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 it once we arrived. There’s a lake, there’s water, but the salt is so thick, it looks more like, More...

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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 Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul, Turkey

After waiting a little longer than I would’ve preferred, we were finally on our way to the boat for the Bosphorus Boat Tour. As a mob, we started walking. And walking. And kept walking. And More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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Walking Around Sultanahmet Square Looking for a Place to Warm Up

After visiting the Blue Mosque, we walked around the tourist area, checking out the other landmarks. In the plaza area near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, there are these obelisks and other cool structures. More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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Visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

The main attraction in Turkey is the Hagia Sophia. For me at least. When we finally made our way around the corner to visit the historic site, well, about a hundred or two other people beat us to More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
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You’re My Favorite Person In The Whole Wide World [5:45]

A colleague introduced me to an app called Songify. It was as if the creators were thinking about tone deaf daddy-daughter duets like this.  More...