10 things I’ll miss about Kenya

You know when it’s coming to the end of a trip away when you run out of toothpaste. You hoped you’d packed just enough to see you through. And now you’re squeezing out those final few drops just as we are desperately trying to winkle out of Kenya anymore of its magic before we leave for home.

Here’s some of my highlights and what I’ll miss the most from what has been the best trip I’ve ever been on…

On the road my pen knife came in handy to slice through mangoes

Fresh juicy mangoes

This fruit is everywhere. Unlike at home the mangoes are lovely and juicy, full of flavour, even spicy to our mild British palate.

Gorgeous flavour but a bit messy to eat!

The brilliant night sky with the bright moon and sparkling stars

When darkness falls Africa is lit up by a blanket of dazzling stars. I’m convinced the night sky is darker here and the moon so much bigger and brighter. In Merti we were treated to a vast expanse of stars all around us with the occasional shooting star mesmerising our senses.

African hospitality and their laugh

One of our drivers Tobias said to us it was in some cases a weakness that Africans are so hospitable the productivity slides. For me it’s been a joy to meet so many people of different backgrounds who are united in generosity and love to all visitors. Some communities trekked for hours in the heat just to spend a few minutes with us.
The African laugh is also so deep and hearty. Sr Josephine in particular has an infectious laugh that comes from deep within her. African culture at its best.

An array of Kenyan food to delight our taste buds in Kitui

African food (and their appetite)

I’m right at home when it comes to delicious food and plentiful portions. Kenyans aren’t shy in piling their plates with mountains of food, demolishing it, and going back for more. We’ve all enjoyed sukumawiki, ugali and those juicy mangoes.

On our day of arrival in the beautiful convent

Karen (the Sisters and the Sacred Heart Convent)

The Sacred Heart convent now feels like our spiritual home which says it all. It’s been our sanctuary in the midst of so many different experiences. It has allowed us space to reflect and pray in peaceful surroundings. And the Sisters have been so welcoming and helpful providing us with all we needed and nice ‘home – y’ touches like a bowl of fruit after our week in Kitui.

‘Pumba’ snuffling around in Nairobi

Wildlife

Whether it’s a small tortoise crossing the road or coming face to face with the King of the Jungle we’ve been privileged to see Kenya’s amazing animals. The elegant giraffes and striking zebras were truly stunning. But to be up close and personal with a mighty lion was an awesome experience and one I’ll never forget.

The King of the Jungle glaring right at us!

 Children

All the children we’ve met have been so inquisitive and excitable about seeing the mzungu. They have a definite stock phrase to greet us Brits. “‘Ello!‘Ow are you?” said in the most adorable accent. The school children in particular were a joy to work with and so enthusiastic to learn.

Children in Laini Saba showing off their dancing skills

Mass and Fr Paul

We’ve all been overwhelmed by the stunning celebration of Mass in Kenya. It’s so vibrant, colourful and always jam packed with people. The singing, the dancing – it’s been an amazing experience. Fr Paul is also a fantastic, charismatic priest who has a real affinity with the congregation. His smile could lighten even the darkest place and his homily’s have everyone hanging on each word.

Outside the Catholic Church in Karen with Sr Josephine and her younger sister Dorothy

The sounds of the birds in the morning

There’s something profoundly beautiful yet simple about getting up early here. As the sun begins to rise effortlessly once more there’s a lovely moment of stillness in the cool freshness of the morning. Add to this the bird song and it’s a heavenly scene. So many varieties of birds chirping and tweeting in different tones and pitches – it’s really quite melodic and therapeutic to listen to.

The different smells from the trip

The onions growing in the fields gave off a delicious aroma. Then there’s the sizzling goat choma compared to the freshness of the morning air. Our nostrils have been treated to many new and exciting smells.

Jon

The elegant giraffe stands tall and proud in Nairobi National Park

3 thoughts on “10 things I’ll miss about Kenya

  1. You’ll have so many memories to bring home from Kenya, we can’t wait for you to share them with us. What a fantastic experience and privilege for all of you. Savour your last day! Hope you all have safe journeys home.
    God bless you all.

    • Can’t believe it’s our last day. I was a bit worried at first as I thought we might have to drag Jon out of Kenya – I think he’d happily stay! But, this morning he actually said he was looking forward to coming home – a good sign! I think we all ready to come home now, but we’ll miss this beautiful place and its people.

      Thank you for your steady support – it’s been great to know you’ve been with us all the way!

      Rosa x

      PS Happy birthday Mary!! : )

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