It's done! We're back in Nairobi where we started six weeks ago.
We cheated again with bus and train due to time issues. Still very adventorous.
We took a small plane to leave Mafia island since risking your life by taking an overcrowded refugee boat is enough if you do it once in your life 😅
We had our bikes shipped to the airport of arrival in advance and they where actually there when we arrived. They were a bit more rusty than two days ago but still good to go 👌
We got an tattoo done in Daressalam that shows our trip.
The next morning we took a bus to Mombasa in Kenya. So far so good.
So yesterday night in Mombassa we saw this guy with a box of leaves on the street...
Turned out it was Miraa, Mirongi or also known as Kath which apparently is legal in Kenya.
Once you know it you suddenly realise that most people around you are chewing it right now.
So yea we ate that gross tasting stuff to find out what it does to you... The answer: you are very euphoric and alert which in other terms means there won't be any sleep tonight.
Very awesome when you are supposed to catch a train at 7am the next day and have to cycle there for one hour to get to the station.
The worst part of it is that the street we had to use was in a horrible condition - that there was trucks everywhere blowing diesel fumes and dust in your face and that the road led through the city's garbage burning fields that produced a huge smog cloud containg burned plastic and worse stuff. I don't even want to know.
I was raging😠
We managed to reach the train station in time all sweaty.
Imagine this super modern trainstaition in the middle of nowhere. Everything looks really fancy and professional but you can't pay by credit card 😅
So missed that train, had to get a cab all the way back to the city to get cash.
When we got back to the railway station they told us our bikes were too big so we would not be allowed to put em in the train 😪
It took us three hours to disasemble the bikes. We also wrapped them in our sleeping bags to make em look like regular luggage 😅 it actually worked and we got in!
Without the help of the security guards there tho this would have been much harder.
I love long drives with my husband. The smell of the ocean breeze. The sand on my feet, the feel of fresh air on my face and wind blowing through my hair whenever I am on the mountain’s summit, the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, the plain sight of trees, mountains and the tranquility of the sea. But what I love the most is the feeling of gratefulness in my heart whenever I am outdoors. I feel so rich ♥️
Whenever I plan on photographing with a specific goal, I always have something really great happen that was completely unexpected. In this case, I was at this location to shoot Japanese Red-crowned Cranes. While I was there, I became somewhat disenchanted with taking pictures of a ton of really big birds that were, for the most part, just standing around. One of the people that took us to the location pulled me aside and told me we should set up our cameras in a particular spot so we could get pictures of the cranes as they started to leave for their roosts as the sun began setting. I decided to practice shooting birds in flight, trying to get different effects of motion blur, either of the subject or the background, while I was waiting for the cranes. I took shots of ducks, swans, hawks, and eagles. At one moment, I looked across the field to see this male Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) moving through the brush. It stepped out into the light of the setting sun, paused, and looked straight at me. It was at that spot for 3-4 seconds, tops. Then it began running to find some more cover. However, that 3-4 seconds was enough for me to get this picture. It amazes me how often the concepts my Dad taught me, when I was a child, about hunting, now apply to a successful photo outing...practice, planning, patience, and pliability (adaptability).