Team Smallbean consisted of Carrie – a librarian from Minnesota, Kavitha – a lawyer from Boston, Sean, and myself. I had the pleasure of joining the crew for training in three sites: Elangata Waus in Masailand… the Kibera slum in Nairobi… and the border town of Busia near Uganda… before zipping back to the states for a family wedding.
The entire experience was a blast, but in the spirit of limited attention spans, here are the highlights, both dairy and otherwise:
- Masailand was GORGEOUS. Bright colors, awesome landscape, and some of the nicest people ever. It’s the safari you (okay, maybe just naive me) think of when you hear the word Kenya:
- The largest slum in Nairobi, and the second largest urban slum in Africa, Kibera was quite densely packed (fun fact: wiki says kibera accounts for <1% of nairobi’s total area but holds >25% of its population. dayummmm.).
- Busia was amazingly lush and green…a nice change of scenery from the dry plains of Masailand and the concrete jungle of Nairobi. Our very gracious hosts really showed us the sights by taking us out to a club, introducing us to the deliciousness that is fermented milk, and smuggling us into Uganda. Busia is a bordertown so its residents are used to crossing in&outta the UG on a daily basis…however, for us TSA-friendly American’s, it felt totally badass.
While Team Smallbean ventured off to beach paradise Lamu, I had a day-ish in Nairobi before my flight back to the states. Hanging out with friends and venturing out to Lake Nakuru, it was a fun, relaxing way finish up the trip.
Lake Nakuru is located in Central Kenya and has copious amounts of algae that consequently attracts copious numbers of flamingos. It was quite a (smelly) sight.
At the Naivasha toll booth, as in many other countries, there are vendors coming up to cars to sell various goods…while I’ve seen an eclectic assortment of merch sold in such situations around the world, this was the first time I’d ever seen JUGS of yogurt being offered as the sole product. Turns out, there was a yogurt factory down the street that thought this would be a great advertising campaign… ingenious!?! yes. I thought so too.
Hugh Cholmondeley, 3rd Baron Delamere, 1st Dairy King of Kenya