Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
30Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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Safari Park Hotel and Casino, Embassy, Stanley Hotel
Next, Eric drove us to the US Embassy and we went past many others on the way. We weren't supposed to take pictures of the Embassy but I might have caught a couple underhanded shots. Then he took us to August 7th Memorial Park. There was a 20 shilling admission fee, but that was probably just to keep undesirable people out because that is only about a quarter. There were pictures of what the Embassy looked like before the bombing and after. It seems that it must have been a huge bomb. There was a stone wall with the names of everyone killed. We hopped back in the car and got dropped off at the Stanley Hotel. This is the site of the Thorn Tree Cafe. This is considered the most famous meeting place in East Africa, even Ernest Hemmingway sat here to watch the world go by. It was Nairobi's first post office in 1902 as travelers would leave messages pinned into the tree trunk. This tree is 3rd generation but is was still pretty cool! We told Eric to give us an hour. We went over to the Chicken House for lunch and it was not very good. The fries were greasy and the chicken burger was old, dry, and seemingly made from pieces parts. I only ate about half. Miles got something that resembled a kabob but it was pretty gross too. The television was on to the helicopter accident and everyone is glued to it.
After lunch we started waling around but people kept bothering us, wanting to give us taxi rides, safaris, or teach us new words
We had a little break, then went to our meeting with Victor, our guide. There are only 4 people in our group. The others are a couple from New Zealand, but they have lived in Australia for a long time now. My best guess is that they are in their mid to late 50's. There were already on a different trip where they got to see gorillas and chimps. That trip was too expensive for us, but sounded really awesome. Victor walked through the rules of responsible travel and some of the expectations. He told us about the first half of the trip but not in that great of detail. At least I know where we are staying tomorrow so I could look it up on the internet. We gave Victor our trip kitty and passport. I was glad to not have that $2400 cash on us anymore. Well, I would have liked to keep the money, but since that wasn't an option I was just glad that we weren't robbed over the past few days. I also became the first kitty manager, but Victor keeps the money, I just have to periodically sign off on what he is spending money on. We went to dinner at the hotel and Miles got carbonara spaghetti and I got stir fry. We each got a soda too. We had the waiter make change for souvenir purposes, then we headed to the computer. I checked our travelpod account for comments, Miles checked his facebook posts and then I looked at the hotels that Victor gave us information for. We headed back to the room to get ready for a big day.