Blogs from Nakuru, Rift Valley Province, Kenya, Africa

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Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru October 22nd 2013

Being back in australia is so surreal! All I can think about is my next trip and I've been back for only a few hours! It was so sad saying goodbye to everyone at Ronaken. The teachers worked all morning putting together an assembly to say goodbye to me. Each class had a little act, singing or reading and presenting me with a hand print of one child from each class with a little message to go with it so I had a 'little representation of everyone in the school' as one of the teachers tony put it. The whole school was taught a song that basically said 'goodbye dear dear mollie we love you so much' over and over again, there's a video of them singing it on Facebook, it was the most amazing thing ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru October 4th 2013

My second last week in Nakuru and at Ronaken has disappeared in no time at all! The weekend was spent with Laura exploring the three big lakes, Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria and Baringo. Saturday morning, Jumah, a volunteer with the local Red Cross, showed us the area around the outside of Lake Nakuru National Park, and the suburb (which is just next to Langa Langa where I work) where he was born and grew up. He also managed to sweet talk the lady at the gate to let us in for a quick look, saving us the 4000ksh entry fee! Lake Bogoria is where the famous flocks of flamingos are living at the moment so it was pretty spectacular, the photos do it no justice! Our amazing driver Zac got the price for entry to ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru September 27th 2013

I thought it was about time I wrote something about my work, seeing as its the reason I'm here. I've been mainly working in Top Baby class, which is children aged about 5-6yrs. most lessons the teacher will take and the kids will come to me to mark their work ango for help. it's the cutest thing whthe they get everything right and I write a 'good work' or ':)' on their work they go dancing around showing all their classmates with the biggest grins on their faces, one little boy George even has a little dance he does! haha. it can get very frustrating sometimes trying to explain to them what they've done wrong or the right answer, especially in lessons like social studies where we do things like matching the word to the picture ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru September 17th 2013

So much has happened in my first two weeks I'm Kenya I don't know where to start! I arrived in Nairobi exactly two weeks and one day ago now, to see just tent after tent on the tarmac for the international arrivals and immigration! There was a fire a few months ago that took out the arrivals terminal so that made for a bit of a shocking arrival. But I was met by Paul from Projects Abroad and taken with two other volunteers to a guest house in Nairobi with no problems at all. Throughout the night something like seven other volunteers arrived from various different countries and flights, it was great to be with so many other people who had just arrived to share all the new sights with and finally meet those I'd been ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru September 17th 2013

So much has happened in my first two weeks I'm Kenya I don't know where to start! I arrived in Nairobi exactly two weeks and one day ago now, to see just tent after tent on the tarmac for the international arrivals and immigration! There was a fire a few months ago that took out the arrivals terminal so that made for a bit of a shocking arrival. But I was met by Paul from Projects Abroad and taken with two other volunteers to a guest house in Nairobi with no problems at all. Throughout the night something like seven other volunteers arrived from various different countries and flights, it was great to be with so many other people who had just arrived to share all the new sights with and finally meet those I'd been ... read more

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Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru September 1st 2013

So as my time here in Kenya is winding down and I prepare for my next part of my adventure, I started to realize there were some things that I wanted to be sure to see before I leave Africa. And thus, Sam and I decided to venture off and go on our own little safari to see some new animals. We set off to hit three main lakes in Kenya: Nakuru, Bogoria, and Baringo, all of which had a little something special to offer. However, being a foreigner sometimes has its downsides, and in this case, ridiculous entry fees. At our first stop in Lake Nakuru, Sam paid a mere 300 shillings ($3.50) while my tickets was 74,000 ($75). Since I'm coming to the end of my trip and thus the end of my money, ... read more
Buffalos
Flamingos
On the Equator!

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru October 13th 2011

This isn’t a touristic Masai experience at all… but this is the circle of life where life and death is happening on a regular basis, and you have to struggle to survive… like Darwin said: “The strongest will survive” and this is how it goes in middle of the Savanna. The conception of “living” isn’t existing because you have to survive and taken wrong path could lead you to death. Living takes a lot of effort and you’ll understand that nothing is easy in middle of Savanna where wild animals are going on instincts and trying to survive as well. So it wouldn’t help to talk nicely and friendly, and get a compromise with a lion or an elephant in the middle of nowhere… you are just a small human being and a tasty bite for ... read more
Sunset over the village
A fresh life
The spear goes everywhere

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru July 11th 2011

Nach einer recht kurzen, aber anstrengenden Fahrt erreichen wir die Stadt Nakuru. Mit einem Mopedtaxi fahren wir die 8 km hinauf bis zum Rand des Menengai-Kraters, von dem aus der Krater 500 m tief abfällt und man einen wunderbaren Ausblick hat. Der Krater fällt so steil ab, dass er immer wieder Selbstmörder anzieht, und früher sollen die Massai ihre Feinde hier hinuntergestürzt haben. ... read more
Am Krater 2

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru March 31st 2011

Matatu- mini bus/ public transport here in Kenya... only way I can describe is like the clowns in a car trick. When it looks full people find space. The conductors elegantly and skillfully hope in and out, contort their bodies to fit around the doors, like skilled tube riders, and whilst on the move easily slide open the doors! Nuts but an experience.... that was half an hour away to town.... tomorrow one to Nairobi, I am told however they can't overcrowd those, small mercies! The older boys are back from school for Easter, yesterday Sammy took me on a bike ride- he had been back all of an hour before we cycled to the garage to see some of the boys working (the garage is part of Sure 24) then went off on an adventure ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru March 28th 2011

New visitors= a new chance to go to the dump site and it was a lot worse today. With the start of the Long Rains the smoke and burning plastic were gone and the stench of rubbish and abundance of flies were so prominent. This is the comic relief style Africa where small children are so unphased by the swarms of flies on them and their clothes, hands and feet are so grubby that most British parents would have a fit and begin attacking them with Ariel and Dettol. This is the place where even the bin men drive around like kings, transporting rubbish in garbage trucks but knowing that what they carry is literally a life line for the people that live there. All it is is the waste of Nakuru, but it is worth ... read more




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