Kenya Travel Stories, Page 6

Video in Hagere Mariam Ethiopia of Market

Video in Hagere Mariam Ethiopia of Market
I am in Kenya now, however wanted to show the market in Hagere Mariam Ethiopia, it was fun, there were many children following me around.

It was not until Nanyuki, Kenya that I had adequate internet café to publish six videos, I will slowly publish the past videos on the Travel Journal for the next few days.
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Hagere Mariam Ethiopia
I am now in Nyahururu, Kenya
East Africa
Friday, April 10, 2009
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I find the best market are never talked about in the Guidebooks, the truly local markets without a trace of tourism are the best.

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Video in Hagere Mariam Ethiopia of Market


Nyahururu Kenya

Nyahururu Kenya
I spent last night in Nyahururu, Kenya, a small village on a higher elevation of Kenya. It was supposed to be 2500 meters above sea level, after it goes above 1700 meters the nights become a little too cold for comfort, however the days are normally ok. Kenya is dry, therefore rather nice, if the climate was wet, it can be rather miserable. This is the same altitude as Quito, Ecuador, or Cusco, Peru, however truly warmer than those two cities.

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Nyahururu, Kenya
East Africa
Friday, April 10, 2009
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This map shows my travel path West towards Uganda, I will go down the mountain today towards Nakuru and spend the night. Ever since leaving Isiolo, the land as turned from brush covered desert to rolling hills covered with wheat and other crops. There is not a lot of water, more a dry climate, similar to large stretches of Northern Texas, USA, or maybe dry parts of California irrigated, however not irrigated here. It is nice, however nothing to write home about, and for sure not a place that I will remember.



I stayed in the Safari Hotel in Nyahururu Kenya, a grand name, however truly has nothing to do with Safaris unless you call this sheep tied to the sign related to Safaris. On the other hand, maybe, there was no water in this Hotel, except from 7 until 11 pm maybe, and in the early morning. I guess they shut if off, so if you went on Safari, there would probably be problems with water, so there is some relevance.

I later left on a bus and a woman on the bus told me that Nyahururu, Kenya had no problem with water, and this was probably just a way to keep people from staying too long. More or less the Hotel in Nyahururu, Kenya are transit Hotels, for sure, they are not Safari Hotels.

I notice many sausage carts in the streets, as I understand there is a meat packing plant here in the city, and everywhere I went they was selling sausage. I am brave, I am adventurous, but to eat a sausage in Kenya is suicidal.

Nyahururu Kenya


Travel Tip on Water Clarity Test

Travel Tip on Water Clarity Test
I have a friend in Thailand that refuses to buy drinking water from plastic bottles that are not clear. This is probably good advice, if you cannot see look at the water you are drinking, maybe you should not drink it.

How about showers, when is the water clear or clean enough to shower?

Public water systems are great, however when people pay for water, they will often find ways to not pay for water.

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Nyahururu Kenya
East Africa
Friday, April 10, 2009
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I was recently in the Riverside Hotel in Nanyuki, Kenya; I have been debating with myself now for the last few days. The Hotel is next to a river and as best I can tell the city has a public water system.



I have this bucket; it was made by cutting off the top of a five-gallon vegetable oil container. Now, many people think this is silly, however truly I know it is brilliance, I cannot remember the last time I had a cold shower.

Nonetheless, I was filling up this bucket in the Riverside Hotel room when I observed the water. Even though I had a stand up shower, I will still fill up the bucket, the water pressure was bad in this Hotel, and therefore a good dip shower is often better than a no pressure shower. With this system, I also am able to heat up the water to a better temperature if needed.



When I looked down into the bucket of water, it looked murky. This is highly unusual, I had notice the water in the toilet looked cloudy, so I decided to take a dipper of water directly out of the tap and see what it looked like.

The water is muddy looking, it looks like the water on the boat in the Amazon River, it truly is not clear or clean in appearance. I believe the Riverside Hotel was pumping the shower water directly from the river into the storage tanks to avoid paying for city or public water.

