Kenya Travel Stories, Page 5

Kericho Kenya

Kericho Kenya
A person in Nakuru, Kenya said,
“Kericho is Ever Green.”

And this appears to be correct, the city of Kericho appears to be forever green because it is surrounded by Tea Plantations and where there are not Tea bushes planted, there are Evergreen Trees.

As I entered the city my enthusiasm for Kenya grew, here was a village that was the opposite of the desert, somehow green was becoming my favorite color. This city is between 1900 and 2100 Meters above sea level, and it rains a lot in the afternoons, brief showers that turns the city green and keeps the dust from the red soil of Africa to a minimum.

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Kericho, Kenya
East Africa
Monday, April 13, 2009
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This lady standing in front of Tea Bushes is giving me the thumbs up, she was happy to see me, and happy to have her photo taken. Somehow the happiness levels raised in Kericho a truly nice city in Kenya.



These are three girls who work in the Ukwala grocery store, the one on the left is Irene, the one on the right is Belinda, the name of the one in the middle has left my brain. Irene has beautiful hair and we met when I looked at her and brazenly said,
“Your hair is beautiful, is it yours?”

On hindsight, this is not the proper way to meet women, however my curiosity overran my sense of manners. The hair of Africa women does not grow long, normally about four inches is the maximum length before it starts to break off. As I suspected she had hair extension, however there was no way to tell it was not her hair, they really do a good job.

I had many funny conversations with the friendly people in the Ukwala Grocery store, a huge store that appears to owned by people from India, I was curious about the name, they say Ukwala means,
“Those who like Fish.”

If you notice these three girls are stationed in front of the Ice Cream freezer, as they was standing there, the one starts to tell me how life in Kenya is difficult, and not the same as the USA. Trying to put things in perspective I said,
“Yes, standing in front of the Ice Cream protecting it is a difficult job.”
I then said,
“There are worst jobs in life than helping people to buy Ice Cream.”

The USA and the world has an unrealistic view of Africa, however, what is worst, somehow the Africa people believe they are poor and disadvantaged, people continue to tell them and they continue to believe, thereby destroying optimism.

I added another comment,
“Hmm, you do not have Butter Pecan or Chocolate Chip, your life is rough.”
The man comes over and says,
“We have Chocolate Ripple, isn’t that the same?”

Kericho Kenya


Where am I in Kenya

Where am I in Kenya
Take a look at this map, somebody drew lines on it separating the countries, however they forgot to show where the Tribes live. Imagine a map without roads; you would not be able to travel around in the country. I think we say we go to Kenya to learn about Kenya, then we leave off all the names of the Tribes and label all the place where we can see Elephants, I guess Elephants are more important than people.

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Kericho, Kenya
East Africa
Monday, April 13, 2009
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Country borders, state lines, country lines, provinces, departments, districts and words become lines placed on maps to allow governments to know where their right to tax the people ends and another group begins. Or maybe one group says, you get all the farm land, and we get the area along the lake for fishing.

People do not live together in harmony, ethnic rivalry is rampant in the world, and often erupts in violence. Powerful people backed up by armies get together and draw lines on maps; they somehow separate tribes or people of the same ethnic background, forcing cultural diversity to happen when nobody wanted it or even understand why.

I am aware that I cannot begin to understand Kenya until I could look at a map and say,
“The Masai live in this area.”
Or,
“This Tribal groups live here and they speak this language.”

I am not pretending to understand all the languages and ethnic groups that live in Kenya, I am just a tourist, I am a visitor.

I have I know, that greed and the lust of power, coupled up with Religions cause the wars on the planet, mainly because they force ethnically different people to live together because of lines on a map.

Where am I in Kenya


Easter Sunday in Kenya

Easter Sunday in Kenya
My mother asked me,
“Do they rejoice over Easter in Kenya?”

I am from a small farm community in Indiana, where the people work in factories and live on small farms. They have traded their tractor for extra large riding lawnmowers. On Easter Sunday they stuff themselves into Sunday go to Meeting clothes a few sizes to small because they keep growing bigger and go sit in Church.

So what about Kericho, Kenya?

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Kericho, Kenya
East Africa
Monday, April 13, 2009
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On Sunday morning here in Kericho, Kenya I walked about a kilometer down the road towards the Tea Plantations. There was a continuous line of people walking towards large building with music blaring from inside, the small children looking very clean with shiny shoes, I would say,
“Yes, they rejoice in Kenya.”

