Kenya 6: Things I will miss about Kenya

While my initial plan was to stay in Kenya for three months, I am instead opting to leave after three weeks. I could get quite verbose on my reasons for choosing to leave Olepangi Farm but I would rather use this post to celebrate the things I will miss about Kenya. This trip has been my first time in sub-Saharan Africa and it has been an eye-opener (and ear opener too – I can recognise quite a few animal sounds now!).

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Kenya 5: The realisation I’m not good at relaxing

We are generation busy. Doodle polls are needed to be able to get a group of friends in the same place at the same time and that time is normally six weeks away, if you’re lucky. We’re busy with work, we’re busy with socialising – whether with people we actually want to spend time with or those we feel we ought to network with, we’re busy doing life admin, we’re busy doing various hobbies. Spontaneity is dead to millennials.

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Kenya 4: Nanyuki and the privilege guilt

You know all those times you see video footage from developing countries that show people living in ramshackle huts or seriously run down buildings, surrounded by rubbish and ill-looking animals? Well, there’s something about a screen and thousands of miles between you and what’s on that screen that desensitises you to it, I’ve found. Seeing it in person though at Nanyuki, a market town in central Kenya, caused a simmer of disquiet when viewing through a car window screen that bubbled into guilt once I got out and walked around.    

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Kenya 3: Mount Kenya Animal Orphanage

If you are travelling through Laikipia county in Kenya and want a chance to see one of the most beautiful and largest species of antelopes in the world, as well as pet a cheetah, taking a stop at Mount Kenya Animal Conservancy is highly recommended.

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Kenya chapter 1: Fear

I wasn’t quite expecting to be writing my first blog from Kenya on fear… I was feeling confident I wouldn’t have to… but unfortunately the big F-E-A-R has reared its head and knocked my riding confidence.

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