Bye Bye East Africa

Boo hoo! It’s always time to go! It ain’t Kansas, Toto Crowding the Zebra Crossing Feeding the skeeters Its my last day in East Africa, and while I am quite ready to go home, I am going to miss the good times and fun people of this interesting land, for…

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And the train Goes ‘Pole-Pole’

Another slow day in Africa My pole-pole life African pole-pole life ‘Pole-pole’ loosely translates from Kswahili to English as ‘slowly-slowly,’ and nothing better can describe the African experience. At first, coming from the speedy big Western city, I chaffed at the lazy way everything is done here. Just getting a…

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Just say it.. Mombassa!

Mombasa is the Mack-Daddy Hurry up! Faster! Faster! Mombasa. The name just rolls off the tongue full of exotic connotations. Go ahead, say it slowly out-loud. See, I told you it even sounds cool. Moreover, unlike Dar, although it should have the exact same climate, it actually is cool too….

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Market Day in Kisumu

Homemade charcoal is cheap in the Kisumu market Boda Boda’s Rock! And she’ll wheel & deal Any style, Any Color Today is Market Day in Kisumu, where everyone from miles around heads to the Kisumu weekend market, Kenya’s answer to Wal-Mart SuperCenters. It is also yet another chance to enjoy…

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Humping Up Mount Homa

Mt. Homa is a bitch to climb! Chilling, pre-hike Sweaty & Victorious May I introduce Homa Bay! Here in Kisumu, I am staying with my good friend from DC, Sabeans, and her husband Mark, who is an Army doctor studying malaria, and today we decided that lounging around in their…

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Betting on Saffron at Ngong

I put my 50 bob on Saffron to win! May his luck hold Come on Saffron!!! The day didn’t start out all that promising, when I paid 700 Ks ($10) for a taxi ride to the racecourse four hours too early, but that all changed after lunch. With a full…

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That’s Why They Call It Nairobbery!

Watch your back in Nairobbery I worry with that look she gets taken too and so did they Nairobi has a well-deserved reputation as a den of thieves and con artists, and until today, I’ve been quite immune to their attacks. I always walk forcefully and quickly, and even if…

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No Need for Mojo at Nairobi’s ‘Mad House’

I loved the ‘Mad House’ ladies! wild disco architecture King, energizing defenses Now I should’ve know the disco was going to be an adventure when the taxi driver laughed at our destination, calling the New Florida Club by the local nickname, ‘Mad House’, or when I realized the club was…

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