Making friends in Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ€

Q: So first question pops up: The photo, what is the backstory, where is this taken and who are these little angels?
A: Well, for those who knows me, I can’t answer in simple words, I always ” reply ” with a (super) long story.
So the title of the article already reveals in which country.
The photo was taken on Sunday, 15th of December 2019.
The little angels are Elmah and Ella, the lovely daughters of my Kenyan friend Ephraim and his wife Eddah.
They introduced me to Kenyan hospitality.
The shuka that I’m wearing is the traditional clothing of the Masai. It was a gift from Ephraim and Eddah.


Q: How did you meet your Kenyan friend Ephraim?
A: Well, this is actually a very funny story with a little touch of craziness.

> ” We met on a plane in south east Asia, going from Manila, the Philippines to Bangkok Thailand on Saturday 22th of December 2018. “

So in December 2018, I was traveling to south east Asia, traveling in the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ, Palau ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ผ and passing Macau ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ด and Hong Kong ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ.
Well on Saturday 22th of December 2018 I flew back with Thai Airways (which is an amazing airline), so the first flight, I had to take from Manilla, Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ to fly to Bangkok, Thailand, when I arrived at my seat in Row 59 and I was a bit surprised, there was a big African guy sitting at the corner of my row. It was rather a short flight, like 2 hours and 15 minutes-ish, but our first moments were funny, as I had to pass him to get to the window seat, we started to talk, of course, I miss tact and I told him, that it’s very uncommon to see a person with his looks in an airplane on the Far East part of Asia. He introduced himself and he was working as an engineer in Japan. So for him, after arriving in Bangkok airport, his connection flight was taken him to Kenya. A ‘ Great Ice Breaker ‘ is that Kenya was still on my to-go-to-list and maybe when I plan to visit his country, he maybe could help me out with some practical information. So when the plane landed, we exchanged in old school style our e-mailadresses and phone numbers and I told him, once I’m home in Belgium, I will send him an e-mail. Who would ever thought that this e-mail would lead to this … who e-mail these days … most travellers only ” e-mail ” to an agency, most google all their travel information and most things you can arrange yourself.


Reunited

So one year later, now in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, 10th of December 2020, after spending some days in Zanzibar, another piece of paradise (Tanzania ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ (67)), I flew to Nairobi and guess what, who was there, waiting for me in the airport?
YES! Ephraim, well, if you have some people knowledge and karma, then you know this is someone with great-friendship-characteristics ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ€!
Super crazy, we met like a year ago on a 2 hours-ish flight from Manila, Philippines to Bangkok, Thailand and now we meet again, one year later, in Nairobi, Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช

And Ephraim was from the very first seconds to the last when we said goodby, a wonderful, amazing and great guy, just a few minutes out of the airport, I got already introduced to the Kenyan hospitality, the best way to connect with people, to break the ice, is eat when you are hungry hahahaha
He took me to Nyama Mama Ke – it’s a great restaurant that let you enjoy the African cuisine.
The laugh in the background is Ephraim’s, somehow my super-lame sense of ” humor ” is much appreciated by him ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
At the restaurant I met his super nice wife Eddah, she works as an university-level medical researcher and his sister. ” Cracking a few jokes made me charm my lovely audience. ”

So arriving one day before my birthday and my first moments in Kenya were already amazing. After this super tasty and delicious dinner, Ephraim dropped me off at my hotel, because the next day, in the morning I was already going to Amboseli national park, to stay there in a lodge and you will see here: https://jaimytravelstheworld.com/amazing-view-on-mount-kilimanjaro-2019-๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜/ how BE-A-U-TIFUL it was!

When I returned a stayed a night with them.
There I met his lovely daughters, Elmah and Ella.

Kenyan Dinner:

So his lovely wife and his sister made this meal for the family and their ‘ guest ‘:

Ugali (Kenyan Cornmeal):




Kenyan Breakfast:



The ” Signature Pose ” at the Jomo Kenyatta statue.

Jomo Kenyatta was the very first president of Kenya.
His nicknames were ” Spear of the Nation ” and ” Wise Man “. He was the son of a village chief Moigoi and his wife Wamboi. Initially his name was Kamau wa Moigoi, after the death of his father and the adoption by his uncle his name changed to Kamau wa Ngengi. At his baptism in 1914 he was given the name John Peter Kamau, shortly afterwards he changed it to Johnstone Kamau and finally in 1922 to Jomo Kenyatta which means ” Burning spear of Kenya “.

Ephraim and his daughters are doing the signature pose. It’s great that I even have fans in Kenya.

The KICC Tower
(Kenyatta International Convention Centre)

For a very long time, this place was considered as one of the best places in the African continent to hold international conventions. It used to be one of the tallest buildings in Nairobi. The cool thing is that you can go all the way to the top, until the helipad. From there you have a sky view over Nairobi. The KICC Tower isn’t operational anymore, on the top, there used to be rooftop restaurant.




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