My Trip to Kenya – Part 1of 3

My Trip to Kenya Part 1

I’ve wanted to visit the African Continent for as long as I can remember. I finally did earlier this month for two weeks. Right off the bat I have to say two weeks is not enough. I wanted to visit two countries Kenya and Tanzania. I ended up just visiting Kenya. I’ll visit Tanzania some other time. The country is overwhelming there is a lot to see and travel days took a lot out of me. I only made a small dent in the things I wanted to do because I needed rest days in between and that is the reason I know I need a lot more time if I ever go back.

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I purchased a super inexpensive roundtrip airline ticket for $312.00 deparing from Washington DC to Nairobi, Kenya. Since I originally planned to also visit Tanzania I got a yellow fever shot, tetanus booster shot, and typhoid booster shot. I also got malaria prevention medication. My insurance only covered the tetanus shot. These shots and the malaria pills cost more than the airline ticket.

Took an overnight Megabus on 31 May to DC. Arrived 1 June, spent the night and boarded my plane the next day 2 June, at 1730 for my trip to Kenya. The first leg was from DC to Detroit. Second leg Detroit to Amsterdam. Third leg Amsterdam to Nairobi. Met up with my friend and her daughter at the airport in DC. We would spend the first week of the trip together (since they were only there for one week) and I would spend the second week solo.

We arrived in Nairobi the night of 3 June to a downpour. My friend has T-mobile thus she wasn’t roaming and was able to get an Uber to take us to our accommodations. Beautiful accommodations she had secured through AirBnB. We got drenched walking to the taxi. I choose to see it as a welcome shower. After getting out of our wet clothes and settling in for night we were able to laugh about it.

DSCN3931We hit the ground running the next day with a full day’s worth of activities. Again my friend being the great organizer that she is linked up with some other folks who had hired a driver for the day so we joined them and shared the cost. We visited the Nairobi National Park, The Giraffe Center, the Elephant Rescue Center and the Kazuri Bead Factory (the clay beads are individually hand-made by women). At the end of the day it was again Uber to the rescue to get us back to our accommodations.

DSCN3927 DSCN3929The following day Friday 5 June, we went out to breakfast at this trendy restaurant in the city. Later that day a Kenyan friend came over to cook us an authentic Kenyan meal. It was simple, filling, and delicious. We talked right through the night. Good food and great company. It was a wonderful day. 10245517_10206026515575604_4946323654790946136_n

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Trusting the Universe

Even when it seems like the gods are conspiring against you the Universe is aligning things in your favor. If you go with the flow and take advantage of the opportunities which are placed in your path everything works out for the best in the end.

I took a four nights/three days trip in February to La Vegas with one of my best female friends. We had a wonderful time. We probably could have engaged in a few more wild activities (well there is always next year) but all in all it was a fun time and I was happy to spend time with her. We hadn’t seen each other in over a year. At the end of the trip she got out fine but my flight was cancelled. I reserved another night at the hotel and rebooked my flight. The final leg of that flight was also canceled because of an ice storm in Atlanta. Instead of panicking I put on my thinking cap and went into action.

The first leg of the flight was to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I remembered I have a friend who lives in New Jersey on the border of Philadelphia. I gave her a call to find out whether I could spend a few days with her. She said yes. Second plan of action, call up the airline and reschedule my flight for a later date. Mission complete at no extra cost. Instead of worrying and going back and forth to the airport each day trying to get out with the hundreds of people whose flights were also cancelled I get to take an extended vacation. I had nothing to complain about.

It’s like the Universe knew what was about to happen, or knew it was about time for a visit to my friend in New Jersey. I say that because my friend and I had lost touch for a number of years and had only recently gotten back in contact with each other. A mere few weeks before I didn’t even have her phone number, then right before I’d need it her sister reached out to me on Facebook and helped us reconnect. Everything happens in its own time if we are open to receive it.

A New Year, Embracing Life, and Turning 50

I welcome 2014. I intended to post this at the beginning of the new year, however I never got around to it. Now, I’ve turned around and it’s already 21 January. I’ve already listed my goals and aspirations in an earlier blog enter so I won’t hash it out again here.

I had a travel list as long as my arm for 2014. I have cut down the number of countries I’m visiting but I’ll stay in each country longer. After spending three months in Panama last year I realized I love slow travel. It gives me better insight into that particular country and allows me to participate in the everyday life.

I’ll be fifty years old in February. I’m elated to have lived this many years so far. There are those who choose not to celebrate because they dread getting older. I think of those who did not live to this age and I rejoice on the anniversary of my birth because I’m always glad to be alive.

It was my intention to have an all out blowout with a rented venue, caterer etc., etc., to celebrate this milestone. I scaled down that plan however. I decided just having a party with family and friends is celebration enough, I don’t have to break the bank to do it. It will still be festive and hopefully everyone in attendance will have a good time.