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September 12, 2014
Our Safari begins
We were up at 6 AM eager to get started. It was apparent that many safari operators use the Boulevard Hotel as their Nairobi launching point as there were several vehicles loading in front including one massive Mercedes camping truck. Breakfast was at 7:00 and James arrived at 7:30. The hotel …
... animals out there--cacophony is the right word. Before retiring, we filled out a form instructing the staff to wake us when (if) certain animals appear. It was quite chilly in the rooms, but when we returned dinner our bed had been turned down with a large hot water bottle. As it turns out, we slept through the night. No animals appeared except for bushbuck, waterbuck and a lone Verreux Eagle ...
... Kenya in the morning when it's not obscured by clouds is a truly beautiful sight. We have rescued a gorgeous puppy, she is about six week old and was going to be called Jambo (The most commonly heard Swahili word means hello amongst other things) until we realised she was a girl. So she is now called Tunis. Hopefully I will have more interesting things to add now things have settled down a bit and as I explore this amazing country I will try to take you with ...
... picture, picture!' and I obliged. In a quiet moment at the centre, Joe saw a passing herd of cattle, and felt it was a good idea to help a Masai man herd them! He didn’t have much success, which triggered laughter from the herder.
The children also loved cameras. They literally mobbed you for your camera and then took photos with it. Mary continues to smile at everything, even if you wave! Meanwhile, Joseph didn’t really ...
... free rein to run about and
play alone miles from home which was quite refreshing.
Some men even wanted to shake our hands as a white man’s presence there
is pretty rare! I was really touched when one guy came up to us and said thank
you for KOP’s help in building his school in 2009! I'm proud to be part of KOP :) That night, we relaxed in the hotel bar before
a busy following day.