roads made up of endless rocks and corrugations so wide and deep that we started a collection of all of the small pieces of the LR that had been shaken loose during the day and we tried to return each piece to its proper place, often with the help of some duct tape.
    With all of the bad roads we’ve driven, it’s a miracle that we haven’t experienced any major tire issues – just a few unlucky flats early in the trip. We also fed the poor thing some contaminated fuel, but it still did not die or leave us stranded.
    We lost count of how many times we were stopped at police and military checkpoints, but are proud we only picked up one ticket and never paid any bribes. We are especially thankful we did not collide with any vehicles, goats, sheep, cows, donkeys, and - most importantly – hit any humans. With all this torture, the LR still started every morning, without hesitation. Tokoloshe has also been a magnet, attracting people wherever we stop and enabling us meet so many friendly, funny, helpful, generous and interesting locals along the way. So, yes, we are happy not to be driving or camping anymore (although we will miss the experience of camping wild with all the animals), but are thankful to Tokoloshe for enabling us to experience so many great adventures.
    It was with mixed emotions that we said goodbye to Tokoloshe as Jennifer & Gerrit (the Dutch couple we met in Zambia) picked it up and began their 8-day drive back to Johannesburg.
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  • Day27

    Birds of Africa

    October 19, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Not to mention the beautiful birds in Africa, from the lilac breasted roller, kingfishers and bee eaters, to the secretary bird and a multitude of herons and egrets. There are many not so pretty birds too like the vultures and marabou work. This post is for the ones I haven't posted before. I'm a bit vague with the names and some are probably incorrect.Read more

  • Day289


    May 19, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nach ehmene wiitere lange Flug bin ich Gester am Mittag in Nairobi glandet. Ich bi vo minere Tour am Flughafe abgholt und ih es Hostel brocht worde wo morn am Morge mini 38 Tägig Überland-Camping Safari started. Ich freue mich sehr fest uf das riesige Abentüür und bi sicher dass Afrika nomol ganz es neus Erläbnis werd!

    Im Hostel han ich denn au scho paar anderi vo minere Tour känne glehrt und has mit Chartespieli und Kaffi gschafft mich bis am Obig wach z phalte 😅.

    Währed de Tour hani wahrschinlich sehr sälte Wifi, darum werd ich jetzt länger kei Footprint meh chönne schriibe.
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  • Day17


    September 15, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Am 14.9. ist Marius zurück nach Deutschland geflogen und ich habe die Exkursionsgruppe getroffen. Wir hatten fünf intensive Tage in Nairobi. Durch MISEREOR erhielten wir die Chance verschiedene Projekte zu Themen wie Recht auf Wohnen, Berufliche Bildung und Friedenserziehung sowie Menschen, die unglaubliche Arbeit leisten, kennenzulernen. Dabei bewegten wir uns hauptsächlich in informellen Siedlungen und steckten viel im Verkehr Nairobis fest. Die Erfahrungen die wir gemacht haben lassen sich kaum und vor allem nicht zu kurz und knapp beschreiben.Read more

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