The internet connection here is awful, so I am writing my thoughts in Word. Whenever I will find an access to internet, I’ll try to upload them to my blog.
The smell of Africa. So hard to describe, yet so distinguishable! Africa is a mix of many different smells. So far I have only discovered few of them. One is definitely the smell of red, dry soil. Then comes the fresh smell of baobab trees and coconut milk. Finally there is a sweet smell of burning corn. This all mixes with rotten food and tons of rubbish. Africa smells of the ocean when on the coast. All those smells are transferred by a dry and hot wind. I’m not sure why, but this mixture of smells somehow affects your mood.
In Mida Eco Camp we have no electricity, thus you wake up with the Sun and go to bed as soon as it goes down. That means waking up about 6 am and going to bed around 9 pm. The brave ones, who are not so afraid of mosquitos, can stay out late, preferably by the fire. We have those old naphtha lamps to find our way through the bushes to the hut. Incredible how you can actually feel free when there is no internet connection, no phone reception, nor even electricity to charge your ipod. You are left to the nature. There is no hot water, but you don’t actually need it! And believe me, even if there was, you would shower with the cold one.
I stayed out late yesterday chatting with the French people, sipping local Tusker beer and learning about their experience in Kenia. I was bitten by a mosquito. Now it is only a matter of waiting and seeing whether I will have a malaria. Hopefully not, but who knows. At least I feel very well, althought I eat everything here, even the fresh fruits and vegetables that my doctor said were strictly forbidden. Seems that after the Safari we will try to go up to Lamu. It is a 4 hours drive from Malindi to a UNESCO heritage of Swahili culture. A town where not so many turists go to, town which is loved by the hippie people. There is still only few cars and most of the transport is done through bicycles or donkeys. It is closer to Somalia border, so the northern part of Kenia. I would love to go there and experience first hand the real Kenia, real Africa!
Tomorrow I have to get up early and go to Mida Creek. It is just 5 minutes walk from our hut, but the lady from our Camp said you can see flamingos and pelicans there every morning. Since tomorrow we are leaving for the Safari, I definitely need to do it before the departure.
What most people don’t understand is that passion is the result of action, not the cause of it.
Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home.
-Dr. Sylvia Earle
There's still a lot worth fighting for.
- Dr. Jane Goodall
Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
- Jack Kerouac
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.-
- Orison Swett Marden
'This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.
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