Saturday, July 27, 2019

Kenya: Part 6

March 27, 2019

We drove back toward Nairobi.  Enroute we passed Kibera, the 2nd largest slum in Africa, second only to Soweto in South Africa. Incidentally, this is the place our guide, Eric, the owner of the safari company, grew up.  He talked to us about what his life was like growing up there.  He and his wife are still quite involved in the community.  Their goal is to help as many girls as possible.

You can see the modern Nairobi skyline in the distance.

During our long drives I stitched. ...

One thing I was intrigued by were the Boda Boda.
Think of Uber on motorcycles.  We would see large groups of them
stationed along the roadsides.  I just barely caught the back of this one, transporting
a nicely dressed woman.  I linked about them if you are interested.

And then we have donkey carts...

We visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Orphans' Project

Chris is taking a photo of our group.  See our Safari vehicles?

The babies are taken out into the compound during the day with their caregivers.
When it is time to go to "the barn" there is quite a stampede....

It's dinner time!

These orphaned baby elephants are raised and gradually returned to the wild.
Those of us who "adopted" an orphan were allowed to go interact with the animals and stand near
the track they use to return to the compound.
It was amazing!

There were a group of warthogs running around in the compound.

baby warthog.

March 28th, 2019

This morning we went to the AFEW giraffe centre (rescue organization) in Nairobi.
each of us was given a bag of "treats" for the giraffes.

and we had fun!

Some of us put the treat in our mouth in order to receive a "kiss".

You get what you pay for!

What funny tongues they have!  I guess they have to be long and tough
so they can grab leaves off those acacia trees.

warthogs are frequently found near giraffes.
We noticed this out in the wild.

Next up:
Karen Blixen's home!

Anne and I have been excitedly awaiting this part of our tour!
Karen was from Denmark and Anne is also Danish.

Karen is best known for her books, "Out of Africa", and "Babette's Feast".

Here is Karen Blixen's photograph...

and here are Robert Redford, who played Denys Finch Hatten,
and Meryl Streep, who played Karen Blixen, in the movie,

By sheer coincidence, Karen Blixen had the same Royal Copenhagen china pattern that
Anne does!

What an interesting tour!  I am such a fan of Karen's books and I was thrilled to have this opportunity!
Here is a piece of equipment from Karen's doomed venture as a coffee grower.

One of our last stops on our tour in Nairobi was to Kazuri Beads.
Started in 1975 as a women's cooperative the clay used for their products is sourced from near the base of Mt Kenya.
Their products are found in places like Ten Thousand Villages in the US.

some of the dried clay

the clay sheet press behind our guide

beads drying in the sun

forming, then painting, the beads

firing in the kilns


Anne and I left Africa the next day and headed to Mallorca, Spain, for a few days before heading home.
Kenya left a mark on me.  I fell in love with this place.
I will return.

Thanks for coming along with me to Africa!
Sorry the posts were so long but there was so much to show you.


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