General Observations (or thaaaat's all, folks!)
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
23Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Where I stayed
Nairobi, Methodist Guest House
Michael apparently has often not been invited by his passengers to join them for lunch, not included in their gathering, appreciated our doing so – seems automatic! When driving us, he usually turned on Christian radio (316, Think John 3:16!) with mostly English broadcast. He often had great ideas about where to go for lunch, some additional things to do. Always worked hard, filling in empty spaces when we did not need him with Elias' Mission Tours and Travel assignments. He was a treasure, and could get his van into and out of places we thought a bicycle might not manage!
Elias’ Mission Tours and Travel is great service, very able to provide whatever service we need (lodging, arrangements for Masai Mara, etc.) Elias Muigai, phone: 722 862023,, cell: 0722 521683, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; P.O. Box 188, Ruaraka, Nairobi, Kenya
Methodist Guest House a good location. We were booked for "bed and breakfast," since most of our meals especially at noon, were out. We were able to purchase meals here at night, or go next door to The Orchard Restaurant, in the Methodist Hotel and Conference Center, different selection, economical! Methodist Guest House, Oliotokitok Road, Lavington 00603, Nairobi, Kenya, phone: 0722 205784, Or a couple of times we had pizza delivered, the last Thursday Korean pizza, in Nairobi – what a small world it has become!
Our partnership cell in Kenya: (from the states) 011 254 714 083550, or, in Kenya: 0714 083550
We didn’t need the super spray for mosquito repellent to spray on our clothing – apparently only essential for the wilderness experience. Anyone going really wild is welcome to our four cans of spray. Did use our body spray and wipes some, and slept under mosquito nets at Hezekiah’s (Thika area, out in the country) and at the Guest House in Kibwezi, which, btw is greatly improved since last year, according to Pat, and remodeling is still going on. I think we got the super executive room, with a double bed. The others were single rooms, but equally comfortable, we understand.
Ann and Sabrina and I didn’t ever have to use a pit toilet, though Pat did. And only a couple of times in the wash rooms at our stops en route and returning from Masai Mara and at our closing dinner site did we even have a toilet without a good seat. We think we were not really roughing it – and we didn’t have any long hikes either (except for my hike around the boardwalk in the Animal Orphanage – National Park) But Ann and I each have a marvelous Kenyan walking stick – thought about hobbling to the counter and see if we could get special treatment. But ended up having to have them specially wrapped, first shrink-wrapped, then wrapped in a foam container as a special package to check – but everything made it – all of our items, gifts, even a jar of Kenyan honey, along with all of our masks, animals, textiles, Kenyan shirts, and the rest.
Bobby suggested that we need to give Bahati Martyrs a lot of credit for their outreach ministries and the many new churches they have started.
The Partnership seems to be in very good hands, with energetic new leadership. What an exciting African adventure! We are excited to be a part of it all!