On the road again, this time adventuring in Rwanda’s East African Community neighbor, Kenya. An hour on the plane from Kigali to Nairobi and the plane touches down outside of a bustling metropolis- like going from Sacramento, a little sleepy, to the noise and jostle of Los Angeles. I’m here to attend and present at a conference, English for Effective Communication (sponsored by Strathmore University), and I’m joined by five other fellows from my program, who I will hereby refer by their countries of work: Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, and, from further afield on the Western end of the continent, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. It makes for answering the question “where are you from?” a little messy.
More interesting information later, but here are a few frames. Our first stop was Masai Mara, a national park near the border with Tanzania, where the clouds were as much of an attraction as the animals. Due to recent events, tourism has dipped low in a country known for its game drives and rolling plains. The six of us managed to get our own tour in a tricked-out matatu, and spent two days stalking the big five from the popped-out roof.
On the road to Masai Mara: Outlook for the Great Rift Valley (I live in R)
Rwanda and Burundi, enjoying a break from R and B
Come chill with a Coke in the Coke Chilling areas (on the road)
Day 1: Red roads of Masai Mara
Top popped, on the road
Day 1 comes to a close [majestically]
Giraffe spotted! Entire car goes silent [cue Toto’s “Africa”]
Burkina Faso + Mexican flag + Masai Kenya (who spoke impeccable Spanish)
East and West, represent! Fellows in a safari matatu
Côte d’Ivoire, our resident future Nat Geo stalker/personal group paparazzo
Next stop, Nairobi and academic things. For now, more clouds.