Visit to the Blue Mosque

The main attraction in Turkey is the Hagia Sophia. For me at least. When we finally made our way around the corner to visit the historic site, well, about a hundred or two other people beat us to it. It wasn’t so much that the line was so long — and it was hella long — but it was freezing cold and standing still wasn’t going to help.

So, we meandered across the way and greeting us was an even more impressive, albeit less historic, site — The Blue Mosque. Magnificent [and I don’t usually use that word].

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Quick Walk Around the Block from the Hotel

There is no such place as a major city without a McDonald’s [well, except Nairobi]. And we Americans, even when we’re in foreign countries and are open to trying foreign foods and experiencing the foreign experience, well, we like McDonald’s.

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Is trying the McTurco burger trying out new foods?

It’s always interesting to see what we consider cheap fast food in America treated differently in foreign countries [KFC delivers in Nairobi, Kenya]. If we had known that McDonald’s delivered, maybe we could’ve kept warm in our room.

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Delivery guy preparing to deliver those McTurco burgers in Istanbul

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Taking a Detour on the Way Back Home

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The worst part of traveling is having to say goodbye. When you first get a on a plane to go to wherever you’re going, there’s an excitement, anticipation that grips you as you embark. When you’re facing the same route in reverse, it’s meloncholy. The trip home isn’t the same.

This time, though, we did something a little different.

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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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Elanaz Hotel Makes Turkey Visit Perfect

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I don’t know what it is about Turkey, but I already love it. Maybe it’s because I read the entire history of the Ottomans. Or because this tiny waterway was so sought after, empires went to war for it. Over and over. It has such a rich history, every time you read a new book, you learn something new.

The first thing that caught me off guard, just leaving the blazing hot sun near the equator of Kenya, was how cold Turkey was. For whatever reason, I thought it would be more mild, but it was freezing cold! First thing we bought in Turkey? Ear muffs! more…

More 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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Day Trip to Lake Naivasha

If it were up to me, I would’ve stayed in Kitui for several days. Though one of the more remote places we visited, not much to to other than Nzambani Stone which I’ll probably not want to climb again, I like Kitui. It’s about as authentic as you can get when visiting Kenya where most people saunter out into the game reserves or lounge on the beaches of the coast.

But, Nduku’s family was intent on heading out to the Great Rift Valley, a quick day trip on the other side of the country. I was hoping to see the great migration, but maybe another time.

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