Saturday, October 1, 2016

Final wrap-up: #JulyJourney #AfricaAdventurers

This shot sums up our time together - Lots of fun and smiles. Never a dull moment. Simple pleasures. A whirlwind of activity. Hold on tight. Don't miss the moment. Making memories. Family bonding!

We played a lot of competitive Scrabble games, even traveling with the board

“Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together.”
~ Sarah Dessen 

All three kids read numerous books, at various and sundry places

We didn't go camping but we enjoyed s'mores at my house, roasting the marshmallows with my chimney jiko

We cooked several meals together. Family time!

We went to a cute 3-D movie, Finding Dori 

We rode a fair number of boda bodas (motorbike taxis)

When at my house, the kids slept on the floor

We had a fabulous breakfast at a restaurant with a trampoline!

Waiting at my house for our taxi to Naivasha, one of the girls with a neighbor and the other with a book

We bought sugar cane along the highway, so the kids could try out new foods

They saw some of Kenya's random and crazy sights

There was always time to try out something fun, and silly

We crossed the equator twice by road, and they flew over it twice by air

They weren't too fond of one aspect of traveling - getting a Typhoid immunization 

They were surprised by the prop plane for our 45-minute flight to the Coast

Such great travelers!

Saying good-bye to Kenya's amazing Diani Beach...

... and eventually saying good-bye to Kenya, at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (with our taxi guy, Jack)

The kids had become 'truly international' travelers!

Many of my friends referred to Naomi, Aaliyah, Tony, and Mia's visit to Kenya as 'a trip of a lifetime'. It's actually quite accurate.

And, as for me, it was so, extremely amazing to have them here with me in my second home! At times it seemed like it wasn't even real; but mostly it just seemed very natural.

Be sure to see the posts of our upcountry visits on my regular blog page. We saw Margaret, Robai, Nathan and his family (including Deb), Martin, and Agnes' family. Just click here!

Mia, standing at a viewpoint overlooking the Great Rift Valley

Maybe one of you looking at all these photos and fun might want to consider making a trip to Kenya to visit me. Let's talk!
It's impossible, said Pride.
It's risky, said Experience.
It's pointless, said Reason.
Give it a try, whispered the Heart.
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“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime."    ~ Mark Twain
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Be sure to click over to my main blog page, where I posted photos from our fun picnic in downtown Nairobi plus visits upcountry in Eldoret, Matunda, and Kocholia with Robai, Margaret, Nathan's family, Deb, Martin, and Agnes' family.

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