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Aug 7, 2016 - Heading for home

As usual I never seem to manage to finish before I hit home, in spite of best intentions AND having some will do access on planes nairobi to Abu Dhabi and then Abu Dhabi to Perth. First some photos missed. I don't think I ever mentioned that our apartments, like all the other complexes or stand alone bigger houses we had 24 hour guards. During the night they as also walked around the apartments. When they opened the gate on arrival and departure there was always a smile. and from one 'welcome', no matter which way we were going. We think...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Last day!

Today we started with a trip to local orphanage. Mark has got to know administrator. So earlier he had taken his boys out with bags of toys they had brought from home. He felt they had too many and they needed to see what other children did NOT have. We had a tour. Impressive. They usually have about 20 children on the premises. Some children are reintegrated with family with ongoing support. All are educated including uni or other training. many of the latter are housed elsewhere. We had a tour. A lovely smiling man was in the woodwork...

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Aug 5, 2016 - Winding down

Back to Ali Abbas on the beach for lunch. We needed the walk. Last night after returning from mombasa not the slightest but hungry, mark remembered he had promised his favourite wind bar which he said also had the best steak in town, that he would take us there on wed night. So really needed the walk. Those without guard work or maybe they do both, sell a lot of beaded work, and those carved coconuts. The ones Brian said he had no money for, a few days later, they accosted him again and asked if he had money today! This man had only has...

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Aug 3, 2016 - Golf, wildlife and todays gourmet report

Mark wanted to have a game of golf with his Dad. We were assured there would be Dik diks, monkeys and lots of other wildlife, so we went as spectators, watching the golf from the shade and avoiding the full sun of the fairways whenever possible. After assuming the nesting season was over when safari, the many bright yellow birds actively nest making were great to watch. No dik dik!! I was sure I was going to get a photo this time. Monkeys quite make up. After the golf, shopping for lunch. Here's where you see the split...

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Aug 2, 2016 - Calamity!!

Yesterday we went to a women's community project. And after I had culled the photos,managed to lose the lot! The Gazi women's mangrove boardwalk can be looked up on the web. A boardwalk through the mangroves has been built so you can get a get a good view of the ecology of the area and see how they are rehabilitating the area. I had photos of the resting spots, roofed with the traditional circular high pitched palm thatched roof. No walks.The temperature dropped dramatically under there. The women who normally show people around were out if...

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Aug 1, 2016 - Rin her Dad and the boys leave for Japan

An amazing demonstration of packing by Rin. She did leave a bit for Mark the next time he does his fly in fly out to Japan. When I had seen everything to be packed yesterday I would have bet half of it wouldn't have fitted. While the packing was being finished Elijah rounded up the troops for his last card games. Then it was final goodbyes. As always though there was a hiccup. Like us, they are flying Etihad from Nairobi home. However we will get to Nairobi the way we came, through that horrific traffic to mombasa airport,...

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Jul 31, 2016 - To the Swahili for lunch

The Swahili is a massive 5 star hotel complex. Mark had told workmates who wanted to meet the family, to join us there at 12.00 But first Akira wanted to have a Sky Dive.i t was booked for 10.30; plenty of time for us before the lunch time. But we saw lots of others come down on the beach. No Akira. Eventually after mark stepped in he came down and I missed the shot. We finally got to the hotel at 1.00. While waiting we had the usual hawkers. Some very nice stuff, especially the beading. Rin got a good deal This was a sandier...

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Jul 30, 2016 - Bits of everything day. Out to Mark's bosses for tea

Henry is marks line manager. it was his wife Dee's birthday so we along with others work managers and some whose children went to school with henry and dees were invited for tea. Before we went it was swimming, cards, eating and probably shopping. Oh, and we had brunch at a place we have been several times. Great food. Fun friendly people serving. when we don't go out. We went to the party in a couple of Tuk Tuks. A bit more upmarket than the El Gouna ones. They had doors in the back, half way up with plastic roll down blind for the...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Day 1 diani beach

Didn't mention the water situation in mombasa. As we left the airport driving through the horrendous traffic there were lots of people lining up at water sellers. From square tanks on trailers jerry cans or buckets were filled and carried back home. Such a small amound, or many trips to be made, for drinking cooking washing cleaning! Our driver Ken, pointed to a small two story house and saud a big house but no water. He told us that there were several whole blocks where no one had water. At Diani beach: If your name was Ali baba, what...

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Jul 23, 2016 - Abu Dhabi to nairobi to Mombasa to Diani beach

From here clear sailing?? Went to get my boarding pass. Sorry, was the response, kenya has put weight restrictions on planes landing there. you'll have to wait. I knew rest of the group, including those from Japan would be wondering where I was and my phone was going to be no help. Eventually with help from the lady who had sorted previous fiasco, I waited some more but about 3/4 hour before departure I was in the gate waiting area. I was met with a flying tackle from Elijah which I really appreciated. Im sure he was told to, but that...

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Aug 13, 2011 - At the beach!

ok, so the first week has been pretty awesome. Forest work, getting to know the other volunteers, getting used to the lifestyle. Its pretty cool. Its kind of just getting used to the fact that its always (well in Forest anyway) hot, sweaty, dusty - but really pretty and really nice. The people are all so friendly. Now, we all came away from the house to spend the weekend in Diani - basically a long beach along the Indian Ocean with just a few shops and restaurants. Seems nice. Very pretty. Went out for pizza last night which makes a change...

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Mar 31, 2011 - Diani Beach

We had heard very mixed stories in Kenya about the train from Nairobi to Mombassa so we decided we had to give it a crack ourselves. At 8 o'clock that evening we were shown our '1st class cabin' (1st class is a must!) and then were escorted directly to dinner in the dinning car while we were still sitting in the station. After a fairly squished supper(4 people around this tiny table) we headed back to our cabin and waited for the train to leave, this took a while to say the least. Orginially the scheduled departure time was 9 (well actualy...

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