Star Date 20172911
Benn Bell, Nairobi, Kenya
“He did not think of himself as a tourist. He was a traveler. The difference was partly one of time. Whereas the tourist hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging to no more one place than to the next, moves slowly over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. It would be very difficult indeed to tell anyone, of the many places he lived, precisely where he felt most at home.
Another important difference between the tourist and the traveler is that the former accepts his own civilization as his own without question; not so with the traveler, who compares it with the others and rejects those elements he finds not to his liking.”
-Paul Bowels, The Sheltering Sky
On Safari in Africa
On this spot in 1989 Kenya burned 12 tons of ivory worth over three million in U.S. dollars.
Nairobi National Park
According to then president Moi, “To stop the poacher the trader must be stopped and to stop the trader the final buyer must be convinced not to buy ivory.”
The tusks that were burned represents more than 2000 elephants shot and killed over a four year period.
Hotel Serena, Nairobi, Kenya
Public Transportation in Nairobi, Kenya
Busses in Nairobi are called Matatus. They are painted bight colors and are loud.
70% of the population use them for transportation. They are cheap and convenient, but like everything else in Nairobi, they are chaotic.
The name comes from Swahili meaning three. It is unclear as to three what, but it is commonly believed it refers to a coin worth about ten cents which would equate to 30 cents per ride.