Hi everyone, I’m on the road this week, hence the delayed posting and temporary change of style. I’m not going to post a TIA Tale this week as I’m not even in Tanzania, the source of so much of my inspiration!
In fact as I type this Damien is negotiating the notorious escarpment section of the road (quite expertly i should add- he’s really good at Chinese burns!) between Nairobi and Nakuru, where I used to live in Kenya. We’re not going as far as up as Nakuru though, we’re turning off and heading for the magical Masai Mara.
Everyone in Kenya seems to make some sort of plan for the Easter break, hardly any of the ex-pats stay at home. There are so many places to see in this incredible country and with functional roads (you Europeans wouldn’t be impressed but compared to TZ it’s good going!) and really high quality places to stay it’s so easy to take a trip and have an adventure. Where I live in Tanzania we do have the Serengeti and Lake Victoria but there is literally nothing else, in terms of destinations, for miles and miles.
Here in Kenya the rainy season has just begun so the mornings start misty and cold and full of a mystical sort of beauty. The past couple of days have featured torrents of almost violent rain that it’s hard not to take personally somehow! Back at home in Mwanza it would be carrying roads away and forcing its way into people’s roofs, here it does bring down a tree or two and the traffic builds – just like all over the world, any change in the weather, even one as predictable as the coming of the rainy season in Kenya or snow in January in the UK, always causes chaos! But this morning is special, the sun has burnt through the mist and golden grasses are lit up either side of me, whilst the majestic Mount Longonot, a dormant volcano in government reserve land, presides over the vast space. It really is pretty sensational. The only vibrant colour is provided by the bright red of the Masai blankets worn by farmers herding huge horned cows or skittering goats. The only shade is provided by the occasional brave flat-topped acacia tree, iconically African.
Anyway, all this to say have a great break, wherever you are. I’ll show you some pics from my adventures in the next post! Xx