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.
Monday, April 13, 2009
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?”