Kwa heri East Africa

Trip Start Nov 19, 2004
Trip End Dec 06, 2004

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Sunday, December 5, 2004

Amy's friend Pam and her boyfriend Eric graciously gave up their day to meet us at the airport and show us around Nairobi.  Most impactful was a sobering walk through the Kibera slum, where raggedly-clothed familes live in mud and tin shacks.  We got lots of stares, but a smile would always be returned with a happy grin, and maybe even a shy "Jambo".   Again, children were intrigued by us, and a couple of the braver ones walked alongside or behind us, with one little girl holding each of our hands in turn.  This concept of trustingly initiating physical contact with a stranger seems so unique to this part of the world, at least in my own experience.  These moments - the smiles and warm greetings, the way eyes lit up when a greeting was offered, will stay with me for a long time after I say kwa heri to East Africa.
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