Tag Archives: Africa

Kate’s Madagascar Journal – MWW Seeking EUA (Married White Woman Seeking Evolutionary Unique Animals)

I can’t believe I am on my long dreamed of trip to Madagascar, to see the lemurs, the Ringtail Lemur in particular. Ever since Sr. Kevin’s 7th grade science class I have been intrigued by evolutionary oddities and been to the Galapagos to see the Blue Footed Boobies, Tasmania to see the Tasmanian Devil and […]

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Kate’s Madagascar Journal – Message from Madagascar

This could be the best Friday of my life – second only to my rehearsal dinner (catch that Dave?) Two weeks of working with entrepreneurs in Kenya, then 9 days in my dream land of Madagascar. The only trip I have sought and planned for for decades, saved for for two years and now I […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Study the Trail – HA!

Today our dear guide Florence – about 100 lbs of warmth and charm and smarts – picks us up at our Kenyan home – the Thompson Falls Lodge and we are going to walk into Nyahururu Town to visit Mina’s property management company, Patrick’s print shop, David’s cyber café and Elisha’s Milk Bar. Elisha also […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Mile 11 – Is this the Wall?

Theme lyric of the moring: “Good Morning, good morning, How I hate to stay up late. Good Morning, good morning to you.” Stayed up until 2A typing blog entries and up at 530A for a last game drive. Coffee was great, a needed boost to compensate for the lack of sleep. Second week, Monday June […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – The Day Heaven Met Earth

Simon, my first and most likely only tent butler, brings Mandy and I hot chocolate and cookies at our 7A wake up call. He recommends that we eat them inside because monkeys like cookies – smart monkeys. He also shows us how to tie up our tent zipper so we don’t get monkey looters when […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – The Long and Winding Road

At the end of a long and dusty road is nirvana. We took a 7 hour ride from Nyharuru to the Masai Mara game reserve in southern Kenya – right on the border to Tanzania today. The first one hour was a bit rugged, the middle three hours were sweet, flat highway, the next one […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Are We Together? and What a Wonderful World!

Quote of the Morning: “Are my employees just cows to be milked?” Lawrence Musili, General Manager of the Thomson Falls Lodge. Lawrence spoke to our students today. He spoke of taking the harder but honest room. You see, Kenya administration is rather ‘Blagoarchy’ and tips are common – but not with Lawrence. As a successful […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Morning Routine

I have been on many business trips, but none like this. It’s chilly in the room when I wake up, but the heavy wool blanket and down duvet has kept we warm all night. It’s not the chill that wakes me during the night, it’s the dogs barking at the roaming hippos or its one […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – Wake Up Call

Three words about our site visits to the five student businesses over the last two days. Wow. Wow. Wow. We got to visit: ?James’ bike rental and repair shop in Rhumuruti ?Joseph’s micro lending business, three barber shops and public service theater youth group in Maina ?Diana’s hair salon in Nyahururu Town ?Hilary and Susan’s […]

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Kate’s Kenya Journal – What’s In the Woodpile?

We have fireplaces in the rooms because there is no central heat and after the fireman comes – usually one of the marathon trainers that train around here because of the altitude – to light the fire, I go down to the wood pile underneath the stairs to get extra wood to keep the fire […]

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