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Travel Thursday: From Highlands to the Indian Ocean- Kenya

Rothschild Giraffe at the A.F.E.W Centre Nairobi

Rothschild Giraffe at the A.F.E.W Centre Nairobi

Diani Beach, Mombasa

Diani Beach, Mombasa

Impala at the Nakuru National Park

Impala at the Nakuru National Park

Birds chilling on L. Naivasha

Birds chilling on L. Naivasha

Kerio Valley, Baringo

Kerio Valley, Baringo

This is my Travel Thursday series, inspired by tbt ( throw back Thursday) from social media.

 

These are pics from my scenic trip to Kenya: Nairobi, Naivasha, Nakuru, Baringo & Mombasa. Unfortunately no pics from the Kakamega rainforest. My batteries both died. Once I go back someday, I will write about it and post pics.

 

What gets me through the long dark winters are my travels. There are different places that without commitments I would be there in a heartbeat. There are two places in particular that have my heart.

It is basically because of the versatility and activities I can get up to. My number one place to visit during the Northern winter is Kenya.

 

Those who live in Finland know that the summers are short and the winters seem to last forever (6-7 months). With the ever changing weather, being near the sea it is often hard to predict if the weatherman will fool me into dressing light or over dressing. I carry a jacket or something warm just in case. On days when it’s as sunny, I want to have my picnic in the forest, park and random places just because I can.

 

There are so many things to do and see, it has every type of tropical weather. From cool and wet, cool an dry, hot and humid, hot and dry. It has a rain forest, to highlands, sandy white beaches, to a snow caped mountain and desert like places. Within a 200km onwards you can find different types of scenery and vegetation. From the greenest forest to dry arid land.

I know Kenya has gotten some press over the past year for being dangerous. With stories of bombings, grenade attacks, kidnapping,clashes and other things. In some countries things like these happen every other day. Wherever we are in the world there’s always a risk that something might happen. Do we not leave our houses to go to work? School? Attend events? Does the danger seem more severe being an African country? As we are often used to seeing images of military presence,refugee camps & hunger. It is unfortunate, that some countries are still suffering especially when their own countries can produce the food they need.

 

Things happen, but that shouldn’t deny you the chance of happiness. My happiness comes from seeing a sunny blue sky. Hearing birds sing. The different colours, flora and fauna and of course the food ! As opposed to eerie silence, no vegetation, dark skies for 21 hours and the biting cold. On the other hand those obsessed with youth and botox. Finnish winter is perfect for those who stay away from the sun and you get your face frozen for free for a good 4 months when temperatures are below 5 C. That’s a story for another day.

 

 

Have any of you been to Kenya or want to go?Don’t know how to go about it etc? If you’re interested let me know.

 

R.

donna x

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    jossie kamala
    12/05/2015 at 09:51

    Thank you for pointing out that there is risk everywhere. Kenya is a beautiful country, all the pictures people see are only a shadow. Hope you come back soon.

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