Lenny agreed to drive us back to Nairobi yesterday. We stopped at a tea farm on the way in. Kenya is the #3 producer of tea in the world, who knew! The tea fields are beautiful and tea is grown and harvested all year long. The pickers only pluck the top two leaves from each stem. Then they are sent to the factory where the tender leaves are separated from the more coarse. From there they are dried and processed.
Then Lenny took us to a coffee field. He parked us under an acai tree. In the past, elders would bring goats to this tree and sacrifice them to the gods to ward off drought and pests. The coffee beans are left on the vines till they are red and ready to pick. Here that time is in August-October. We didn't actually take a tour as chat with Lenny as we were pulled over at the side of the road.
Nairobi is a crazy busy place. We thought it would be fun to take one driving class just to see what they would teach you. It is wild...everyone merges at will, ignores stop lights, and pedestrians walk out t will in front of buses, vans whatever. I have to say Dean and I have been very adept at the jumping out in front of traffic.
Last night we decided we would venture out for pizza. We were told very clearly it was not safe for us to walk anywhere. So we took a cab the 4 blocks. For whatever reason no matter how hard we try we keep getting two pizzas for the price of one. quite the bargin but way too much food. Luckily we can always find someone who is willing to "take care" the extras.
At the moment, we are sitting in an internet cafe listening to Tina Turner "Simply the Best". This afternoon we will tour Nairobi Park. We tried to contact my SSNDs here but phones don't seem to always work. There is also a water shortage in parts of the city. We are so lucky to have the infrastructure we have in the states.
We checked out TV last night. The US has managed to outsource our best quality TV/music shows (read sarcasm), Beautiful People, College Hill and some really hard core rap music. Someone from Australia actually told us he understands the US because of the lyrics of rap music!
Tomorrow we head home. It's been great but I think we are ready. Look forward to seeing you all soon. We will post more photos when we get home and have high speed internet.