In case you missed my past posts talking about it (including part one, here), I took a major trip last month to Kenya. Because I didn’t want to just make a single highlight reel post of 100 or so pictures (which frankly would’ve been easier on me, because I took so. damn. many), I’ve opted to break it up into multiple parts for you! Here’s part two:
We started this day by heading to the outdoor food market, but it was alarming because I wasn’t really allowed to look around too deply; since Meru doesn’t seem to get a large amount of tourists, we were somewhat of a spectacle. I’m used to cat calling and unwanted attention from people in Philadelphia, but it was hard at times to deal with here, because you can’t really gauge a proper way to respond other than to just allow it. Men just came and stood or sat next to us without a word, and it was kind of like “Can we just confirm you’re not gonna touch me?” All that aside, it was still nice to look at what we could!
Just look at all that produce.
People carried everything on motorcycles out there.
Seriously, everyone had a motorcycle. I actually asked if it was possible to rent one in the same manner as you might in South Beach, but the drivers are so reckless that it wasn’t an option. Forever green with envy.
We paid a visit to the Ripples Orphanage and my heart basically melted into a million pieces. Ripples is a Christian organization that focuses on children that are affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as survivors of abuse. If you have the means, I strongly suggest you look into donating to their cause.
The kids loved piggy back rides. This girl in particular was one of the most brilliant children I’ve ever encountered. She made a point to read all my tattoos and wanted to know the story behind each one.
The kids were so amused by photographs of themselves! I spent half the time just taking portraits and showing the children how beautiful they were.
The walk between the younger and older kids’ school was littered with goats and chickens!
When you walk into the older girl’s building, there’s a wall with drawings talking about “hope”.
I’m not sure if the children there decorated or if it was a donation, but it really drew you in.
The girls were working on making Chapati bread (basically a Kenyan tortilla/flatbread) when we walked in, so we joined. It’s a lot harder to roll dough out round than you think (or maybe I’m just really awful).
That’s a propane tank.
They’re cooked in oil by hand, and I really have no idea if she has fingerprints left, but I’m assuming she doesn’t.
Before we’d visited Ripples we’d passed a pizza sign, so obviously we had to stop and get some.
Not quite like home (I think it was undercooked), but it did the job~!
We woke up early and met up with a bunch of Pauline’s family to make the trek to the Samburu National Reserve, where we stayed at the Sarova Shaba Lodges. The place looked like it had been built for Disney’s Animal Kingdom (or maybe it’s what Animal Kingdom was based off of?!) and was like a tropical oasis in the middle of desert. I don’t know if you can tell from all my photographs, but Kenya really had the most variation in terrain, going from mountains to desert, to what seemed like lush rain forest, almost.
During the almost 2 hour drive we did experience a little bump where we got pulled over; I think it was spurred on by the police believing they could get money from us, but they definitely didn’t plan for Pauline to be in the car with us. It was kind of phenomenal to see someone give cops a mouthful, but also slightly terrifying because hello, foreigners, pulled over in the middle of the desert.
Pauline’s niece, the firecracker.
There was a big buffet set up for us when we got there, and we were greeted by a flash rain storm.
It lasted maybe 20 minutes, but rained hard enough that if we arrived any later, our path in might’ve been blocked off!
I definitely didn’t take into account how much work creating a multi-part post like this would be, nor did I take into account how much details would fade from me if I didn’t write everything down in advance! You live and you learn, right?? I hope you enjoyed the glance into Kenya; I’m going to do one final big installation of the trip next week for you, I hope you’ll stick around to check it out!
>> Kenya part one can be found HERE, in case you missed it!