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Differences Between American and Kenyan Dairy Products and Road Rules

Just a quick note about the differences in our dairy section and Kenyan’s dairy products. See, we have a section of the stores just for dairy, 99.9 percent of the time it’s refrigerated. In Kenya, though, however they produce their dairy products, no refrigeration needed.

I actually find this a bit disturbing, but the eggs were a bit tastier than ours and the butter never melts. Go figure. more…

Kenya Trip Part II: Visiting Family and Friends and All Those Precious Little Ones!

When Kenyans go home for the holidays, it’s common they’ll head upcountry to visit their families. The shags they call it. We call it the boonies. The first part of a trip to Kenya is about visiting and hanging out with family, getting all the sightseeing out the way, the shopping for stuff back in the states and so forth.

The second part of the trip is when everyone catches up with everyone who have all converged on Nairobi after their trips to the shags. more…

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More Jazz at Slim’s

More video from Jazz at Slim’s:

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Who Knew That Kenya Had Such a Funky Jazz Scene!?

Whenever I travel, I’m drawn to the most out of the way adventure I can find. Visiting the sites seen on postcards is cool, I guess, but I like being surrounded by the local, in the locals’ environment, feel how they live everyday with or without the gawkers like me taking their picture.

Nduku, though, I guess wanted to make sure I see the other part of Kenya. The other side of Nairobi. I’ve seen the extreme poverty, drove through Kibera, counted more orphanages than car dealerships, traveled the dirt roads to nowhere, and so forth.

So, we headed out to the other side, to meet up with her friend [the epitome of an adventurist actually; I envy her travels] Vanya at a place called Slims. more…

Paying Premium Visiting the Safari Walk

When you visit the National Zoo in Washington, DC, you just walk right in. Tax dollars pay for it, considering it’s part of the Smithsonian which is managed by the federal government which pays for it all with all that money they take out my check twice a month.

In Kenya, though, they have a different way of funding their zoos. It’s called foreigners.

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Hanging Around Embakasi, Mlolongo, Nairobi, and Trying Out Naked Pizza

After returning from the coast and a day before heading out to Kitui, we had a day to just improvise. There were some errands needing to be run, but I just go with the flow when the Malombe sisters head out to shopping centers.

We stopped by a shopping center in Embakasi, a division of Nairobi on the east side. Kenya’s main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, opened in 1958 and was known then as Embakasi Airport. The lady was explaining to me how much more developed it is now than when she was a kid living in the area. What stood out most to me, though, were how many people just hung their clothes on the balcony to dry. Nothing wrong with it; actually, I found it quite fascinating.

Clotheslines in Embakasi more…

Visiting the Bomb Blast at the Former U.S. Embassy in Nairobi

In 1998 terrorists struck the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania simultaneously. Where there once stood the embassy in Nairobi, there’s now a park and memorial for those who were casualties of the attack.

Kenya Bomb Blast

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Visiting Nairobi National Museum to Revisit Kenyan History

Najwa Gaines

Najwa enjoying the morning sun

I’ve always read books about African history. Books about the continent, individual countries, individual individuals and anything else about how Africans got to where they are today. Naturally, a lot of the books focused on colonialism, the civil wars that broke out after independence, the “Big Men” and the heroes.

Kenya’s past has been relatively free of the strife other countries have endured, some to this day. No Idi Amin, no Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga, no Charles Taylor or Robert Mugabe. No genocides, no military dictators or coups, no militia takeovers.

But, there was the Mau Mau uprising.

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Cousins Blowing, Popping Bubbles

Sometimes when you get a lot of little ones together in one place, it’s hard to find something they’ll all like to do. But one thing seems to always works. Bubbles.

 

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The Grand Tour of Kenya’s Capital City — Nairobi

Just as Hollywood has done an amazing job convincing the world that all of us in America are rich [except the blacks who all live in the ghetto — except Oprah Winfrey], Hollywood has also convinced a lot of Americans that all Africans live in a country called Africa. And they’re all poorer than the blacks living in the ghetto.

Of course my photos from Mlolongo, Kiambu and Wangige doesn’t help the stereotype. And Mombasa, though it has amazing resorts, isn’t quite the most modern city in the world.

But Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is another story.

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