Travel

The importance of research

I got creative in my research today. After comparing cheap Chinese bikes in Kenya, I checked out some information about motorbikes being sold in South Africa. While I hadn’t originally planned to visit that country, my research found that the motorcycle market in South Africa is more favourable than it is in Kenya. For example, […]

Scheming and planning

Scheming and planning for my motorbike adventure through southern Africa is well underway. After Rosemary (of Rosemary’s Guesthouse fame) made some enquiries for me about the price of the Yamaha DT175 and Yamaha AG200 (both almost twice as expensive in Kenya as in Australia), I have decided to go with a cheap Chinese bike instead. […]

A small hint

Here’s a small hint about the direction my plans for November are taking. A change of continent and mode of transport since my initial thoughts but one the excites me much more.

Getting back into life at home

I’ve been back from Kenya for a few days now. It’s been so hectic that I’ve barely had a chance to do any exercise, let alone feel any jet lag. Here’s how my return to Kenya has looked (note, I’m not complaining – I just can’t believe how much I’ve achieved this week so soon […]

Kenya Day 16 – It started with roses and ended with a kiss

When I arrived in Kenya two weeks ago, the airport staff gave me roses. And now, as I prepare to leave for home, I have received a kiss from a giraffe. A lot happened in the middle. But these two bookends probably best sum up my time here.  

Kenya Day 15 – Final day in Nakuru

It’s my final day here in Nakuru and I will leave with mixed emotions. I came with no expectations and little knowledge about Kenya. I experienced a massive sense of culture shock when I first arrived but leave with an understanding of why some say Kenya is so dangerous for travellers. Don’t let that conjure […]

Kenya Day 14 – Menengai Crater hike

“Andrew!” I look up as I hear my name. A tall solid Kenyan wearing dark trousers, pink jumper, beanie and green Masai blanket waves with a huge smile. This must be Paul, the tour guide Rosemary had organised for me. We shake hands and introduce ourselves before I follow Paul off up the road to […]

Kenya Day 13 – A day at the farm

A cool breeze blows through the hairs on my arms and legs. Starlings twitter in the trees above me as they wait for the tractor to plough up more insects. The sound of voices drifts on the air and I hear Dad and Julius laughing at me. ¬†Apparently Kenyans don’t expect a mzungu to sleep […]

Day 11 – Nakuru Hope Project, Kaptembwa Slums

We’re back in Nakuru after our weekend trip to the Masai Mara. This means we’re back to work as volunteers at Gabriel’s School, which is part of the Nakuru Hope Project. It’s hard work and we’ve been busy at the project from about 9am – 5pm every day. But seeing what the project is achieving […]

Kenya Day 10 – Hunters and the hunted

The cheetah sits in the long grass staring patiently at the impalas. She’s hungry and needs a kill but she knows that a poorly timed attack will be a waste of time and energy. So she sits in the grass and waits. The impalas know danger is lurking but they’ve not yet run away. The […]