I decided to have a lazy morning doing my blog but the wi-fi at the hotel was so hit and miss that I couldn’t get on the internet. The best way to deal with communications in Kenya is to buy a dongle at Safaricom at the airport on arrival (3,500 Kenyan shillings) and put some credit on it and use it with your laptop. You can buy a basic phone there for just under 3,000 Kenyan shillings – my vodaphone blackberry didn’t work at all except for receiving texts. Life seems to depend totally on the mobile phone as landlines are virtually non-existent. One of the reasons for this is that people steal the telephone wires and make them into jewellery to sell in the markets!!!
Karen and David arrived at lunchtime and we ate at the Fisheagle Inn in the garden. David commented on the height on the Lake as when he was a boy he used to camp next door and the water level was much higher than it is today. He also felt that the Lake road was in much better condition today than it used to be depite all the potholes!
We made our way to Gilgil and passed David’s old school, Pembroke and the Gilgil golf club and made our way up into the hills and found Dudu’s house – an old friend of Karen and David. The views were amazing – you could see down into the valley and see Mount Longonot in the distance. Over the two days that we stayed with Dudu, I met lots of her neighbours and friends who all came to dinner and enjoyed some dog walks late afternoon. One of them, Angus, had a small plane and his own grass runway and flew tourists out on safari. Another also had a small plane which he used to transport tourists as well as another for crop spraying. I got a lovely insight into live for the white Kenyans – most of them had been born there and were involved in either agriculture, teaching at Pembroke school, working in the golf club or tourism.
Dudu knew a man who made the loveliest little models in soapstone for her. She designed them and he made them and then she would either paint and decorate them or varnish them for sale in craft fairs, shops, etc.
I slept in a separate guest house in the garden which was in the process of being extended to provide an extra lounge with a self/contained kitchen. It was lovely!
Full details on the placement will be going onto http://www.volunteervacations.co.uk in the next couple of weeks (October 2010)