Playa del Carmen, Mexico's virtual guidebook written by locals
 

Go Back   www.Playa.info > Trip Reports > Trip Reports: Other Countries
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-06-2013   #61 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
Awww, thanks! I don't want it to end, either!

Crystal and I have been asked to do a presentation about Free the Children and this trip to our local elementary kids when school starts up again. Pretty neat.

yes, he sure does have some wicked looking scars!

I have photobucket issues again...I will finish tomorrow...two more installments with photos/stories...and that secret surprise!
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013   #62 (permalink)
reposado
 
Cocotel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Utah!
Posts: 1,280
Send a message via Skype™ to Cocotel
The book is really interesting; thanks!
Cocotel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013   #63 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cocotel View Post
The book is really interesting; thanks!

good! I just started it, myself.

They were really interesting guys. We had 'fireside stories' with the Warriors one night. Winston has killed two lions. Although they are not legally supposed to do that anymore, it is still done.

They also told us about how Maasai warriors get circumcized at age 16 or 17....without pain meds....no flinching allowed. If they flinch, they are never considered 'warriors'.

They also told us about how girls are also circumcised. Also illegal today in Kenya, but some of the more remote tribes still do it, apparently.

Afterward, I talked to a couple of the Me to We girls about that and what sort of a approach they take when they hear similar stories. It was an interesting discussion about respect for culture versus taking a stand against what is an obvious horrific and outdated act on young girls. If the charity went in like gangbusters and started telling them what they shouldn't or could not do, they likely would not have gained the trust and acceptance of the tribes. So it's tough.

But with time and education, the practice is getting more and more rare...and is no longer taking place in the communities they are involved with.
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013   #64 (permalink)
aņejo
 
TAPPY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 21,998
Big kitttys indeed.


They all looked so relaxed !
Love the Zebra pics !
TAPPY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #65 (permalink)
reposado
 
Cocotel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Utah!
Posts: 1,280
Send a message via Skype™ to Cocotel
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rissask View Post
good! I just started it, myself.

They were really interesting guys. We had 'fireside stories' with the Warriors one night. Winston has killed two lions. Although they are not legally supposed to do that anymore, it is still done.

They also told us about how Maasai warriors get circumcized at age 16 or 17....without pain meds....no flinching allowed. If they flinch, they are never considered 'warriors'.

They also told us about how girls are also circumcised. Also illegal today in Kenya, but some of the more remote tribes still do it, apparently.

Afterward, I talked to a couple of the Me to We girls about that and what sort of a approach they take when they hear similar stories. It was an interesting discussion about respect for culture versus taking a stand against what is an obvious horrific and outdated act on young girls. If the charity went in like gangbusters and started telling them what they shouldn't or could not do, they likely would not have gained the trust and acceptance of the tribes. So it's tough.

But with time and education, the practice is getting more and more rare...and is no longer taking place in the communities they are involved with.
I'm at a point in the book where he talks about the circumcision of women and how they've begun educating them on why it shouldn't be done. More of the Massai women are speaking up about it and refusing to have it done.

Did you meet Jackson, as well? They are amazing men!
Cocotel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #66 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cocotel View Post
I'm at a point in the book where he talks about the circumcision of women and how they've begun educating them on why it shouldn't be done. More of the Massai women are speaking up about it and refusing to have it done.

Did you meet Jackson, as well? They are amazing men!

Jackson was with one of the other two groups that were at Bogani that week, a group from Toronto...we didn't spend much time with him as we were assigned Winston and Peter, but yes we did get to meet him. Great guy, too.

Yes, another reason why education is key. I sat with three little Kipsigi girls at one school for a bit and we were chatting. They were fascinated that my husband actually does cleaning and cooking at our home ...also they were interested in why I never had children.....these things are just so alien to them!
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #67 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
and now for our final and greatest 'secret surprise'.

(the other 'secret surprise' we had that week was the Kenyan Boys Choir showing up to sing for us- a two hour plus concert- they were great!)

Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #68 (permalink)
reposado
 
Cocotel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Utah!
Posts: 1,280
Send a message via Skype™ to Cocotel
How very cool!
Cocotel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #69 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
After the full day on the game reserve, we were happy and tired and drinking Tuskers on the two hour drive home.

