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Western Kenya & Nandi County

The drive from Eldoret to Kisumu

On Thursday Jared & I rented a car to drive 2 hours out to Kenya’s 4th largest town Kisumu. Just to clarify Jared drives while I sit there using my imaginary brake like I do when driving with my daughter as we pass trucks on mountain roads. This is the closest town where four other Pulse volunteers are based. We needed to search for a particular printer that is capable of printing the coded forms for the fistula patients, and meet with some people at the OGRA foundation where the others work. It was nice to get out of Eldoret and see more of the country. The route to Kisumu winds through Nandi County where we drove past tea & coffee plantations, sugar cane & corn fields. The mountains were beautiful and reminded me of the Tuscany region in Italy. It was very picturesque but different. Italy has the endless grape vines, groves of olive trees and quaint villages. Nandi County is very green with an occasional small village and isolated houses sometimes made of packed mud. I’m not sure how they hold up with all of the rain in this region. There were many people picking tea in the fields which looks very labor intensive. I’ve attached some pictures of the hills & homes.

Next weekend I made plans go back to Kisumu which seems 10x bigger than Eldoret, and do something with the crew there. There is a boat tour out onto Lake Victoria to see hippos. That would be my first encounter with anything other than farm animals here in “wild” Africa.

Posted by bjmccrudden 00:50 Archived in Kenya Tagged mountains

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Great to read your tales! I am sure you are experiencing great many journeys & learning experiences, as well as having the opportunity to help the people of Kenya. We all miss you, and are trying real hard to hold down the fort! Take care, have fun, and keep on making a difference! Dolores

by Dolores Nickerson

Hi BJ,
I was just on your blog. I wanted to say how sorry I am about the loss of your friend Alden. I'm not sure if I knew him but then again, we see so many folks walking up and down the halls at FP. I realize it's been a few weeks but I don't know if I could hold it together with such a loss and wanted to extend my sympathy.

I have met a couple of folks from Kenya who are here on a Save the Children mission. They are locals and we've been talking about life in Kenya. You came to mind and I mentioned how envious I was of you because you have other PULSE folks around and I don't. They said I have them.(LOL) They've invited me to Kenya and I am planning to take them up on the offer. I'll keep you posted before I depart. I was thinking October. Your thoughts? Maybe we can all make a trip somwhere.

Take care and all the best with your project.

Blessings,
Ivy

by Ivy Peterson

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