The drive from Eldoret to Kisumu
19.07.2012 - 19.07.2012
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.