|Posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:30 AM|
Morning everyone, and what a beautiful morning it is here in Nairobi Kenya..... well in saying that... it was quite a few hurs ago i wrote that piece... in fact i wrote an entire blog this morning, only to lose it 3 times... so let's try again.!!
Yep, here we are. After a hectic month or more of preparation, not only storing our house belongings and getting ready for this great adventure, but also for the wedding of our daughter Venessa to her lovely man, Jamie.
Yes Saturday night found us beaming with pride and joy as we witnessed the most beautiful wedding. I am not shy to say that when i saw Ness alight from the wedding car, my heart just melted and the tears flowed freely... she was stunning to say the least,... as was her very dapper husband Jamie. Ella, their daughter of around 18 months , was very cute leading the way in the bridal march, with Bob at Venessa's side... (holding back the tears also).
The weather was great, the families and friends were awesome, the garden had a lovely warm ambience and the wedding vowels they shared had the tissues and tears, (&sobs) flowing freely. WE are SO PROUD AND HAPPY to of shared such a beautiful occassion before we left. It was all worth the stress that leads up to such a big event.
Monday morning finally arrived and it was obvious that the reality of our great expedition was starting to hit home. As each of them came to me randomly in the morning to say happy birthday, i dribbled away again realising how long we will be gone. (roughly 2 to 4 years). The 6 of us plus Ella shared a lovley lunch at the lane vineyard in Hahndorf before arriving at the airport. It is these family moments that we cherish the most, and this too was special. So, many tears, it was onward and upward, and the great adventure begins.
After around 22 hours of flying, (adelaide to Perth, overnight to Jo'burg, south Africa then finally into Nairobi Kenya) we arrived here around 3:10pm local time. for those who are unaware, the Nairobi international arrival terminal was burnt down about a month ago.... so we prepared ourselves for even bigger chaos at the passport control. But,... we were simply amazed.!! Kenya had sorted themselves VERY well. they had big white tents set up, one for each of the different airlines and the countries they came from.... they had their computers organised and managed to make the entire system work better than it normally does. We usually take around an hour to get through passport control and customs etc...... this time.... HALF AN HOUR. Kenya official outdid themselves and should be very please with their efforts..... they are totally deserving.
So, we were then whisked off to Wilderbeest Eco camp where we had stayed once last year. Kenya is, as usual hot and dusty with loads of roadworks going on... but i guess you cant have advancement without a little (or lot) of distruption. Finally it was great just to chill and relax over a tusker and sleep in a comfy bed again. This morning, we set out to get our sim cards for our phones and broadband. so if anyone needs to reach me, my phone here in Kenya is +254716338958. Please realise the TIME DIFFERENCE of 7 hours, and know that i probably wont answer if i am asleep in bed. but that's the great thing about text messaging.... we can read it when its right.
So, this is just the start. My first update which has now taken 6 attempts to work..... tomorrow we go to grandmas place where we will stay for the week with Suzy and Cate before heading to Mombasa to have a week of R&R before picking up the car and starting our adventures for real. Nice to have you all along for the ride. Hopefully i can get this all working better shortly, & get some pics happening. In the meantime, there are a few pics in my facebook if you want to take a look. Bye for now all, will write after Mombasa. Kwaheri!!!!!!!
Categories: Arrive Kenya, ~ Githurai & Nairobi Sept 2013