We are 4days into our Kenya trip and I love hanging out with Michael, Trish and Otto. I know I will be sad when I go home. I even miss Otto when he is just having his nap.
Here's a run down on our adventures so far.
When we arrived, Trisha's driver picked us up from the airport. It was the quickest customs I have ever experienced. As we drove towards Trisha's place, everything looked exactly how I imagined Nairobi would be. The two things I didn't expect was the lack of traffic on the roads. I thought it would be jam packed with badly driven cars. The other thing was a thick black cloud of smoke in the distance continuously getting closer as we drove directly towards it. Patrick, the driver, informed us that it was coming from the mall that the terrorists were in and everyone was in shock so no one was driving around. I honestly thought the attack would have been over by the time we got here. We saw some policeman sitting on a roundabout under a tree and Patrick said that the police didn't even know what to do anymore so they had given up with their daily duties.
Hanging out with Trish and her friends over the past few days alone, showed me how tragic this event was. Over 60people have been found dead now over the 4 days that the siege was going on and everyone I talked to appears quite traumatized by it.
The first day we were here, we went to Trisha's kick boxing class. I'm not sure if this was a good or bad idea. One of the trainers is the number 1 boxer in Kenya and he worked us so hard. Along with jetlag and the training, my body has been ruined since then. Yesterday we went to see the baby elephants and giraffes and worthogs. I definitely felt like I was in Africa (or the lion king)at that point. Trisha drove us from the elephants to the giraffes and thought she would take a short cut. She is a great driver but I think she should stick to the main roads next time. We spent about 10 minutes driving along an incredibly bumpy/potholed road stopping for goats and people and half speed humps. Then we turned to go down what, on google maps, says is a shortcut, but turns out to be a steep trench holed and bumpy road ending at a padlocked gate with a motorbike sized road to the side and a sign saying sewerage treatment. After a 3 point turn and slowly going back up the hill, an hour had passed and we ended up going straight to lunch before the giraffes.
Matt branched out and ate a $25 lump of ostrich for lunch which just tasted like steak but it was an experience at least. We went to a supermarket on the way home which was a bit more chaotic than back in aus but we managed to buy the coca cola and alcohol that Matt was craving.
We are getting our meals cooked for us each day which is delicious and I get to play with my adorable nephew all day. It is the BEST!