Tag archive for  ‘Kenya’
By David Gaines On Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Taking a Detour on the Way Back Home

The worst part of traveling is having to say goodbye. When you first get a on a plane to go to wherever you’re going, there’s an excitement, anticipation that grips you as you embark. When you’re More...

By David Gaines On Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Smithsonian Folklife Festival:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Featuring Kenya was a No-Brainer for Us to Attend.

We’ve been to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival several times now. This year, though, was a special one. One of the featured countries — Kenya. Najwa in her Kenyan made dress. You can tell the More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Passport DC:
Kenya Finally Opens Doors at Passport DC

Finally! Kenya has opened the doors to its country for Passport DC! There was a poster with photos of each tribe in Kenya in full tribal gear. Nduku’s tribe: Kamba. We visited several other embassies. More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, March 9th, 2013

How Oscar-Worthy Was Nairobi Half Life?

When you have a child, movie night becomes a memory. When you do get a babysitter for the evening, the movie better be a good one. A really good one. One that’s nominated-for-an-Oscar good. Nduku and I More...

New African Film Festival
By David Gaines On Monday, March 4th, 2013
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Mar. 7-12: New African Film Festival at AFI

Many thanks to my friend Gerri for sharing this, otherwise, we would’ve never known. AFI Silver is proud to host the 9th annual New African Films Festival, co-presented by AFI, TransAfrica and afrikafé. The More...

Mrs. malombe at Bomb Blast in Nairobi
By David Gaines On Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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 More...

Nduku at the Nairobi National Museum
By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

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 they More...

Cousins Bubbles
By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Cousins Blowing, Popping Bubbles

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

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

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

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 find the time. But More...

Nairobi Kenya Skyline
By David Gaines On Monday, December 24th, 2012

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

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

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...