I don't like vuvuzelas

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
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Trip End Sep 26, 2010


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Monday, June 21, 2010

So here I am back in Nairobi for a few weeks.

I have spent most of the last few weeks relaxing and of course enjoying the World Cup. It is very exciting and now the semi-finals are upon us soccer fever in Africa is getting pretty wild. I've watched almost every single game and it has been very exciting. The atmosphere at the clubhouse or the theatre is pretty nuts! I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly curse the vuvuzela. This thing seriously sucks and is way too noisy, I can only imagine how terrible it is on peoples ears that are at an actual game. But whoever started selling the earphones was on to something. Smart plan. But the guy that invented this vuvuzela... not cool man, not cool.

So I have spent most of my time on that, but I've had a few other adventures as well. I was taken to little tiny Somalian restaurant by my friend Cliff and we had some food called tipps which is basically minced beef in a very spicy sauce piled on top of a MASSIVE crepe like pancake thing. You tear off bits of the pancake with your hand and use it to scoop up the meat. Pretty nice!

I also managed to make it to the Nairobi National museum for a visit to the snake park. Saw tons of snakes, tortoises, lizards, chameleons, fish, and crocodiles. They also had a rather large exhibit featuring the elusive ANACONDA. It was pretty neat to see that massive snake.

Another night I was invited to the birthday party of Cliff's gf so I went to that. Cliff tricked me a little bit in that he said it would take 30 minutes to get there but what he really meant was that it would take 2 hours in a minivan filled with 18 people. Yes 18. It was <slightly> cramped, but still fun and worth it. We went out to a beautiful place out in the countryside called Olepoles Country Club. It was situated on a hilltop with a 360 degree view of the beautiful African plains. Dinner consisted of going to choose a goat from the herd and then it magically appeared on our plates a few hours later. Still not used to this sort of stuff!!

I've also found myself in a few awkward situations with the crazy driving in Nairobi. I somehow managed to end up being a passenger in a car driving down a part of the highway with a middle barrier. This sounds pretty normal but we were driving on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic. On a highway... I was somewhat concerned but I was assured that "this is Africa" by Jau and this sort of stuff is normal. I don't consider an 18-wheeler swerving out of our way at 80km/h normal, but whats normal nowadays anyways!

We have also ran out of gas about 4 times while driving, the last time in the middle of the highway, which meant we had to push the car out of the way of the middle of the highway. It is always fun dodging highway traffic. Thrilling really.

Tomorrow I am off to the Masai Mara for a 3 night/4 day safari which should be awesome. I will be right smack in the middle of the great wildebeest migration. It should be amazing.

-js




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