Collecting firewood

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Women transporting bundles of Firewood. In rural Kenya, people often have to travel several km to get the wood they need for cooking their daily meals.

Kids on their way back from school

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I came across these three kids on their way back from school, in their uniform (mandatory for all schools in Kenya). As soon as they saw me their reaction was :

  1. “OMG Mzungu !”
  2. Wave at me, and say something in the lines of “hihowayou?”
  3. I wave back, they burst out laughing

With time I noticed that pattern with many other kids, especially in the rural areas where the visit of western people isn’t common.

Eyes of Kenya

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Took this picture of a child who just came back from school – he is still wearing his uniform. Couldn’t help but notice his penetrating gaze.

Blue haze

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Around the equator, the days are always 12 hours long, same as nights. Coming from Sweden (where days are now more than 18 hours long), that was one of the most obvious changes when i came here.

This picture was taken on my way back from Karatina, a bit after sunset (or what is known to photographers as the “blue hour”).

Self sufficient

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Cooking lunch in the Kenyan rural area means mostlt relying on yourself to get all the ingredients :

  • Cutting the wood to use for cooking (in the foreground)
  • Slaughtering a chicken yourself, then take away the feathers and prepare it for cooking (in the background)
  • Getting your vegetables from your field
  • etc…

Meet Stella

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Stella is one of the employees of the HSHC Guest House (where I was staying). On a sunday she kindly invited us to her place. This is her with her two kids, preparing Chapati (a traditional meal resembling crepes) for lunch.

Meet Gerald

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Gerald is 7 years old, has straight As in school and loves running and taking pictures.

I took this picture of him while we were walking back home from a small walk, it was raining then, but it didn’t keep him from running all around.

Playing in the rain

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After a few hours of walking, it started raining, we were all tired but Gerald still wanted to play. Ruth (left) and Tom (right) are two other volunteers in the area.

Aberdare National Park

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After Nairobi National Park in the beginning of my stay, I decided to visit another National Park on my last week.

Aberdare is a forest and a small mountain in the Mt. Kenya region, and part of it was made into a national park. Although you get to see some nice landscapes, it isn’t as interesting as Nairobi National Park, because animals tend to hide in the forest, and overall it’s just a car ride in a forest. And at $65 for the entrance only, an expensive one.

Nanyuki open air market

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Twice a week in Nanyuki there is a huge open air market. Clothes and fruits are the main things being exchanged.

A lot of the clothes come either from China or are second hand donated clothes from European countries.

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