Oh, I'm so jealous! What's bringing you to Africa? I had a chance to go to Nigeria this summer, but I've decided to pass it up for a bunch of reasons. But I want to go over there so badly.
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And nanila, I am jealous. Travel plus fun!
Yes! I'm a little scared, too. Five days in the Maasai Mara in tents with no running water or flushing toilets. I have to admit, in some ways I'm a thoroughly modern girl and that sort of thing kind of squicks me.
It's a holiday! The bloke & I have a couple of friends who are aid workers. They've been transferred to Nairobi indefinitely so we're staying with them. In fact, they've kindly made most of our travel arrangements for us. We told them roughly where we wanted to go and when, and they booked flights/trains/hotels/tents/Land Rover for us because it's easier to do from there. Which was pretty damn generous. I think it's also a sign that they may be a little homesick.
Oh, I'm sorry you had to pass up Nigeria. I would have loved to have seen your photos from the trip.
Oooh, I'm so jealous of your trip! So are you going on some sort of business trip or is it all fun and touring? Are you going in a group, or just you and the bloke? And Masai Mara's supposed to be one of the best for game viewing, with perfect timing after the rainy season for the wildebeest migration!
It's purely for pleasure! The bloke and I are flying over with another couple, and we're going to visit a third couple, who are both aid workers in Nairobi. So looking forward to the Maasai Mara. I think the bloke is going to have a hard time of it, attempting to prise my camera out of my hands long enough for me to eat and possibly pay attention to other people. :-P
I sincerely look forward to your post trip posts and photos. How wonderful!
May I point you to some reading before you go. Babycatcher is a blogger who does not write often but when she does it is wonderful and evocative of Africa. She is an American woman who decided to become a midwife in Africa. If you go through the archives you will find her wedding to a local man and many other portrayals of the richness and poverty of African life.
It may give you an interesting pre trip perspective.http://babycatching.blogspot.com/
Safe travelling and enjoy every second.
I'm excited and terrified. This is the most "foreign" place I will have been to in my life.
Thank you for that link - her writing is really absorbing and she seems to have an enormous fund of genuine, quiet compassion.
I thought you would like her stories. If you go quite a way back when she is in Bottom some of the tales are awe enspiring.
Only advice I can offer re travel to foreign climes is from my Dad who worked in Oman:ALWAYS check your footware for scorpions before you put them on.
I got the chills, as if reading about a Very Big Thing. :)
It is! It's so big that I've been avoiding thinking about it too much, as when I do I get very tense with mingled fear and excitement.
Oh, Kenya! How I miss Kenya! I wish I had a list of places to see while there, My only list is of places I think you should never see, like club Casablanca or the Florida club (Although club Tembo is halfway decent, though a ways out of mombassa.) Anyway. I never though I'd want to go to Africa, ever, while I was younger. Now, I can't wait to get back. It's not for everyone, but it's definitely for me.
Hopefully, you'll feel the same.
Also, if they are trying to make you take Larium (Mefloquine) for malaria, DON'T TAKE IT! It makes you go crazy. For real. I've know guys who have killed themselves because of that stuff. I think you can take doxycycline for the malarial strains in south-east africa.
Yeah, I was warned about that by my work colleagues, too. One of them, who is probably the most sane, level-headed person I know, told me she had dreams about hacking people to pieces with knives when she was taking larium. That scared the hell out of me. I'm going for malarone, since it's the shortest course and seems to have the least side effects, at least for short trips.
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You just reminded me to call and check on the last of my hep shots, which were started before going to Thailand, but there wasn't enough time to complete it.
So, wow, how exciting! I wish I were going with you!
Oh, me too! Traveling with my doppleganger == BEST. At least I get to see you in Paris. In barely two weeks. *dances*
Huzzah! How wonderful!
I'm going to sit back and quietly bask in the your travels. I cannot wait to hear all about it.
Diaries will be kept. Photos will be taken, and SD cards kept in my money belt.
Ooh, exciting! (And, owie.) I shall point the darling stateofwonder
over here, as she's currently good-doing in Nairobi.
I'm thrilled. We won't be spending all that much time in Nairobi and probably most of that will be catching up with our friends, but if she has recommendations for must-see places, I'd be glad to hear them.
That is incredible.. I've always thought about going to Africa. I don't know where I would go though. I definitely want to see South Africa, apparently some of my ancestors came from there. The Cape Verde islands are also on my list.
Kenya and Nigeria are two countries I have extreme interest in. I hope you have fun while you are there.
Thank you. I'm hoping that this is just the beginning of a much wider range of travel options. I still haven't been to southeast Asia and half my family's from there. My dad is a first-gen immigrant and I've never been to the Philippines.
Jealousy! I was going to go to South Africa for the World Cup, but quickly rescinded after I found out how much it cost (both in money and in time) just to fly there.
Kenya grows some of the best coffee in the world -- the SL28 and SL34 varieties. Lots of dark fruit and very cabernet-y for a coffee.
I gave up caffeine a couple of months ago but since the coffee is so good there, I'm going to hop back off the wagon for the trip. I'm hoping I'll appreciate it even more after the period of abstinence.
If and when you change your mind in the UK, Square Mile Coffee Roasters (owned by former world barista champ James Hoffmann) roasts some great coffee, and another former WBC winner (Gwilym Davies) lurks behind the bar at Prufrock coffee. For a town known for its tea, London's got one of the best coffee one-two punches in the world.
:-o - I am SO jealous! I hope you have a wonderful time!
Thank you. I'm sure you'll go there yourself one day - you are an adventurous sort!