I’ve finally managed to get through all of the safari pictures from Amboseli and the Masai Mara and posted them to my smugmug page. Enjoy! The Masai Mara http://photography.jbwoodruff.com/Travel/Kenya-2012/20121216-Masai-Mara/ Amboseli http://photography.jbwoodruff.com/Travel/Kenya-2012/20121214-Amboseli/ Lake Naivasha http://photography.jbwoodruff.com/Travel/Kenya-2012/20121208-Lake-Naivasha/
If there was one reason to move to Nairobi it would be the weather.
Shan and I decided to spend the weekend outside of Nairobi to enjoy neighboring Naivasha. Our goal was to enjoy Hells Gate National Park and see some hippos. What we got was so much more. We booked a night at the Mt. Longonot Lodge based on the notion that I thought it’d be cool to… Continue reading Weekend in Lake Naivasha / Mt Longonot Lodge
Besides the hours and hours of work I put in I decided today to go a step further. The introduction of beer pong. We all had a blast and I showed them why I’m feared at many tables around the world (not really). I think this will soon be a weekly thing.
An exciting day out the windows of 88mph. First a small protest and now camels.
This was the sight out in front of our office for an exciting one whole minute today. Apparently the Kenyan government has passed a law that matatu drivers hate. As such, the natural reaction is to protest and walk down Ngong road with leafy sticks. After doing some research it enacts the following: Life imprisonment… Continue reading Matatu Drivers Hate These Leafy Sticks
Dumbfounded? I was. On our way to Hell’s Gate in Naivasha, we passed this sign on the highway. Turns out it’s for a non-alcoholic beer.
Yep, I live this close to work. Part awesome, part sad.
The Chinese have been building Kenya a nice new highway. I’ve been told that people are having to relearn how to drive in a place where such high speeds are possible. Given the current driving habits of most Kenyans I fear that highways are more of a curse than a blessing.
Just to clarify, I’m ok, safe and the bombing was on the other side of town. On Sunday a bomb was placed on a public bus and as such killed 7 and wounded 30 or more. These attacks are taking place due to Kenya’s hand in fighting the Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia. This has… Continue reading Bombing in Nairobi
We’re in one of the rainy seasons. Can’t seem to figure out which, but that means it rains pretty much every day in the evening/night. Check out the downpour in this video. These regularly last for about 30 min to an hour.
In case you’re considering moving to Nairobi, Kenya here are some things I find I’m missing most. It’s not a long list. Shannon is at the top of this list. In no particular order: Fast Internet (think back to dial-up days) Driving Good hamburgers Ordering a beer/coke and expecting that it’s cold Drinking water from… Continue reading Things I Miss
Our daily Swahili class this morning was focused on telling time and we found out an interesting fact. Here’s how you’d say it’s 7am: Sasa ni saa moja asubuhi. Let’s deconstruct this sentence. Sasa = Now. Ni = Is. Saa = Time. Moja = One. Asubuhi = Morning. Now you’re probably wondering the exact same… Continue reading Telling Time in Swahili
I came across a blog post from last year from the Elephant Watch Camp. It’s a sad story, but highlights a reality that still exists in Kenya. Not sure how/when/if this is going to stop. I spoke with a local my first week here that didn’t seem to think poaching is an issue. Seems like… Continue reading Sad Elephant Story
Big 5 Breweries (same bar that’s in our building) is putting on Oktoberfest this weekend just across the street at the Impala Club. It’s a 3 day, beer, music and food festival. We went last night and were greeted by a power outage. After about 30 minutes the power came back on and we were… Continue reading Oktoberfest in Nairobi
I was just watching a news story while eating lunch and learned an interesting fact about beliefs on albinism in Kenya. There are some who believe that the body parts of people with albinism are magical and therefore will pay for them. As such, there are some who will attack these individuals, cut off various… Continue reading Persons with Albinism in Kenya
In case you were wondering, thought I’d share a little bit about the weather in Nairobi. It’s actually quite nice right now. Every day is just about the same with highs in the low 80s and lows around the low 60s. Nairobi’s elevation is 5,450 which helps keep the temps down throughout the year as… Continue reading Nairobi Weather