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Monday, July 7, 2014

Kenya, A Brief Visit

 

 

Despite warnings to avoid travel to Kenya, we decide to “YOLO” and make a brief visit to Nairobi as a part of our African vacation.

A friendly welcome from an Immigration official and sixty dollars later we have three transit visas for 72 hours. Before long we are driving the streets of Kenya and making our way to a local hotel with the help of an employee from our rental car company riding shotgun.

 

IMG_0139Checked into our hotel we are soon off to an elephant orphanage.

A lunch break at a mall that has airport type security and military soldiers walking around with guns then it is back to the streets of Nairobi.

 

 

Missing unmarked speed bumps turns out to be fun as every now and then we go airborne as I fail to see them in time to slow down. A few stops for what seems like misguided direction and we end up at the Giraffe Center.

 

IMG_0151Here we learn about our long necked friends and I don't miss the opportunity for a “Giraffe Kiss”.

 

 

 

 

 

A somewhat personal tour of the property and we get to spend sometime with a few race winners. Seeing their top speeds I just don’t know how they win every time against the hare.

 

 

IMG_0159African Leopard Tortoise

 

 

IMG_0003Back in our hotel neighborhood it is time for dinner.

At a local restaurant we have uagli (a cornmeal staple), roasted goat leg and cold beers as we join a few locals to cheer on Ivory Coast in their World Cup match against Greece.

 

 

 

IMG_0013Although our visit was brief we look forward to returning to Kenya and hope its internal turmoil will only get better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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