My bucket allowed me to discover this situation; it is hard to say whether it is a problem, however for sure it is not the best situation.

Skin fungus is a problem for traveler, a reason why people should try their best to take very hot showers.

What do you think is this water safe and healthy for a shower; I know I am not drinking it?

Travel Tip on Water Clarity Test


Nanyuki Kenya

Nanyuki Kenya
I recuperated after being tortured by riding for 27 hours on back of a truck from Moyale, Kenya to Isiolo, Kenya in Nanyuki, Kenya. The elevation outside the door to my Hotel room here in Nanyuki is 1968 Meters above sea level. The city of Nanyuki, Kenya is just about on the Equator, therefore at this altitude we had warm days and cool nights, a truly great climate.

I am a quick study, I become a regular visitor to local restaurants, stores and I meet many people quickly.

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Nanyuki, Kenya
East Africa
Thursday, April 9, 2009
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This is the Riverside Hotel in Nanyuki, I paid 600 Shilling per night or roughly eight US Dollars and had a spacious room, with a German neighbor by the name of Martin next door who promotes a Masai Lodge and is very German.

Say Hi to Ann at the Riverside Hotel, she is one of the managers, and yes of course say hello to Mary the tall and attractive cleaning girl. Mohamed sells tours, speaks good English and would love to help you climb Mount Kenya.



There is an Internet Café below the Equator Chalet Hotel; the name is Digimax, say help to Mercy. There is an excellent grocery store below this Hotel; I think the Hotel is probably overpriced.



This is my favorite Restaurant for Breakfast; behind it is a KenChic that is good for Chicken and Chips. If you stop into the Breakfast Restaurant, drink some White Coffee and say help to Grace and Hellen. Tell Hellen her hair looks better in braids than straight.

Nanyuki Kenya


Verizon BlackBerry Storm Kenya

Verizon BlackBerry Storm Kenya
I am in business in Kenya, Africa.



I am the owner of an “internet business,” my name is Andy Graham, I have a world famous daily Travel Journal. I am in Kenya, East Africa right now and I have one primary goal, to allow readers to see what I see in real time. To allow readers to travel with me on my never-ending perpetual journey around this small planet called Earth. I have been doing this for 11 years; this is not my first day on the job.

While in Kenya, I have used the “Verizon BlackBerry Storm” 100 percent of the time to send my daily post.

Yes, I could talk for hours about what is wrong this tool, however as the owner of an internet-based business, I can honestly say,
“The Verizon BlackBerry Strom keeps me in business in Kenya, Africa.”

Verizon asked me to review the BlackBerry Storm, and I have to say this Data Service that allows me to have unlimited internet access connect me to the world, it is great.

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Nanyuki, Kenya
East Africa
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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I am tired of technology. I am annoyed with computers. I have IT workers, I sometime think they are crazy, and of course, they think I am crazy, why would I fight against technology.

Do this, do that, it is easy, aagh, people have told me for years a computer will make my life easier, and however I spend hours, weeks and months learning how to use these tools of business.

What is my job, in a nutshell; I walk around, take a few photos, return to my room, open my computer and write a story about the photos. Upon completion, I connect to the internet and publish the story.

THE EASY PART
“I walk around, take a few photos, return to my room, open my computer and write a story about the photos.”

THE DIFFICULT PART
“I connect to the internet and publish the story.”

Imagine you have an important meeting; you make this great PowerPoint presentation on your computer, complete with links to internet pages. You worked all night on this preparing for this meeting, you are ready, and you pack up your computer and leave for the meeting when you arrive…

There is no internet.
There is no electricity.
They are not open, the meeting has been moved.
All the workers are out to lunch.

This is my daily global internet experience, this is what happens daily., walking into an Internet Café in Kenya is like playing the lottery, I have a one in five chance it is working.

The Verizon Data Service gives me access the internet using a company called Safaricom here in Kenya. This service is not perfect, it also has gone down for about eight hours while I was in Moyale, Kenya, however the great part, I did not need to walk to the internet café to check, I just turned on the BlackBerry checked the signal. Tantamount to checking to see if you have a cell phone signal, I can also check to see if I have a data signal. I am saving hours of frustration, I am able to enjoy my travels more, and search for internet access less, what a windfall.

