Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Into Africa

When I was living in Mortlake, I got to know a few of the bus drivers, who were unexpectedly friendly for Zone 3 London. One wet and windy morning, I arrived unexpectedly early at the bus shelter where the route started. That day's bus driver was probably my favourite, a Ugandan with an enormous grin who let me alight in places that blatantly weren't bus stops. We got to chatting and he discovered how far I'd traveled in my life in order to end up in Britain (Hawai'i to London).

"Seven thousand miles!" he whistled. "You must have been many places."
"Well, really only North America and Europe," I said.
"You haven't been to Africa?"
"No, never. I want to go, though."
He shook his head. "You have to go to Africa, Miss Doctor [his name for me]. You've only seen where the white people live. You have to see where the black people live."
I nodded. "I agree."

Other people began to board the bus, interrupting our conversation.

That exchange took place nearly a year and a half ago, but I haven't forgotten it. In three weeks, I am going to Africa. I will be in Kenya for a good portion of July. Nairobi, the Maasai Mara, Mombasa and Lamu are all on the itinerary. I think this would make my friend happy.



On a more prosaic note, I'm in the process of getting all my vaccinations for the trip. Thus far, I've been dosed for yellow fever, diptheria, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A & B. Several of those vaccinations were today and my arms hurt like billy-o. I have to go back for a malaria pill prescription and boosters for hepatitis next week. I like traveling, but must it involve quite so many needles?
Tags: africa, kenya, travel
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