I am guessing; however there is at least double the number of Churches in Kenya than in small town Indiana. And when there are not enough churches, they have an Islamic Mosque. This has to be the last country on the planet that needs Christian Missionaries. It is sort of like Guatemala, I always wonder why they need Missionaries.

I can only speculate, I suppose the Christians would like to stop the wave of Islamic Missionaries, there is always someone wanting to find the one true God.

“There is no God but the one God.”
"La ilah illa Allah."

I personally believe that God allows confusion, because in confusion a person can find perfection. When a person has never ending faith in good, I believe they start to understand the confusion is needed to make a person choose their path.

Who said it, I think it was the music groups the Rolling Stones,
“Confusion is the Devils only friend.”

However, without the Devil, there is no need for a God.

Religious Travel

Easter Sunday in Kenya


My Kenya Truck Almost Tipping Over

My Kenya Truck Almost Tipping Over
I rode in the back of a large dual axel grain truck from Moyale, Kenya to Isiolo, Kenya. The night before we left it rained, this is a video of my truck sliding in the road, swerving and almost tipping over.

I am presently in Kericho, Kenya and slowly will show all the past videos that were difficult to publish in real time.

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Moyale to Isiolo, Kenya
I am presently in Kericho, Kenya
East Africa
Saturday, April 11, 2009
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What is this BlackBerry Storm

What is this BlackBerry Storm
I have a Hewlett Packard Computer, now I have a BlackBerry Storm, about 13 years ago I had an Apple Newton. I am trying to remember what I called it, I think I called it a PDA, or a Personal Digital Assistant.

I think the BlackBerry is a baby computer, that can make phone calls.

I think we are playing games with names, as best I can understand, they are calling this Blackberry a “Smart Phone,” this confuses me, then what is a Palm Pilot? I am not sure, can a Palm Pilot make a phone call?

I think what we have on our hands is a big fight over operating systems, more or less a remake of the fight between Windows and Apple, however now on baby computers.

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Kericho, Kenya
East Africa
Saturday, April 11, 2009
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I took this photo using the BlackBerry in the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia airport, this war over operating systems has begun, this should make the Windows versus Apple fight look tame, this fight is an attempt to woo all the customers who carry a cell phone in their pocket.

BLACKBERRY IS BABY COMPUTER

This BlackBerry Storm is a baby computer, the operating system is BlackBerry and I can download programs. The same as my laptop computer, using Windows Vista, I can also download programs for the BlackBerry computer operating system. Therefore, I guess if I had an Iphone by Apple, I could download programs that are compatible with the Iphone operating system.

TWO FIGHTS

This is a big deal, billions of dollars are at stake.

FIRST FIGHT OVER OPERATING SYSTEMS

1. BlackBerry
2. Iphone
3. Google.com has one

In the end, we need the programs more than we need the operating systems, without the programs the operating systems become also-rans.

There are many programs for the BlackBerry.
There are many programs for the Iphone.
I am sure Google.com is doing something.

SECOND FIGHT OVER TELEPHONE SYSTEMS

1. BlackBerry has a system
2. Iphone has a system

I think BlackBerry is close to winning the Global Fight, they have negotiated seamless deals where I am able to enter countries and never talk with anyone, just connect. I think Iphone is having problems on this front, they have not made it a Global system, it is still a great for one country system.

These two operating systems work together with companies like Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, so the cost of Data Transfer is competitive.

I am grateful Google.com is in the game, there is a chance we can have some really innovative changes, I am not sure what Microsoft is doing, however they must be playing.

I guess my question is this, which programs are out there now for these small computers, which programs will help my life to be simpler?

On another front, on another brain game, I now know that HoboHideOut.com must somehow create interfaces whereby we can plan along with these three phone systems.

I have download programs for Twitter, Facebook and CNN, and I now am aware, I need to find programs for the small computer in my pocket, I cannot just say, the “BlackBerry Storm” does not work, the BlackBerry is the operating system, I now am searching for the Programs to download.

I want a program that would allow me to import all my Skype.com contacts into my BlackBerry Contacts, this is the compatability I need as a Traveler, and what about the contacts on Yahoo Mail or Gmail.com, there must be a way to synchronize all the contacts.

How long is a BlackBerry good for, my computer is now only good for about two years, after that, the computer is not advanced enough to deal with the new programs. It is hard to believe I should commit to more than one year to any particular BlackBerry model.