I am in an under-developed country, however by dealing with Safaricom direct; I am doing business with the best of the best in Kenya, Africa, not the local yokels.

They have arranged deals in 200 countries that allows me unlimited access. Although the service did not work in Ethiopia, it should work in Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Today my plans have changed, I am going to roam around the world in the Verizon list of 200 countries, and wait for the others to come on board.

Note, that I still use my computer, however upon completion, I take out a cable, connect the BlackBerry to my computer, transfer the photos and a Microsoft Word document to the Blackberry, the proceed to publish the information.

This is not simple, however if you are reading, then you must realize it is possible.

It is 6:07 AM here in Nanyuki, Kenya, I am connected 24/7, life is good.

Thanks Verizon, I am in Business in Kenya, Africa.

I am still visiting the internet café, trying to upload videos to YouTube.com, however now the whole experience is more enjoyable, more of a want, and less of a need.

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

Verizon BlackBerry Storm Kenya


Moyale Kenya Video of Camel and Round House

Moyale Ethiopia Video of Camel and Round House
My main objective of this video was to record the round houses without being obvious. The locals so not mind me making videos of the Camel or the children in the video, however if I just start point cameras at their homes they can become angry.

These homes are evolving quick with the introduction of plastic, it becoming increasing difficult to find this type of home make out of organic materials. Plastic sheeting is quickly becoming a popular roofing material on homes that were often nomadic in design.
I would estimate that this type of home only has about 30 more years or about one human generation before it become close to impossible to find.

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Moyale, Ethiopia
Published from Nanyuki, Kenya
East Africa
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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Bag of Potatoes in Isiolo Kenya

Bag of Potatoes in Isiolo Kenya
I was strolling through the Isiolo, Kenya food market when a gentleman passed me carrying a large bag. Nothing new, people are always walking by with large somethings, the 2-wheel cart has not found it’s way to Kenya, labor is so cheap they do not even buy carts.

Well, I looked at the sack, I see a few potatoes poking there way out of the bag, I look down the length of the bag. My mind starts to compute and I quickly pull out my camera and zoomed in to take this photo.

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Isiolo, Kenya
Published from Nanyuki, Kenya
East Africa
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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I am farm boy at heart, I know construction, when I see a boy or man carrying a bag of grain on his back, I know how much it weights. When I see a boy pile two bags of concrete on his back, I know how much it weighs.

I am not so good with Potatoes, however this bag must weigh close to three hundred pounds, at least double the mans body weight.

This is a tremendous amount of weight for one person to carry.



Here is a good photo of Kenya kitchen supplies being sold in the same market, the plastic containers are for carrying or storage of water. I am not sure what the boxes are for, this is one of the first times I have encountered them.

Bag of Potatoes in Isiolo Kenya


Alcohol Stops Smells Bath Travel Tip

Alcohol Stop Smells Bath Travel Tip
In the USA I can purchase hand sanitizing liquids, I can purchase special made wipes for cleaning my face or body. I am sorry, they normally do not sell these type of products on the other side of the planet, therefore I use the next best things, pure alcohol.

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Nanyuki, Kenya
East Africa
Monday, April 6, 2009
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I would love it if you washed your face, armpits and other smell parts of your body… please. I have to sit next to you in buses, trains, and planes, sometimes you really do stink.

You need to be careful, some peoples skin cannot handle straight alcohol, however the majority of people can probably use straight alcohol to try to wash away the smells. Alcohol dries quickly, easy to purchase in most countries, sometimes the Islamic countries are difficult, however the majority of them are easy enough and it works.

It is not always possible to take a shower, it is difficult to wash with soap and water, it is a messy, however alcohol used with tissue and you are good to go.

Note, in you can purchase in the Islamic countries, however the pharmacist will ask a lot of questions and it will probably be expensive.

Health, - Toilets And Showers

Alcohol Stop Smells Bath Travel Tip