Blogs from Nairobi Province, Kenya, Africa - page 3


Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi August 17th 2013

Our last family update was in April, so much has happened. Murrays travel has been hectic, which we were expecting for the first 6 months of his new job, but we are now in the 9th. It’s been an adjustment; we are muddling through and are probably less settled in the new house because of it. Murray is currently in Ethiopia, and wasn’t in the airport at the time of the fire that burnt the arrivals/immigration section down. It has caused delays and over booked flights, which has effected Murray and a lot of our friends. Charlotte finished Year 1 in the British system in early July. She has flourished in her new school, although initially struggling with the big school and the noise that comes with it. She has made a friend at school finally, ... read more
Charlottes Year 1 teacher
Hayleys cultural dance - farewell to Kindy
Hayley farwelling her teacher

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi August 13th 2013

We departed Kakamega at five in the morning(we were supposed to leave earlier but someone had trouble waking up at 330am) , for the long bumpy drive on the rough roads to the capital city of Kenya. Anton, Francis, Our pilot Evans, and I were the rough riders. The drive was a long and tiring one, we for the most part the guys slept, but i had to stay awake to keep Evans the driver awake. We Arrived in Nairobi; navigating Nairobi is a nightmare unless you know where you are going luckily for us Anton knew the city like the back of his hand. Anton attended primary school in Nairobi, before being shipped off to pre-cadet academy. Nairobi’s main city roads are concentrated into large roundabouts rather than controlled traffic lights. These roundabouts cause major ... read more
Kenyetta tower
Mobile Meat Bike

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi August 1st 2013

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Kenya. Wonderful is such a small word that cannot encompass the time spent there. It was wonderful because I had the opportunity to introduce the people with whom we partner in Kenya, to some supporters with whom we partner in the USA. It was like introducing long lost family members…a family working towards the same goal of relieving the pain of the suffering, enhancing the lives of the little ones, and creating opportunities to rise above the desperation of poverty. The best part...this family love each other and accomplishes much through unity. It was an inspiring trip as we met with people that were out of hope that are now living with great hope and renewed vision and dreams sparked into a fire by people that extended a ... read more
Lydia and Amy
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi July 28th 2013

When I really thought about traveling to Africa, I had no idea what to expect. Coming from the Western world and staying in a third world country for an extended period of time (for the first time in my life) was a bit intimidating. But after my first few weeks in Kenya, I can honestly say that it really was not what I expected. And I mean that in a positive way. After my time in Australia, I was ready to have a bit of a break. I know that scuba diving doesn't seem like work, but when you do it all the time, it can be really tiring. Needless to say, I was ready to have some down time after 6 months of training and work. Since it was becoming colder in Sydney then I ... read more
My room
Chicken Coops
Kibera Markets

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi July 5th 2013

As we touched down the pilot announced ‘Welcome to Johannesburg…it is 5 degrees…’ ‘5 degrees’ I thought, ‘even chiller than I had expected!’ Pulling on our jumpers we ventured into the airport and sipping at a hot chocolate each we watched in amazement as a huge ball of red glowed from the horizon and slowly rose up forming a spectacular sunrise. After hanging around for 4 hours we finally climbed aboard our 3rd and final plane to Nairobi. As we landed stepping outside the plane we were hit by heat and humidity. ‘This is more like I was expecting’ I thought to myself. After the drag of waiting in line for a visa we were the last to leave the airport where a friendly chap greeted us called Jimmy. ‘Welcome to Kenya! It is winter here.’ ... read more
Sunrise at Joesburg
Pool outside our Nairobe hotel


Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi June 16th 2013

I'm in Africa for research for five weeks. I was only supposed to be in Nairobi for two days before heading up to the Baringo area, but the research I was going to join there finished early, so I waited in the city waiting for everyone else to get back so we can regroup before heading up to Turkana for phase II of the research. I'll be writing about some of the work we're doing on my rock blog: Today we've had a break from wrapping up the Baringo data and prepping for Turkana, so five of us hired a driver and headed to Nairobi National Park for a day-trip safari. As we waited for our driver outside our apartment at 5:30am, one of the other women declared that we were going to have an ... read more
Baby elephant

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi June 11th 2013

Hey everyone this is just a quick update to let you all know that we have arrived safely in Nairobi, Kenya and have met up with Anita (my niece) and her husband Ryan to get ready for our 30 day overland trip starting Wednesday. We have checked into our accommodation at the wildebeest Eco camp on the outskirts of Nairobi and are staying in deluxe tents. Now when I say deluxe tents I actually mean it this time...yes as hard as it is to comprehend these tents have flush toilets and proper beds so no pit toilets tonight. We will spend the next couple of days getting sorted so will update this blog when we have some news...until then signing off... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi June 10th 2013

Our visit with King Kong’s cousins finished, we headed back into Kenya to see some more sights and to say goodbye to a couple of the guys on the trip, Joey and Clemens. We stayed at a farm campsite, where once again we would witness the might of Zane at a competition sport: ping pong. Whilst none of us quite achieved the legendary status of Forest Gump, from the film, erm, Forest Gump, we did do our best in what light we had to keep the ball on the table and not on the floor. A few drinks followed, and Clemens and I discussed life late into the night, interrupted only by our stargazing friend. Lake Nakuru. Famed for its pink flamingos, rhinos and great scenery. We went for a game drive and saw all this ... read more
Mitch and Clemens

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi May 18th 2013

Africa is big. Very big. Too big for one man to see all of it at once, so I settled instead for just seeing nine countries, which I thought was a fair start. Overland tours are fairly straight forward. You travel on a big truck with a bunch of like-minded people, camping in tents, helping cook, and sampling a wide range of local beers as you go. Most nights are spent camping with a few dorm rooms thrown in for good measure. My trip was for fifty-six days, taking in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. I’ll be blogging each country in turn, and as I am now nearly three months behind, we’d best get started. From South America, I took a flight to Johannesburg. I had booked a room for ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi May 7th 2013

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth (mourning attire) and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” Psalms 30:11-12 We pray this prayer for all those affected over the last month in the sad events happening in the USA. We pray for comfort and that hearts full of sorrow can make their way back to joy. In Kenya the people have experienced such pain as well. Imagine if you will, the little girl that lives a neighborhood away in a dirty little house. Liquor flows more freely than love. Hands that should serve and be gentle act as hands that hurt and bring disgrace. Food that should be on the table is nowhere to be found. The ... read more
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