Thursday, 13 October 2011
Day Nineteen - Chill Time
We spent the day relaxing in the Backpackers, got some washing done and emptied everything out of the Landrover ready for it being collected today. We got chatting to Amy, an American girl who is planning to head down to Mombasa in stages via matatu. We showed her the Rough Guide and she was very impressed, saying it seemed much more comprehensive than the Lonely Planet Guide. She spent some time making lots of notes from it and Karen suggested we just give it to her, as we are about to head home anyway and will be buying the newest version before our next trip anyway. We also gave her the 5 gallons of drinking water we had left and handed all the spare tinned food to the chef in the Backpackers.
Jason demonstrated his Trangia cooker to Amy, the chef and anyone else who showed interest (we think he has a secret second job as a Trangia salesman).
We also met Klaus, a Danish student, studying African Politics in South Africa. He was surprised to see a Trangia in Africa.
Scooby the dog has grown quite a bit since we were here in 2008 but he is still the same people-friendly character' we have been feeding him scraps of bacon fat, so he is very friendly with us.
In the afternoon we were joined by Kevyn-Kato, a student in Environmental Studies at Kenyatta University and later Henry, a charity worker looking to set up a local NGO project. We spent the afternoon and evening discussing environmental issues and Henry picked Jason's brains on soil science for his planned agro-project. Kevin is going with Henry on Saturday to look at some potential land for the project.
It has been a very relaxing day, after the stress of last night. Tomorrow we shall be doing some souvenir shopping and probably visit the National Museum of Kenya, then we fly home in the early hours of Saturday.
Keep an eye on the blog – our safari may be over but there are loads more anecdotes to share and we have many more photos to share once we have time to have a proper look at them. We will also keep you up-to-date on future events we are planning to assist our fund-raising on behalf of Save The Elephants.