Date archive for December, 2012
Doug and Najwa
By David Gaines On Monday, December 31st, 2012
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New Year’s at Doug and Diella’s

For New Year’s the ladies and I went to family friends’ house. Here’s Doug playing with the little ones.  More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, December 27th, 2012
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Visiting the Bomb Blast at the Former U.S. Embassy in Nairobi

In 1998 terrorists struck the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania simultaneously. Where there once stood the embassy in Nairobi, there’s now a park and memorial for those who were casualties of the More...

Nduku at the Nairobi National Museum
By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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Visiting Nairobi National Museum to Revisit Kenyan History

Najwa enjoying the morning sun I’ve always read books about African history. Books about the continent, individual countries, individual individuals and anything else about how Africans got to where More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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Cousins Blowing, Popping Bubbles [0:39]

Sometimes when you get a lot of little ones together in one place, it’s hard to find something they’ll all like to do. But one thing seems to always works. Bubbles.  More...

Car Wash in Kenya
By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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Kenyan Version of a Car Wash

Because a lot [if not most] of the roads outside of Nairobi are dirt roads, even a short burst of rain can be devastating. While in Kitui it rained a little, but enough to turn the roads into pure 100% Kenyan mud. The More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
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Spending Christmas in Kitui with Nduku’s Extended Family

After hearing so much about it, there was no way I was going to go to Kenya and not visit Kitui. It’s a small town about 110 miles east of Nairobi. It used to be the capital of the Kitui District in Eastern More...

By David Gaines On Monday, December 24th, 2012
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Observations of the Differences Between Kenyan and American Cultures

Whenever I blog about a trip we take, it’s a habit to blog about whatever I have a picture for. And since I took over 1,500 pictures, I figured there’s plenty to blog about, whenever I More...

Nairobi Kenya Skyline
By David Gaines On Monday, December 24th, 2012
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The Grand Tour of Kenya’s Capital City — Nairobi

Just as Hollywood has done an amazing job convincing the world that all of us in America are rich [except the blacks who all live in the ghetto — except Oprah Winfrey], Hollywood has also convinced a lot of Americans More...

Mombasa Tusks
By David Gaines On Friday, December 21st, 2012
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Exploring Downtown Mombasa Before Diving in the Pool and Riding a Camel

There were lizards all over the resort. I thought it was cool, but Najwa seemed to think they were baby-eating snakes.  More...

Najwa at Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya
By David Gaines On Thursday, December 20th, 2012
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Our First Full Day In Mombasa — Old Town and Fort Jesus

Never in my life did I think I’d be at a beach during the holidays. But since Kenya straddles the equator, winter in America is summer in Kenya. Instead of near freezing temperatures, we were being scorched More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
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Reaching Mombasa and Checking into Severin Sea Lodge

Just as we made it to the outskirts of Mombasa, the road got really bad. Actually, the road was bad all the way to Mombasa. When we got there, it got worse. I mean, it was like riding on a rumble strip for about More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
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300 Miles of Kenya’s Countryside from Nairobi to Mombasa

Just as soon as we were recovered from 16 hours of traveling with a restless child, we were back on the road for a 6-7 hour road trip to Mombasa. Mombasa is Kenya’s second largest city, a resort town on the More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
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Najwa Meets More of Her Extended Family

If you’re visiting Kenya, there are a ton of things to do, places to visit, activities and events to experience. It’s one of the few African countries free of a violent and bloody past saturated with More...

By David Gaines On Monday, December 17th, 2012
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First Stops In Kenya: Mlolongo, Kiambu and Wangige

I was so excited to finally be in Africa, to be in Kenya and to meet Nduku’s parents that I couldn’t sleep. Well, maybe if I put my head down, but I was afraid I’d wake up when the city was shutting More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, December 15th, 2012
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Embarking On Our Journey to Kenya

Traveling abroad with a child is always an adventure in itself. This time we left late at night, planning our flight time around Najwa’s sleep time. We flew Turkish Airlines and though there were More...