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Flashback Friday – A Place in the Sun

There’s nothing better than getting to go back to my birthplace, Kenya as often as I can and the Masai Mara is one of my favorite places in the world. Here are some of my treasured moments on a safari last year.

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The place we like to go on safari literally has no one as far as the eye can see. It feels like going back in time to when we would safari as a family.

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Masaii Mara

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Masai Mara

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

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Masai Mara

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

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The wildebeest migration is the most overwhelming site to behold.

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

The sunsets in Kenya blow your mind.

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Flashback Friday

The hubby and I are starting to plan our honeymoon and whilst we’re picking a place that neither of us have been, we’ve been reminiscing about previous trips we’ve had together. Here’s some snap shots of a place I know very well and loved sharing with my man.

Watamu, Kenya

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Our favorite lounging spot by the pool at our house on the beach.

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If only you could smell this flower.

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Hard to believe that at some times during the day, the ocean was too warm, so the pool was the more refreshing option to cool down.

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The hubby’s go-to refreshment, the local beer – Tusker.

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The local fishermen came by our house every day with whatever we’d requested the day before. Freshly caught and delicious.

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Our dreamy beach house.

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The ten step walk to the deserted white sandy beach.

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The hubby in his color co-ordinated shirt to match the ocean.

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On our long walk to see family who have a house down at the other end of the beach.

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One of the local fisherman took us out to snorkel at the reef.

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So many fish! It’s like swimming in an aquarium at your dentist’s office.

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The best way to get around is in a tuc-tuc. Very bumpy and very slow, but always very entertaining.

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The only thing you feel like wearing other than a bathing suit. Kikoys! Men wrap around and wear them as skirt, women tie them up around their neck, to make a dress. I’ve accumulated hundreds over the years because of their amazing colors and uses.

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 Masaii bracelets from a previous safari trip.

 

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My Trip to a Masai Village – Kenya

On our most recent trip to my birthplace, Kenya, my bf and I were invited to visit a Masai village. I have been around many Masai before, but never spent a whole day with them on their turf. It was a life changing experience. The way they have stayed true to who they are and the values they hold dear in a world that is ever changing is truly inspiring. It’s always a treat to be reminded that less is very often more: family and a sense of community is all we really need, and traditions are sacred, and worth fighting for. Oh, and a simple balloon or lolly is enough to make a child’s day!

 

 

 

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Smelling the Summer

As summer approaches and I start to bring out my bikinis, all the wonderful memories of my trip to Kenya last Christmas come flooding back. AS some of you know, I was born in Kenya and it’s a very special place to me. Here is a little window into my trip to the Kenyan coast and the “Beach Essentials” I always pack.

 

Smelling the Summer
Some images by Jeffrey Doornbos.
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Our Date with The Elephants – Kenya

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A journey to Kenya might seem like the trip of a life-time, but being Kenyan born, it has been a place where I have often returned.  A regular article found in my bag, is a can of condensed milk.  Not for me, or my long-time friends and family who still live there, but for elephant calves at the Sheldrick Orphanage in Nairobi.  Established in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the orphanage rescues, rehabilitates, and returns to the wild, elephant calves from all over Kenya.

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adopt an elephant

adopt an elephant

These calves have been orphaned due to poaching, and inadvertent run-ins with humanity, such as falling in wells.  Over the years, I have “fostered” many of these orphans, and have watched them with the general public, as they are escorted back in after a long day of grazing, to receive a bottle of condensed milk.

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adopt an elephant

But this year, aside from having the pleasure of bringing my boyfriend “home” with me, to visit my native land, we had the great honor of a private “backstage” tour at Sheldrick, walking with the elephants, and their individual keepers, through the surrounding Acacia groves.

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adopt an elephant

adopt an elephant

adopt an elephant

Seeing the commitment of the keepers, who live with them 24 hours a day (and even sleep in the stalls with their assigned calves), birthed a commitment from my boyfriend, and cemented my own, to support the calves and their keepers.  While the fight to protect the Kenyan wild-life from the evils of poaching, and from the ever encroaching environs of modernity, might seem so difficult, getting involved has never been easier.  For a small donation of $50.00, an elephant or rhinoceros calf can be fostered, by visiting www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.  While my boyfriend and I plan on returning regularly to Kenya, this time around, it truly was, the trip of a life-time.

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Some photos courtesy of Jeffrey Doornbos – www.jeffreydoornbos.com

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