Last day in Kenya

July 14th, 2011

Just a quick note from the Hotel’s computer. We had a fantastic hot air balloon trip this am over the Masai Mara. The huge migration of wildebeast & zebra is on, & we saw them crossing the river, with crocs waiting & hippos guarding… Just like Nat’l Geographic, except there were about 20 tourist vehicles lining the water.
Also, I like LandCruisers better than the hopped-up mini vans we’ve been using….
Off to nap before the evening game drive… While getting ready for lunch, we saw 12 giraffes on the plain, from our hotel window… This is definitely the experience of a lifetime.

Tomorrow, we’re off to TanZAnia, & probably no internet for a while.

Nairobi Kenya

July 8th, 2011

Nairobi Kenya, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

HOLD THE PRESSES- Forget the giraffes- I’m going to be a GRANDMA! Congrats to Pete & Jo!!!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am!!!!

Yes, that’s me feeding kibble to a Rothschild giraffe at Giraffe Manor, where they breed this endangered species to return to the wild. I was amazed at how sweet & gentle they are- and how big!

We also visited Karen Blixen‘s house (Out of Africa fame) and the Kazuri bead factory which employs mostly single mothers, offering them & their dependents a worthwhile job at a living wage and medical care.

Our baggage has finally caught up with us, which is a good thing. (When you live out of a suitcase losing the suitcase is pretty dramatic.) Tomorrow we leave bright and early for the beginning of our safari! Connectivity will be intermittent, but I’ll post when I can…


Hullo from Durban

July 5th, 2011

Internet access is a bit spotty, but I’ve found a place across the st from my digs here- Fernleigh Gardens (aka fawlty towers) They’ve blocked facebook, so this will have to do for now…

Breakfast is served 6:30 am- 8:10 am. They LOCK THE DOORs at 8 AM. If you’re not in- no breakfast for you! And you have to sit @ your own table. We invited a friend (who had been assigned another table)  to join us & the waitstaff went ballistic. If you want condiments (except jam), you have to buy your own, which  are then kept on your table. That said, it is clean, safe & friendly, which is the important part. And thank goodness we’ve found a place just around the corner to get espresso. South Africans tend to drink Nescafe (ugh!).

This is MUCH better than the technical college we stayed @ over the wkend, where we had a room in Block C (no lie!) and I was afraid to take off my shoes. I have dipped my toes in the Indian ocean & found out there are 3 distinct clicks in the Zulu language. Oh, and guys from Swaziland are possibly the best dancers in the world! Even the accountants (or especially the accountants?)

But we were there with Sarina Condello for the Noah’s Child Empowerment Conference. There may be more info on her website, but let me just say it was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever been witness to. The sound of over 300 people singing the “Zulu National Anthem” is unbelievable. And we also had a drumming session (yes, over 300 of us playing African drums!)  The whole conference was to give the overworked, under or un-paid childcare workers a break, some fun and some new tools to use in their work with orphans of AIDS. I’ll have some pix later.

Next stop- Thurs- is Nairobi, where we’ll be staying 2 nights in a very swanky hotel. And then off on safari!

Off to Africa!

June 24th, 2011

Off to Africa!

So, I’ve spent a little over a month in Toronto, which I’m loving. Obviously, the company is part of it, since I’m here w/my… I don’t know what to call him. Sweetheart, beau, boyfriend? At any rate, we’re having a terrific time. And that would be one reason the blog posts have not been as frequent.

We’ve been exploring the city, meeting up w/friends, and getting ready for more travel.

This one is a doozy. We’re leaving Sunday for about 3 wks in Africa. First up is a wk in Durban, South Africa where he & his work partner are presenting at a conference. Then, we leave for Nairobi and take off on a 2-wk safari!!! Yes, that’s right.

We’ll be seeing all kinds of animals & it’s also migration season for the wildebeests & zebras. And we’ll be stopping by Olduvai gorge, where some of the oldest human remains were found. Typical of me, that & the flamingos are what I’m looking forward to the most.

To get ready, I’ve been watching Planet Earth DVD’s & getting lots of immunization. And yes, I have bugspray & malaria pills. And a camera. I think I’m ready… I hope I’m ready…