Friday, September 27, 2013

Making my list and waiting

I have a reservation in Nairobi at a guest home in the city. I think it will be a good place to stay.  I have contacted both of the schools I hope to visit but have no definite times yet.  I'm sure that the attacks have put many normal activities on hold. I am also sure that dealing with the emotional confusion of young children will be a challenge in every school.  I remember how difficult it was in school after 9/11. My visit is probably not high priority at the moment, even though the initial contact was warm and welcoming.

I have also made a list of places to visit.  I want to see the fossils of early man uncovered by the Leakeys in the Nairobi National Museum. And the Nairobi National Park is also essential. I expect I can find a market that sells African textiles.  The Sheldrick Trust Rhino Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre sound worth a visit as well.  I'm sure the week will fly by.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Terrorism and travel

It is a strange feeling to read about a terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.  I had looked at that mall and decided that it was too upscale for my shopping when I am in Nairobi.  I am more interested in a market where I can bargain for African fabric.  I am definitely NOT interested in being a target of a terrorist attack.  I already knew that there was a State Department warning for the northeast part of the Kenya on the Somali border and decided to go ahead with the trip back in June.  I am not ready to cancel the trip, but I am approaching the experience with more trepidation.  The danger seems to be more than bad drivers, malaria and bacteria in the water.  Adventure involves facing your fears and finding ways to take smart risks.  I am still ready for adventure.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Less than a month to go

Today we did some shopping.  I got an LED flashlight that I hope will do the trick when the electricity goes out at night.  Apparently electricity is often intermittent in Africa, so having a light is essential.  I also found some good shoes that will be comfortable and versatile for walking in the city and elsewhere.  I bought a travel purse/bag with is like Peter's with a sturdy cross strap and room for my iPad.  I think I can also carry my camera in it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013