City life, cups of tea, hippos and Lake Victoria


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October 2nd 2011
Published: October 4th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

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Cocktail o'clock!
After our busy first week, we had a long weekend recuperating in Nairobi chez Belinda. We spent our time eating dim sum, relaxing in cafes, taking in city views from the top of the Kenyatta Conference Centre and battling through the crazy Nairobi traffic. There was some how time for an unintentional Sandra Bullock movie marathon and a night on the town with the Nairobi Capital FM crew and a Big Brother Africa winner..!

After this excitement, and a heavy dose of DVD watching, we thought it was time to leave Nairobi and headed north to Kericho, and its tea plantations. We spent a relaxing morning soaking up the Kenyan sunshine and enjoyed a local brew before setting off to Kisumu on Lake Victoria.

We thought we were in luck as the bus we jumped on was the Nairobi to Kampala sleeper, so we had big comfy reclining seats with leg rests. However, the road on this section of the journey was still under construction, so we spent the trip holding on, trying to stop our heads hitting the bus roof and keep our bums in the seats!

We reached Kisumu a little bruised, battered and tired, and checked into our really "Sooper" guest house. The next day we checked out the local museum and its scary residents (pythons, cobras, vipers, crocodiles and tortoises - not that scary, but big). We drove out to Hippo Point to find not a hippo in sight, so we then took a boat onto Lake Victoria to watch local fisherman at work and found a family of Hippos swimming near the shore. The locals also showed us some of their catch, including a very ugly lung fish, able to live out of water for a week, and known to eat its own tail if it gets hungry...

After seeing this, we decided a trip to the smoky tin shacks on the lake's shore was in order to taste some local fish with ugali - the local staple dish made from maize flour. We were probably the only tourists in town attracting a lot of attention, and a few shouts of Mzungu!

We left for Kitale to stay with Effie and Celia again, travelling via matatu (local minibus van), after experiencing the chaotic local bus stand where we were swamped by drivers and hawkers selling their destinations or whatever goods they
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City views from on top of the Kenyatta Conference Centre
had on their arms (from food and drinks for the journey to watches, padlocks, jewellery and underwear).

We arrived in Kitale during a heavy downpour, sheltered in a petrol station with the boda-boda drivers and waited for Effie to collect us.


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A relaxing stroll through the tea fields
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Sampling a local brew
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Making friends with an 81 year old tortoise from the Seychelles
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Hippos popping up for air in Lake Victoria
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Lake Victoria
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Yummy Lake Victoria Tilapia with ugali washed down with fanta


4th October 2011

Kisumi
Great pics again. Cant get enough of them. What are boda-boda drivers? Are they the same as tuctuc drivers?
6th October 2011

I LOVE HIPPOS!
Good to see you guys having a good time...i bloody love hippos! where's next? xxxxxx
7th October 2011
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Kerocho
i am surprised the tea plantation looks very similar when I visited many years ago I hope Uganda is ok and you have fun thinking of you guys every day wondering what interesting thing you are doing or looking at We are fine trying to get organised got our trip John
7th October 2011

good afternoon from kitale lunch burbage with mum
Lovely time in all the places you have been. ugali tilapia looked good not fanta wine pls hope uganda is good. Mombasa is good as I was born there.
8th October 2011

Glad you are enjoying the pics. Boda-Bodas are motorcycle taxis. Not tuctucs, proper motorbikes rather than scooters.
8th October 2011

Hungry hungry hippos!
Who doesn't love hippos?! We are in Uganda now. We'll post more soon with our action-packed adventures on our way to the gorillas! Loves to you both.
8th October 2011

We are thinking of you guys lots too and are both looking forward to seeing you both soon xx
8th October 2011

Hey guys, Nice to hear from you. I didn't realise you were born in Mombassa. Jonny's been drinking plenty of beer but the wine is realtively expensive so I've just been sticking to sprite! Love to you all xx
13th October 2011

Hey hope you guys are having fun. The pictures look great! Make sure you bring back some of that tea and keep taking loads of pictures of the wildlife, don't want to just see that animal Johnny all the time! Looking forward to seeing you when your back Take care x

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