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Must See While In Kitui, Kenya: Nzambani Stone

Nzambani Stone in Kitui, Kenya

Last visit to Kambaland visiting the lady’s family in Kitui, we saw it but didn’t go visit it. This time around, though, I’m looking forward to visiting the famous Nzambani Stone — the rock that turns men into girls.


Itinerary: Hagia Sophia

I mentioned we were going to visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. My friend, not well traveled, was surprised to hear I had a friend in Turkey — named Hagia Sophia. I get it. I didn’t know about it until I read books about the Ottomans’ centuries of rule and other books covering that historic time period in which the Hagia Sophia essentially served as a backdrop.

So I shared this video with her:


Itinerary: Free Guided Tour of Istanbul Courtesy of Turkish Airlines

Many thanks to my colleague Nitin for mentioning TourIstanbul by Turkish Airlines. Our landing time and take off time will make this a challenge, not to mention you can’t leave the tour when you want, but we’re considering it.

Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines International passengers have a unique opportunity to use their transit time visiting Istanbul instead of simply waiting at the airport. The tours, with English speaking guides, are designed especially for this purpose by TourIstanbul, and provide three timing options every day for seeing the city while in transit.

By offering this opportunity to travelers with extended connecting times, Turkish Airlines once again distinguishes itself from other airlines by transforming a long wait into a delightful discovery of Istanbul, one of the world’s premier destinations.

By providing this service, TourIstanbul also contributes to the global promotion of Istanbul with the support of a number of government and touristic departments. The tours are offered three times daily and are designed to give transit passengers a quick, but interesting overview of Turkish Airlines’ home base. Depending on each passenger’s schedule, tours are offered with the following timings 09:00-15:00, 09:00-18:00 and 12:00-18:00.

Begun in 2009, the program continues to attract more participants each year, with approximately 16,000 taking advantage of the offer in 2013. The growing popularity of the tours is a confirmation that Turkish Airlines brings added value for its customers at no additional cost.

How to participate

Passengers wishing to join need to present themselves at the hotel desk in the arrivals hall of Ataturk International Airport at least 30 minutes prior to the departure of the tour. No advance reservation or booking is required and the tours are free to all eligible passengers.

To participate, passengers must have adequate transfer time to complete the tour. Passengers may not join for only a portion of any of the offerings.

More information on the specifics of each tour can be found at the following website:

Passengers may also consult the competent personnel via the following e-mail address: if there are additional questions.

Turkish Airlines, Inc.
Media Relations


Itinerary: Watamu, Kenya

In just a few weeks, we’re headed back to Kenya. Already on the itinerary is Watamu, a small town between Mombasa and Malindi.

Watamu is a small town located approximately 105 km north of Mombasa and about 15 km south of Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It lies on a small headland, between the Blue Lagoon and Watamu Bay. Its main economic activities are tourism and fishing. The town has a population of around 1,900 and it is part of the Malindi District.

The shoreline in the area features white sand beaches and offshore coral formations arranged in different bays and beach: Garoda Beach, Turtle Bay, Blue Lagoon Bay, Watamu Bay, Ocean Breeze, and Kanani Reef and Jacaranda Beach. They are protected as part of the Watamu Marine National Park. The Marine Park is considered one of the best snorkeling and diving areas on the coast of East Africa. In order to assist the managing authorities namely Kenyan Wildlife Service, in protecting the Park, local community groups, the tourist sector and environmental groups have formed a unique organisation, Watamu Marine Association Members of this group are Turtle Bay, Hemingways, Ocean Sports Resort, Arocha Kenya, Lonno Lodge Mida Community Conservation Group, Watamu Boat Operator, Safari Sellers and women’s group.

The name “Watamu” means “sweet people” in Swahili. The name came from the fact that Arab slave traders used to distribute sweets to entice the local population before taking them as slaves.


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Things To Do In Kenya In Only Two Weeks

As I go from one website to another looking at all the things to do in Kenya, I’m developing analysis paralysis. There’s simply way too many things to do and even two weeks isn’t going to be enough. Especially considering I want to make sure to spend as much time with Nduku’s family as possible not knowing when will be the next time we’ll meet.

The most important goal is for Najwa to meet her family in Kenya. They’ve seen photos, videos and heard stories, but I’m not sure if they know what they’re getting themselves into. Then again, Nduku was their child and I know she wasn’t an easy one!

But in between the family time, I’m hoping to see as much of Kenya as humanly possible. Some of what I want to do I know isn’t going to happen [Turkana anyone?], but there’s still going to be too many wants to fit in the two weeks. Here are just a handful in Nairobi with more things to do coming.


T Minus 10 Days Until We Land in Kenya!

KenyaIn T minus 10 days, the ladies and I will be landing in the beautiful country of Kenya! Nduku will be going home for the first ime since Najwa was born, meaning Najwa will be meeting her maternal grandparents for the first time and I, well, I’m actually speechless.

I have a list of hundreds of places to go, things to do and people to see [Nduku has a large family!]. But if all we did was hangout locally in the Kenyan summer heat, I won’t be disappointed. Najwa meeting her Kenyan family is the priority and entire purpose of the trip.

We’ll be in Kenya for two weeks, leaving next weekend and coming back just before the new year. We got our passports ready, new luggage, money saved, trip to Mombasa booked and I sent an email to Carolina for Kibera to schedule a visit to the clinic in Kibera.

I ordered a used Canon DSLR and 50mm 1.8 Canon lens to record every single moment from here to there. The goal is to blog while I’m there, while the sights, sounds and smells are still fresh in my mind. I think I still have about a hundred photos with stories from the Romania trip I still need to blog about. And another hundred from the Dubai trip.

This trip, though, should get its own blog considering how much content I’ll be shooting, how many people I’ll be meeting, their stories, their lives which they’ll be welcoming me into and of course all the unexpected things a two-year-old does that makes any trip more than memorable.