Ping (zestyping) wrote,

Kisumu to Nairobi.

The next morning, we were up bright and early for the long ride to Nairobi.

We rode past enormous fields of tea. In some of them we could see dozens of workers picking tea leaves.

We stopped for a break in Nakuru, where I was accosted by these two enthusiastic purveyors of souvenirs. Their prices seemed to drop about 10% every 20 seconds or so.

This was an interesting ad. It's recently become a popular practice here to use your mobile phone as a personal boom box. When you take someone out on a date, apparently the thing to do is to place your phone on the dinner table so you can attempt to drown out the restaurant music with your own. You'll be competing with the music coming from all the other patrons' phones as well, so having loud speakers on your phone is essential. Very romantic.

We saw baboons along the side of the road! There were a few of them hanging out, and they seemed pretty brave, watching for traffic and scampering across the highway when it was clear.

We couldn't resist stopping to have a closer look. This particular baboon was especially bold, and came near to check us out. I dug a banana out of our packed breakfast boxes to feed him, and sure enough as soon as I stepped out of the car I had his full attention. Much more attention than I had anticipated, in fact — while I was fumbling for my camera, he ran right up to me, grabbed my hand, and wrested the banana away!

At that point we started to fear that he would jump into the car and start going through our stuff, so we shooed him away.

We saw some more baboons a little further down the road. This one had a bad limb and was very shy, but was kind enough to pose on top of a signpost for us.

In Nairobi, we stayed at the Fairview, which was an absolutely beautiful hotel.

This was the courtyard on the inside of the Fairview.
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