Day 11 - Northbound to Ethiopia

Trip Start Aug 07, 2007
Trip End Nov 07, 2007

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Hair: David Beckham
Beard: Victoria Beckham
Distance Travelled: 1505km
Frame of Mind: Indiana Jonesish

Day 10 - Sijaondoka Nairobi
Didn't quite make it out of NBO.  Instead I ate pizza, botched a repair to my suspension and washed some clothes (I know!).

Day 11 - Did make it!  No real idea where I was aiming to get to.  My itinerary claimed Thika to do a bit of walking, but I arrived there by 8am so decided to continue.  The next on the list was Chogoria, to go up Mt Kenya (or rather a bit of it).  I breakfasted just outside Embu - a feast of mandazi (large triangular doughnut [donut] which are much better in Kenya than in TZ), chapati and actual tea (not chai maziwa - minging [gross] tea made with milk not water). Embu is about 30 mins from Chogoria so I binned that and headed on up to Isiolo. 

The roads were amazingly good and the scenery in the Central Highland region stunning - great, green and a word beginning with 'g' that means hilly.  Arrived Isiolo about 3 after a mammoth lunch (it was cow actually) where I got my 'nusu' and 'robo' confused and ordered enough food to feed a family of four.  I ate it of course.

Kenya is growing on me, even though I do still want to get out quick smart.  The best thing so far is 'kinyeji', which I am positive is colonial.  It is a mound of mashed potato with sweetcorn [corn] and sukuma greens in it.  It's brilliant.

Coming down from the highlands to the north of Kenya yielded some stunning views, a hint of what is to come: much less lush, tumulus strewn desert/savannah.  But, as always in Africa, BIG.  Isiolo has a very interesting feel.  Much more Arabian than elsewhere in Kenya (even the East coast where I always felt they were a bit more 'modern' arabic) and with a very frontier feel to it.  Every second person is chewing miraa (aka qat/quat/khat - stimulant twigs that it is traditional and very good luck to spit all over your interlocutor during conversation) Was feeling a bit dodgy [sick] so just had the two beers and went to bed.  The road ends here.  The adventure starts....
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charlesaclark on

Re: Now then!
Thanks for the message chap. Sounds like you've been worked hard this summer. Make sure you have some time to relax (and escape...just a little!). Good luck with the move and remember to watch out for those ferrets. They can give a very nasty nip you know.

C xx

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