Archive for September 23rd, 2009

Kenya pics

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Just call me Jungle Tanisha

Bush bathroom break with baboon passing by

Bush bathroom break with baboon passing by

Early morning hot air balloon ride

Early morning hot air balloon ride

Children in the Masai Village

Children in the Masai Village

Masai women

Masai women

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Birding and Smiles

If there is something that makes someone smile, be open enough to learn about it. It might be the thing that comes to make you smile.
Lilac breasted roller

A funny thing happened on my safari in Kenya. I was introduced to the world of Birding. Clearly, I was unaware of how serious the sport of Birding was, because there were a few people on our trip who were more interested in seeing the birds than they were in seeing real (as I call them) animals. There were quite a few older people (75 and up) on the trip. One in particular was a fanatic Birder. Somehow I kept ending up in the same jeep as her which meant we had to stop and look at every single bird that we saw. You can imagine that there were thousands of birds and you can picture the look on my face everytime we had to stop to look at one. At one point, I was so fed up I wanted to scream, “F@*k the birds, I want to see some cats!”. Luckily, I was raised better than that and kept my thoughts to myself. ¬†Eventually, I realized I was fighting a losing battle and decided that if I couldn’t beat ’em, I’d join ’em. So I started actually looking at the birds with the binoculars each time we stopped and grew to appreciate the birds. Some were pretty extraordinary and began to really enjoy it. I had to laugh at myself when one time I actually blurted out, “Stop! There’s a interesting looking bird”. Nancy (the Birder) couldn’t have been more thrilled that I was now enjoying birding. I started talking to her about her love for birding and learned that it brought her so much joy that she has traveled to many countries on birding trips. This is a woman who had lost her husband a few years ago, but always had a smile on her face. I then thought that I wish I could find something that made me as happy as birding made her. Well, I’m not officially a Birder, but I do appreciate the sport thanks to Nancy. ¬†The lesson learned from this experience is: if there is something that makes someone smile, be open enough to learn about it. It might be the thing that comes to make you smile.

Here’s a pic of the lilac-breasted roller which was one of my favorites and one of the most beautiful we saw.

Back from Kenya, back to reality

I’m back from Kenya and things are getting back to “normal”. I am no longer homeless (moved back into my condo after subletting it for the summer) and no longer jobless (more to come in the next entry). I thought I would feel good about this, but it has taken some getting used to. First, moving back into my condo was weird. I didn’t feel completely comfortable and had mixed emotions about being back. Maybe because others had been in my place, but I’m slowly adjusting. Getting my mind around actually working is hard, but I am thankful to have an offer. I guess I’ll have to find a way to tell my sister and brother-in-law that I must turn down the nanny position they offered me.

All in all, things couldn’t have worked out better for me. I had the most amazing summer and have done things that I never could have guessed I would have done six months ago. Kenya was absolutely amazing and I have so many great shot of every animals you can imagine. We saw the Big Five, which are the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot in Africa. They are the Elephant, Lion, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, and Leopard. In addition to the Big Five, we saw Cheetahs, Zebras, Hyenas, Wildebeest, Impala, Tompson Gazelles, Baboons, Birds, Waterbucks, Hippos, Giraffes, Flamingo’s and more.