Earlier in the day, one of our lorries had a flat tire...not too uncommon on those roads. Their spare was no good, so they used ours, and we were on our way...with no spare tires (gulp!).

On the way home, we suddenly turned off the road and started driving up the side of a fairly steep and large hill on a very poor quality track. Hmmm. Amy and the other facilator in our lorry mumbled something about needing to go pick up a spare tire.

We had all had a couple Tuskers by this point so we took it in stride...but the rougher the track got, the fishier this explanation seemed to us....what, is there an OK Tire up on the side of this mountain? We didn't think so! Everyone started speculating what was happening and Amy told us it was another secret surprise.

We got to the top of the hill to be met by three men with rifles. Uh...what is going on here?

They herded us off the lorries, and we started hiking up farther into the bush....to find.....


two white rhinos!!








They are the last two left in the entire Maasai Mara. They have been poached to near extinction....the armed guards work for the government and they protect them from poachers. Sad.

We couldn't believe how close they allowed us to get...we were within ten feet....the rhinos just kept munching grass and ignored us. We stayed for about a half hour watching them and then were on our way again.

very cool

We arrived after sunset back at Bogani and showered up and had our final dinner at camp....very bittersweet! Lots of great highlights from that day!

The next day we flew back on four smaller planes than the first time...once again I was pinching myself as we flew over the Great Rift Valley. We went to the Free the Children compound and office in Nairobi for lunch where Craig Keilburger put in an unexpected appearance- that was cool! We checked into the Tribe Hotel again and did some shopping, sunning, and lazing around.

That night, Crystal and Jonathon and I flew to Zurich at 11 pm, and then connected to Frankfurt, landing the next morning about 8. We took the ICE train (300 kms an hour- wow) down to Munich where we spent three nights at the Rocco Forte Charles Hotel....very nice place near the train station.

We toured around Munich, it was very hot (30C every day) and packed to the gills with tourists. Spent a lot of time in the English Gardens park, in biergartens of course, the Viktualmarket and the saw the Glockenspiel and the other attractions....and Jon and I went to Dachau memorial, very interesting tour there. Dachau is a beautiful old city, too, we spent some time checking that out as well.



What a beautiful country Kenya is....beautiful people and wildlife and scenery.... and such an amazing experience we had!

I will never forget this trip as long as I live. I feel very privileged to have been able to experience things in Kenya far beyond what the average tourist to Africa gets to see and do.
__________________
until a week on Isla Mujeres!

until 2 weeks in Huatulco and Puerto Escondido!
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #70 (permalink)
reposado
 
Cocotel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Utah!
Posts: 1,280
Send a message via Skype™ to Cocotel
Thanks for sharing your amazing experience with us!
Cocotel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #71 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cocotel View Post
Thanks for sharing your amazing experience with us!

and thank you for reading!
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #72 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
Dang, I forgot the river scene!

The hordes of wildbeest and zebra cross the river back into Tanzania to get their buddies, and back again....this is where you see the crocs getting them on the nature shows. One of my 'want-to-sees' was a croc getting a wildebeest, I said that jokingly before we left, not dreaming it was actually a reasonable wish!

We gathered at the Mara river at a popular crossing with several other safari groups to watch...







The zebra and wildebeest repeatedly would get their nerve up to get right close to the river's edge...only to get spooked and run back up the bank.






Three huge crocs were laying patiently in wait for them....





Alas, it was not to be, and we didn't get the show after all....we decided we would all rather move along and see more animals. But it was still very cool to see what we did.
Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #73 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
and some others I forgot to post earlier...














Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #74 (permalink)
Canada Dry
 
Rissask's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 56,326
termite mounds






Peter giving us Swahili lessons . Asante sana, Peter!



safety first!





one of the water stations



water pump for the tree nursery





schoolgirls at their Sports Day



beloved acacias



and one last Savannah sunset

Rissask is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013   #75 (permalink)
aņejo
 
caramba's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 7,006
What an amazing trip. Thanks for an incredible report!
caramba is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:08 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.