THE 14 Waterfalls of Thika in Kenya- A Video

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

We are visiting the 14 falls at Thika this morning.Thika is about 45kms N. East of Nairobi on smooth tarmac. The 14 Falls are a further 20kms away, mostly on tarmac, with only the last 5kms or so being a motorable dirt road.

We badly need to get some rest and breath some fresh air. The dust and air pollution are killing us day by day. Our lungs are full of dust right now.  I feel my thyroid will soon cause me much trouble when back in Greece.  Jack tells us that it won't take us too long to reach the falls. I badly need this break and I trust that we won't cover again long distances in dust.  I cannot bare it any longer!  For this reason we are planning to return to Greece a week earlier.  

We reach the falls and I cannot believe that we did it.  We are here! Wow!!
It was the shortest trip!

The man at the gate sees that I have a camera with me, and the moment he sees it he asks for 600ks. I am really angry, and decide to leave the camera in the car and instead take my digital camera out. For the digital I have to pay  300 ksh.
We take several photos, and we are told that if we move a bit backwards we will be able to see some hippos.
To be really honest I don't care much if we see any hippos or not. We have seen so many hippos and crocodiles all these years that they won't make me feel the slightest difference.
We do go to the point they show us, and we notice them moving under water, however none appears with his head out of the water. 
For us it is fine.....Jack and Ruth are eager to see some but alas!

There are some boys in the round area who are following us. Ruth and Jack are talking with them but we have no idea what they are talking about.  They insist that they take us a photo.
I show them the digital camera and try to avoid them.  In Kenya they still use the old cameras with those Kodak films and Ruth promises the boy with the camera to take all of us one shot. 
We find a nice spot, but to our surprise the boy realizes that there is no film in his camera and he runs to get one. We remain at the spot waiting for him to come.  Kenyan people are so patient!!

The falls are really beautiful but they cannot be compared to Victoria Falls in Harrare which we visited some years ago. 

We are expected to see some people in Uganda while here, and people at the Kili mountain but unfortunately I insist that we leave all these visits for another time.  Also visit the Lake, but travelling in these dirt roads makes our life shorter day after day.  This is killing us.
I am so touched with the kids at the orphanage school that I have nothing else on my mind but  them.  Of course this means that I need to find volunteers who might want to help, but there is so much to be done here! I will write more in another entry.
Besides I am not here to have fun or for tourism.....however the trip we are having today is a must. We badly need this change, and we already feel like it is time for us to leave. We have already talked about leaving earlier last night so tomorrow we shall arrange to go and try to change our tickets.

Anyway, I want to return early this afternoon, and luckily this time we make it.
I need to find time to write and do some washing.  Even cooking. I missed my omelettes with green pepers, onions and cheese.  I plan to buy some on the way back home. There is a huge hen house in the garden, and the 2 girls working for the owners of the house collect several fresh eggs daily.
(Jack was telling me that if you tell a local about making an omelette they will think at once that you are rich) !!!

Before reaching home we stop at a kiosk in the neighbourhood to buy some onions and pepers.
I tell the others that I am going to buy, and I don't want anybody else off the car.
I take a small box and put 10 very small onions and 3 pepers and I ask the lady to tell me the price. She says " they cost 130 ksh"

Impossible I thought, (I had a note of 100, and was hoping to get money back).
I tell her I want to buy less, so I take 5 onions out. I ask again and I see that the lady counts 10 Ksh for each onion and each peper left in the small box.
"This is ridiculous I thought"  ....This lady wants to take advantage that I am a European.
I return to the car and ask Jack and Ruth how much I am supposed to pay and they tell me about 50 Ks. At the same time they smile, and they look at each other.  I am so angry with the lady, that I go back and empty the small box and demand my money back.

Later in the afternoon I send Ruth the girl who helps with the cooking, and I give her 50 Ks. She comes back with the quantity of onions and pepers I had put in the box the first time!
A lesson I got here is,  never purchase anything without a local standing beside you, even from a kiosk in a village.
You will double pay what you buy for sure !!!
This is the first time I experience such a thing after travelling to so many countries all these years. I am really disappointed. I look forward to getting back home.
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Georgia Sugarman on

Lovely photos Poppi.

rossport on

amazing photo's wow i felt like i was right there with you

jack mugo on

Lovely scenes ..hope you will enjoy the visit

Allan on

You certainly get around Popi !!!!!

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