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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province January 4th 2016

NAIROBI: This morning a few of us visited the KIBERA SLUM, the biggest slum in Africa. We visited a volunteer organisation teaching kids how to use computers. Over 1000 have graduated with Microsoft accreditations, enabling them to escape the slums. A very sobering experience, but an overwhelming part of Africa I think. I have posted selected photos.... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province December 26th 2015

Merry Christmas!!!!! Today is xmas and we spent it crossing the border from Tanzania to Kenya for the 64th country I have visited in the world. Nothing too special about the drive, but when we arrived in Nairobi I, for some reason, was pretty excited by the moderness, or westerness of the city. Before setting up camp we stopped at a mall. A mall! Hahaha most things were closed, but I did stumble upon a brewery. Heeeelllll yeeeaaaahhh!!!!! We only had 20 minutes to shop for water and snacks, but I decided that was enough time to have a cheeky pint as well! A bitter beer was my choice and it went down quickly to match my excitement of this place. Off to camp to find no internet available so I did get a little down ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province December 11th 2015

We arrived in Nairobi at 15:30 on 4th December. We were surprised how small an international airport can be. As soon as we entered the terminal we were met by 5 visa lines which went fairly fast. As soon as we got our passport stamped we were literally in front of our baggage conveyor and as soon as we left that room we were out! We booked a taxi for 2000 Kenyan shillings (about £12) and headed off to our taxi. We could have got a bus for 40 shillings but that would have increased our chances of getting mugged significantly. On arrival to the Meridian hotel we checked in to a very welcoming reception desk. Everyone was really friendly. We headed for dinner after dropping our bags in our room. We got a lovely selection ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province December 1st 2015

Sports days, discos, my class production, Hayley and my Christmas production, Emma’s Christmas production, and then there is normal day to day school and life in general. It’s been a busy term. I’ve struggled at school this year so far, it’s supposed to be easier right? Yet somehow it’s not. I still love teaching and have those days when one of my kids has a breakthrough and those are the days I live for. When the child that was always crying in the morning, doesn’t cry anymore. When the child who struggles with handwriting brings me a piece of work with perfectly joined writing. When I get to celebrate a target that they have reached, watching their faces light up when I make a big deal out of their achievement. All the little breakthroughs, be them ... read more
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Charlotte at Roman day at school
Mildred and her sister Lillian with their babies, Charlotte and Hayley

Africa » Kenya November 1st 2015

Dominant Male Lions in Maasai Mara Male lions playing. Male lions proudly walking to some shade to rest for the day. Cheetah kill from the second day in Maasai Mara (note these are graphic videos) Cheetah trying to recover from chasing down an impala. Cheetah dragging the impala to some shade. Cheetah eating the impala. Giraffe chewing his food - link More Lions Mom having killed a baby wildebeest for her 4 cubs url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province October 26th 2015

10-17-2015 Kenya: Thu do cua Kenya la Nairobi bi Anh chiem dong va duoc doc lap nam 1963 sau 74 nam. Rong gap 2 Vietnam voi 581,000km2. Nhung dan so chi bang nua Vietnam voi 45 trieu dan. Trung binh moi nguoi kien duoc $3,200 mot nam. Tuong doi nhu Vietnam. Nuoc nay nam tren duong xich dao nen rat nong. Vi khi hau am ap nen hap dan cho thu rung nen o day co rat nhieu thu nhu Lion, Leopard, Rhino. Khoang 2 trieu Wilder beast di tu rung Serengete o Tanzania den Masai Mara o Kenya va di vong tro lai theo chieu kim dong ho trong thoi gian la 2 thang tu thang 5 va 6 moi nam. Wilder Beast den Masaai Mara de Mating roi tro ve Serengete de sanh de. ... read more
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Africa » Kenya October 24th 2015

We got our early morning game drive in starting at 6:20. We almost got to see Mt Kilimanjaro but it was just too cloudy. We tried to enjoy the game drive but we had a lot on our minds with the trouble Kenya Walking Survivors had given us. You know that Day 1 post when I said OT seemed like an honest guy. Yikes was I wrong. Again though, for a different post. The morning drive was very pretty. We came across the usual herd animals and a big group of vultures. And then we saw a group of 3 lions. They were all laying out in the open and if another van wasn't already there I am pretty sure we would have driven right by them. They really were camouflaged. They were the main attraction ... read more
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Daring Gazelle
Camouflaged Lions

Africa » Kenya October 23rd 2015

We learned more throughout the day about the rift between our tour company and the camp we stayed in last night. Additional knowledge helped us get past the occurrence and focus on the up and coming. We hit lots of traffic on our drive to Amboseli so travel was slow. Trucks are the only way to move goods in the country and there are few main roads, leading to tons of traffic. When we got to Nairobi, we traveled that same beat up dirt road to get around Nairobi I mentioned on the first day. I asked Francis if the government would eventually just build in to the national park since all these new buildings were there. He said the people had voted and decided the buildings must go and the highway would not be allowed ... read more
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Amboseli Desert

Africa » Kenya October 22nd 2015

We climbed in to the van at 6:20 this morning for our final game drive. After a slower evening drive last night searching for the Leopard, we asked Francis to focus on Cheetah and Lions this morning. We got in to the park and I asked Francis to stop at this scenic view I had been meaning to take pictures of since we got here. Only a few photos in the radio was a buzz and Francis eagerly asked if we were good to move on. When we said yes he floored it. Clearly there was something cool going on, but we didn't know what and had come accustomed to waiting for the surprise. Francis turned down the same road we traveled last night. The same road that we got skunked on the night before. I ... read more
Lioness and her 4 cubs
Four Lion Cubs
Marabou Stork

Africa » Kenya October 21st 2015

We were up bright and early this morning and in the van by 6:00. The big cats are most active when it is cooler out so we were hoping to see them in action. Francis flipped on his radio to listen for any chatter. The guides help each other out by communicating where they see animals. Francis also has a cell phone that is constantly ringing. Not sure if that is wildlife related or personal. We got some nice sunrise photos. I asked Francis to stop for some scenic shots and while taking those a hyena walked up the hill towards us looking very not satisfied with his night. We saw a few more Hyenas and then came across two juvenile male Lions. They weren't active but they were out in the open and awake, which ... read more
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The Kings Son
King and Son Playing




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