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Walking With the Masai of Kenya

  The tale of my week with the Masai, quite the BBQ, and a vision of Africa I shall never forget...  The safari with my family ended well and as it turned out my momentum was destined to increase dramatically.  We had a long day of travel with a bush plane ... read more

Lee Frankel-Goldwater

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The Six Thousand Shilling Ungulate Pyramid

Five friends and I were on vacation, in (on?) Lamu, that shiny Kenyan coastal island. And what does one do on vacation in Lamu? Drink shakes made with entire anthills of powdered milk and coconut. Walk to the beach and take too many pictures. Same as any other place. We ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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Too-Clean Data

It had started pouring at an inopportune time, and the mud was hindering our progress. My classmates and I were scattered in clumps of two or three across a wide transect delineated by our Environmental Policy professor. We were supposed to be interviewing the people who lived here about their ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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The Many Uses of a Maasai Meleleki, pt. 1

I don't even remember why I wanted a walking stick. The first time I went into town in Kimana, I must have seen a lot of them. Maybe I subconsciously thought having one would help me fit in, but I hope not, because I must have been pretty subconsciously ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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Life Update

 So I have to admit it, I’m a complete sucker for inter-lingual puns. I find them hilarious. The Kiwahili word for chicken is “kuku” and there’s a place across from the FSD office called Kenchick Chicken. Can you guess their tag line? “We’re ‘kuku’ about chicken!” English ... read more

Christan Leonard

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The Lion King Problem

In the weeks before I left for Kenya, I had very little to do besides attempt to prepare myself to leave for Kenya. Whenever things around my house got quiet, I would read the preparation manuals and packing guides that my study abroad program had sent me, and the lists ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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Safari Weekend

 So this past weekend I went on a safari at Tsavo East National Park with eight other FSD interns. It was all great except that one of the girls, Victoria, fell sick with malaria on Saturday night. I have to take malaria pills everyday to try to prevent contracting it ... read more

Christan Leonard

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Lessons in Kenyan Culture

10 odd ways my life has changed 1.)   I’m writing this post while sitting under my mosquito net. 2.)   I take showers using a bucket.  My host mom is awesome and heats up the water for me so I don’t freeze.  3.)   I wear a lheso everyday.  (See ... read more

Christan Leonard

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So this is Kenya...

 Hey family, friends and whoever else stumbles upon this, So I’ve decided to start a blog. I’m feeling a little self conscious about it. I’ll try to refrain from obnoxious sentimentality but it might be unavoidable at times. I’m sure most of you will just look ... read more

Christan Leonard

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Bus Diary - Jinja, Uganda to Nairobi, Kenya; 5/10/10

9:05 AM: My companions and I have been waiting for the Akamba bus for an hour or so in Jinja, Uganda, at the station, which houses a mechanic's, a cafe and cake place (I got a pineapple muffin that turned out to basically be a frosting sandwich - not ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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The Rainy Season

There are two rainy seasons in Kenya - the long rains go from about March to May, give or take a lot ("no hurry in Africa" applies to the weather, too) and the short ones start at the end of October and leave again by about December. Some strange force (Enkai ... read more

Cara Giaimo

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Photo Picks: Playing Around in Kenya, Floating Meditation in India, Street Food in China

  FIRST PICK: PLAYING AROUND Photographer: Chris Minihane What it's about: Daniel, pictured here, is a Kenyan Maasai who lives near the Tanzanian border. According to Chris, "he's probably one of the nicest guys in Kenya." Daniel loves being photographed and was happy to let Chris snap some shots ... read more

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A Tale of Two Cities

As I noted in my last post, my time abroad so far has been spent in a relatively 'un-African', African country. This past week was my school's spring break and I spent it in Kenya. First impressions? Wow, what a contrast to Egypt.    I landed at Nairobi airport at ... read more

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