Blackberry, - Communications, - Internet, - Skype.com, - Fax, - How to Fax, - Mobile Office

What is this BlackBerry Storm


15 is 50 Travel Tip

15 is 50 Travel Tip
There is language confusion, when non-English Speaking people say the word “15,” it often sounds like “50.”

Maybe 50 also sounds like 15.

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Kericho, Kenya
East Africa
Saturday, April 11, 2009
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I have to be careful when a person is either saying 15 or 50, this can cause a lot of confusion when trying to purchase items.

In the end, if you are truly confused, write the numbers down or find a calculator and type in the number for clarification.

Shopping Buying, - Money

15 is 50 Travel Tip


USA Made in China

USA Made in China
I would not expect you to know this, however the Chinese people are working in Africa, and trying to politically seal up the country so they can have their way. They are installing Water Tanks, building road, helping in many ways and opening up Africa so they can sell their products, they are doing a great job.

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Kericho, Kenya
East Africa
Saturday, April 11, 2009
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I took this photo in Kericho, Kenya, truly a funny shirt and poignantly correct in a global world. China is like a bunch of Indians surrounding the wagon train; they are going to confuse us until they have indeed made the USA in China.

I was fortunate this woman allowed me to take this photo, the Kenya people are generally not willing to allow me take a photo. If you come to Kenya, bring a long zoom lens and do not take photos of people up close. They can be hostile, take your photos from a distance and ignore them; they are taking life too serious.

USA Made in China


Nakuru Kenya

Nakuru Kenya
I am bouncing down the roads of Kenya; I have been changing cities daily. I do not go far, maybe 50-100 Kilometers, however each trip is about three hours because I need to wait for the Matatus to fill up with passengers.

I landed in Nakuru, the fourth largest city in Kenya, and what the Lonely Planet said was a good place to spend a few days. This normally translates to… there are many places to drink.

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Nakuru, Kenya
East Africa
Friday, April 10, 2009
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I thought the city was boring, a huge market of used gym shoes, shirts and pants, nothing of interest, other than an extra large grocery store.



I got a room at the Mount Sinai Hotel, an acceptable Hotel, however I am always nervous in any Hotel that has religious overtones, and “Mount Sinai” for sure must be related to Christian Religions. This was the mountain where Moses received the 10 commandments.

I do not trust Hotels that are too religious in nature, not that this Hotel is even close to being religious, quite the opposite. The more a person says they are religious, the less I trust them. I do not know what happens, however many people feel they are on the moral high ground to steal my money, or cheat me; there is a lapse in justice.
Not sure the Mount Sinai fits in this category, I went out at about 8:00 pm and there was about 10 hookers hanging around outside. I did not stick around long enough to determine which hotel they used to perform their tricks. However, I know which Hotel was the closest to this group of working women.



The Lonely Planet advise people to get a room the top with a great view of the city, therefore when I entered, they escorted me to the top these room, they knew I was coming. This is five floors up and there is no elevator, I am not sure the best advice, however high enough to avoid the women below, at 450 Shillings, the price is fair.

I was not heeding the LP advice, however when I saw the laundry area I was sold, Africa is truly not laundry friendly. A room one floor down would have been cooler and safer, this room is isolated, and anybody could rob it without a problem, water pump motor on the roof.



This is Ann, notice how she is bending over, Africa people seem to always bend over this way. Asians will squat, I am always amazed at the Africans ability to work bent over like this, and I think the shape of the muscles in their butt is genetically appropriate for this stance.

Nonetheless, Ann was a pain; first, she wanted 800 Shilling to wash four shirts, one pair of pants, and some underwear and socks. She wanted two US dollar per shirt or pants, truly an outrageous amount of money.

I asked her,
“Where did you learn to this?”
She says something like,
“I am a Christian, I have a baby, and I need food.”
I said,
“I do not give a F#$K.”

And I truly do not, this sad sack story is old, this is what is called “guilt extortion,” and I am immune. Truly just a manipulation to try to convince me to be stupid.

A fair price for the wage structure of this country would have been 200 shillings. I told her I would wash them myself and just walked away, this was too stupid. She came and opened the door to my room without knocking and proceeded to beg, then said she would do them for 300. I finally said ok, what a mistake, she washed all my white clothes with my red shirts, now I have a pink shirt and pink underwear and sock.

You ever read the book by Paul Theroux, “Dark Star Safari?”

Whatever, I took a small van the next day to Kericho, Kenya, without looking back.

Nakuru Kenya