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January 18th 2013
Published: January 18th 2013
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Not very accurate but you get the general idea

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Rickety restaurant
OK, been a long time since we blogged from the school at Christmas and the weeks since then has been split into three main parts:

1) Awassa Ethiopia was lovely, escaped the dust of the school town to a nice lakeside setting where we gobbled fish, watched the birds and drank freezing beer. We chilled for a couple of days and got used to being back on the road. Celebrated a non-New Year, it being the 22/04/05 or whatever it was in Ethiopia then be headed off for the road to Kenya

2) The road to Kenya. Now I don't mean to moan or being ungrateful as I know we're lucky to have this time away enjoying ourselves but the road to Kenya wasn't the most fun we've ever had. It took us basically 5 days to get from a nice part of Ethiopia to a nice part of Kenya.

Day 1 - to Dilla, short journey, noisy hotel, no water

Day 2 - 4:30am bus to Moyale, 10 hours, quiet hotel, no water

Day 3 - Crossed the border on foot 50 dollars each, scorching heat, quiet hotel, no water

Day 4 - Road
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The best (and only) thing on the menu. Fish, bread, hot sauce - 90p
of stones (our name for the A2) to Marsabit - 6am bus, 10 hours, all unpaved, dust inhalation, quiet hotel, no water

Day 5 - 11am bus to Isiolo, 8 hours, 6 of which unpaved. Quiet hotel - WATER! SHOWER!

So we survived it, very dirty, very mucousy (sorry), partially deaf and generally battered but, damn, a cup of sweet milky Kenyan chai never tasted so good.

3) Kenya itself. It was a revelation to get into the central highlands. Green, cool, Britishey, mugs of tea, chips, school dinner like meals, amazing English, newspapers, more than just Toyota cars, supermarkets and endless lion king / jungle book views.

We have loved it here so far, got soaking wet at a big waterfalls with a man who missed his old job in a slaughterhouse!, been amazed by supermarkets with more products than in the whole of Ethiopia put together, been on a cycle safari in the (largely) predator free Hell's Gate national park, slept in a hut under beautiful stars and been back to two places we were eight years ago when it all began.

All in all Kenya is great, the people are disarmingly friendly
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The last nice place in Ethiopia
and you can't argue with seeing hippos, giraffes, zebras, colobus and vervet monkeys, warthogs, buffalo and antelope without putting in a whole lot of effort.

We are both well, likely be in Uganda within the week, enjoy the snow.

Love to all. C&A. x x x

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Marabou StorksMarabou Storks
Marabou Storks

The (up to 5 foot) undertaker bird
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Kenya achieved

Looking back at Moyale, Ethiopia from Moyale, Kenya
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Kenya day 1

This, multiplied by ten hours
Post day 1Post day 1
Post day 1

Feeling a bit wonky

No water in the hotel but a chapati and kipper tie does wonders
Kenya day 2Kenya day 2
Kenya day 2

Multiply this by 9 hours
Downtown Samburu countyDowntown Samburu county
Downtown Samburu county

Amazing place, nightlife is something else
And we're inAnd we're in
And we're in

How to celebrate getting off the road of rock.....mmmm...popov
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Thompsons Falls

The beauty of this place was appreciated a little more after the endless dust
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Getting it done

Colonial surrounds, Tusker beer...boom

18th January 2013

Great to hear from you. Makes you appreciate water I guess. We have more than enough of it here. Scenery looks fantastic. Made a snowman today! Lots of love from the Wotton crew xxxx
18th January 2013

great pics and writing. more plz.
enjoyed reading about the post-travel relief. photos awesome. keep them coming. travel well & stay safe. r& c x
3rd February 2013

Happy 3rd Wedding Anniversary!
Hi Guys, Been enjoying your blogs thus far. Just been listening to Love Songs on Radio 2 and wanted to send our love to you both for your wedding anniversary on Wednesday. Keep safe and well xx

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