Date archive for December, 2016
By David Gaines On Friday, December 30th, 2016
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Everything Else About Our Visit to Kenya

When we go to Kenya, we go for two weeks, which may seem like ample time to really relax — that times flies. As soon as you land, it’s time to pack up to go back home. Over the course of those two More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
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Visit to Lake Magadi Where They Were Harvesting Salt (Or Is It Soda?)

After the long ride south, we finally made it to Lake Magadi.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, not really understanding how you can harvest salt our of a lake, but it didn’t take long to get More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
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One Long and Very Hot Journey Through The Valley to Lake Magadi

For the day’s day trip, we headed south to Lake Magadi. Lake Magadi is the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks, north of Tanzania’s Lake More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, December 25th, 2016
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Hanging Out In Kitui With Family Before Hitting The Night Scene

After our trip to the coast, as usual, we had plans to go to Kitui, Kenya, and visit Nduku’s extended family.  This was my third trip out there, every two years, and boy was I in for a surprise. During More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
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Killing Time On a Glass Boat Off The Coast of Kenya

With some time to kill with the kids at the pool with the other grown folk, Nduku and I hoped on a glass boat and took a ride out to the coral reef. Nduku patiently waiting More...

Nduku and Najwa entering the Slave at Shimoni Kenya.
By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
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Our Trip to Shimoni Kenya and a Visit to the Slave Caves

As we usually do when visiting the coast of Kenya, we like to pick a destination off the beaten path to explore. When we were at Temple Point a few years ago, we visited the Gedi Ruins and explored Watamu More...

Najwa and Nduku at Leopard Beach Club
By David Gaines On Monday, December 19th, 2016
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Leopard Beach Club Located on the South Coast of Kenya

This was our third trip to Kenya as a family, and each time, when we land, we head out to the coast for a few days. Previously we stayed in Mombasa at the Severin Sea Lodge, where we also visited Fort Jesus; More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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Time For Our Every-Two-Year Trip to Kenya By Way Of Morocco

As the winter storm warnings were saturating the news, we were escaping to Africa on our every-two-years trip to visit Nduku’s family in Kenya. Just as everyone was preparing for freezing temperatures More...

DC Prep Winter Festival
By David Gaines On Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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Oregon 1st Graders Performing at DC Prep Winter Festival

DC Prep’s Winter Festivals are hilarious to me.  Kids that age just have no idea how entertaining they are, even when they’re not trying to.  Some pour their hearts into the performances, More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
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A U.S. Passport Makes It Official

I don’t know that much about becoming a U.S. citizen.  So when Nduku said she was going to apply for her citizenship, I didn’t put that much thought into it.  She’s been here long enough, More...

Najwa makes Principal's Cabinet at DC Prep
By David Gaines On Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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Najwa Makes Principal’s Cabinet, Explains Why She’s a Hero

For the third consecutive time, Najwa made Principal’s Cabinet at DC Prep. Proud. Proud. Proud. Nduku and I went to the breakfast ceremony where the high achieving students were asked to explain why they’re More...

DC Prep at Lincoln's Cottage in Washington DC
By David Gaines On Thursday, December 1st, 2016
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DC Prep Trip to President Lincoln’s Cottage

Sometimes, when you live in a city, you don’t always know about all the tourist attractions. Just around the corner from our house, little did we know that President Lincoln had a cottage there. It’s More...