We were blessed to have my brother, Charlie, come and visit! He came back with me after our trip to the States. It was so nice to have someone to help with the boys for the long journey back. (Paul had left earlier because he needed to get back for work.) (picture of Charlie and the boys when we stopped for the night in London)
Charlie planned on staying one month…one month turned into two months, which turned into three months. He decided to push back his original return flight because there were some missionaries going to Mombasa. But then that flight was canceled because of the British Airway strikes. The soonest he could return was April – so he decided to go to Mombasa a second time (he like it so much!). And then, his flight was canceled AGAIN because of the volcano irrupting in Iceland. He left two weeks ago and we miss him so much! It was great to have him LIVE with us. After three months, he really got a sense of what is like to live here. And I had a chance to get to know my brother in a different way, now that he is all grown up!
Here are some pictures of Charlie’s visit:
The weather was nice and hot so we took Andrej (Petr was in school) to SPLASH, a pool place with slides.
In case you were wondering about the water situation – they do filter the water so it is “safe”.
Note: the small filter in the picture. Charlie and Andrej were swimming for a while before the pool workers brought the filter. Once they hooked up the filter we realized that the water was not very clean so we move to a different pool. Thankfully, no one seemed to get sick from it!
Charlie “Stay-n-Alive” in Africa! I couldn’t resist the pun!
On the top of Ngong Hills (it is extremely windy as you can see in the picture)
Charlie and I were able to go on a brother-sister safari trip (Paul was able to go with another gentleman in November so he took care of the boys and let me go with Charlie) I am not a fan of small planes so you can see my tension in the first picture (Charlie had some fun with it all). The second picture is the from our seat. I could see out the front window of the plane (didn’t like that part very much). And we landed on a dirt airstrip….oh, the joys of flying in Africa!
We arrived safely and this was the scene as we were driving to the camp. This picture looks like it is straight out of National Geographic. We were amazed at the beauty of the wildlife (different from the Wild Animal Park in CA).
Charlie with a Massi Man who was walking around the camp. We had a nice conversation with him trying to understand the customs of his people.
We had breakfast with a view….
down the road from this guy – Fortunately for us, he already had breakfast!
We had an incredible time. We kept wanting to pinch ourselves to make sure we weren’t dreaming the adventure. I was so glad to have some “bonding” time with my younger brother. But after two days and one night, it was time to get back to city life….
Charlie had many opportunities to visit Kenyan homes and eat their food. He seemed to enjoy getting to know the people and experience “life” with them (and us).
Then we got out of the city again and took a drive to Paradise Lost:
Charlie was brave enough to venture into this dark tunnel. After the fact, we found out the tunnel is often used as a bathroom facility…Yuck!
At Bomas of Kenya:
This is a picture of Charlie in front of the “Boys Hut” ( as the sign states). We went to a tourist area where you are able to walk around and see huts from different tribes. It concluded with traditional dancing
Some fun pictures of Uncle Charlie hanging around:
Boxing with Andrej
Being the “Cool Guys”
Charlie, thanks for a wonderful visit! We love you and miss you very much!