MASSAI-How they Warm themselves in the fields

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Today I have the chance to meet some Massai guys out in some fields.
They are a group of youngsters with their herds of cttle.

While walking among some cows trying to get the sound of the animals eating and the sound that birds make flying above our heads on the film, some of the boys are trying to lit a fire by rubbing dry sticks.
They pick some leaves and cow dungs and without the help of matches but just by rubbing they create fire and when I ask why they do this, one of them smiles and tells me that this is a way to keep themselves warm in the fields when they feel cold.
The temperature is between 22 - 26 degrees and this is their winter!!
Isn't it unbelievable! For me it is the perfect climate.  In Kenya the temperature does not exeed 28 degrees the maximu during a very hot day.

Another incident I see today.....Jack, our driver tells me that he cannot drink tap water because it is cold for him, and he is surprised seeing us storing the bottled water we buy in the fridge.
Because we are driving a lot here we always carry some cold water with us.
Quess what!  Jack cannot drink tap water unless it is boiled hot and so he puts the tap water I carry for him and which is already so warm, next to the engine in the front seats where it is very warm (unfortunately) for us....and only then he is able to drink it.

What else shall I see before I say goodbye to Kenya and its people!
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littlekate on

About a driver who drinks only hot water.
One of the Indians I met las summer in St.Petersburg was always wearing a wollen hat on. The summer was very mild - about 20 deg. Once I asked him why is he wearing a hat. He said something like: "...My ears... pain" I thought "poor chap, got otitis in some draft..." Then I asked him more questions and realised that the pain had nothing to do otitis - he suffered the pain every time when the temperature went below 20 deg. Some wrong anatomy or physiology... Of course, in India he never new it is wrong.

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