Category Archives: Kenya

Don’t Leave Kenya – Let Your Parents go Back to Europe and the US!

Every time I go to Kenya I make a point of touching base at Hillcrest Secondary School. It played an important part in the life of our family for over twenty-five years. On the first day of my recent holiday, … Continue reading

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Today We Are Lucky…

March 2018 It’s amazing what you can learn when you chat to strangers – especially drivers in Kenya. While on my way from Ukunda to Mombasa, the driver told me something which has stuck in my mind: “I wish they … Continue reading

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Challenging Days at the Office

My Kenyan holiday takes on a business-like tone a week after I arrive at the coast. On Monday it’s an early rise, and a smooth drive to Mombasa from Ukunda. We pass countless tuk-tuks precariously plying their trade on three … Continue reading

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Where Oh Where Are We?

Kenya diaries Ctd.. An entirely different ambience awaits me in the spacious beach home of Les and Joe, only a few minutes’ walk from the package holiday Hotel. Their two dogs, black and brown Labradors – whose behaviour reminds me … Continue reading

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A Leisurely Cycle of Sleeping and Eating

Kenya Diary – March 2018. The people in Nairobi are subdued, not the optimistic vibrant feel of my last visit in 2015. The country is divided into two camps, and neither side will give way. Although Uhuru Kenyatta has the … Continue reading

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BLESSED WARMTH

I’m sorry for abandoning you over the past several months, but I have made a resolution to resume my Friday blogs. And what better time to start, than after a long-awaited visit to my homeland, which changes every time I … Continue reading

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Of Flaming Exhausts and Flashing Headlights

(Based on my article published by the Daily Nation, Kenya, on April 13th 1966) “Dammit – I’ve forgotten the tow-rope – and I need Nos. 6 and 7 box spanners.” Bruce drew his dirty fingernails through his tousled hair in exasperation. He was sitting … Continue reading

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Letters from Elsewhere: Charles Omari Ondiek

Originally posted on Miriam Drori, Author:
Today’s guest speaks to me from Africa and is brought by Jane Bwye. SPEAKING FOR MYSELF Thank you for having me, Miriam, and letting me come alive from the pages of Breath of Africa.…

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The Merry Matatu Marathon

When we rant and rave about “the Authorities”, and bemoan the plight of Africa’s wildlife, we often forget what it used to be like. Here’s a press cutting I’ve dug out from over thirty years ago, from Kenya’s now defunct Langata … Continue reading

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Memories of Kenya Railways

When we first came to Kenya by boat in 1946, I suppose we must have travelled to Nairobi by train. I can’t remember, because I was only five years old. My first recollection of matters to do with railways was … Continue reading

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