Carmen Amrein yazdı: KENYA
13/06/2014   By:    SİZDEN GELENLER, Yazılar   No Comment

Carmen ile birkaç hafta önce, İstanbul’da bir mağazada alışveriş yaparken tanıştım. Tanışınca sohbet etmeye başladık. Bana İsviçreli olduğunu, daha önce İstanbul’da bir süre yaşadığını, şu anda ise eşinin işi sebebiyle Kenya’da yaşadıklarını anlattı.

Dolayısıyla Kenya’yı duyunca benim merak genlerim bir anda uyandı. :) Sordukça sormaya başladım ve yaşadığı ufak tefek sıkıntılar dahil çok eğlenceli bir şekilde Kenya’daki hayatından bahsetti. İsviçre gibi medeniyetin beşiği bir ülkeden Kenya gibi yoklukların bol olduğu bir ülkeye gitmek zor bir şey tabii…

Keyifli sohbetimiz sonrası, Carmen’e www.nereyekacsak.com’dan bahsettim. Eğer Kenya ile ilgili bir yazı yazabilirse, çok memnun olacağımı belirttim. Beni kırmadı ve bol fotoğraflı bir yazı yolladı. Pek vaktim olmadığı için Türkçe’ye çeviremedim. Ama İngilizce bilmeyenler de eminim ki fotoğraflara bakmaktan keyif alacaklardır, zira ben bayıldım tüm fotoğraflara.

Carmen, geçtiğimiz hafta da doğal ortamlarında bebek gorillaları görmeye gitti. Bu gezisi için de yazı sözü aldım. Sabırsızlıkla bekliyorum… :)

OUT OF AFRICA

When Orcun asked me to write a report on my life in Kenya I was thinking about what shall i write… Kenya had very bad press in the past month. I decided to mention the positive aspects! Altough my life here is not comparable with my earlier life in Switzerland. The word “liberty” has got a completely different dimension for us. But let’s start from the beginning.

End of 2010 my husband came up with the news, the IT Company he is working for will send us to Johannesburg/South Africa for one year. Well….honestly. I’ve been dreaming about to live in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia… Actually everything else than Africa. Briefly said, despite the initial fears we had a wonderful time in South Africa! Am still missing the clear blue sky and the most delicious food!

However, the adventure has not ended in Johannesburg it has brought us deeper into Africa, to Kenya.

“Karibu to Kenya” welcome to Kenya! Most Kenyans are very friendly and happy people, although the majority is living under very poor conditions. If you are adaptable and flexible you can have a happy life here. “Hakuna Matata” means no problem or being patience. The traffic is a nightmare in Nairobi and in the evening we can’t go out because of security reasons. During the rainy season the electricity is off for hours and sometimes we having the house full of flying ants.

Kenya_Streets during Rain in Nairobi

Potholes…never ending story

Kenya_Ngong Road Nairobi

This is a typically place to buy furniture. Bring your IKEA catalogue and you will get a copy of your preferred bed or sofa (well sometimes it turns out a bit different…)

Kenya_Plantation in Limuru

Kenya is very well known for the best tea and coffee-quality! Tea is ranked as the third major foreign exchange earner behind tourism and horticulture.

Within Kenya there are over 40 national parks and wildlife game reserves. My personal favorite place to go is the Masai Mara (also known as Masai Mara and by the locals as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, contiguous with the Serengeti (Tanzania). It’s globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.

Kenya_Great Migration July 13

Kenya_Mara River crossing July 13

Kenya_Wildebeest Migration July 13

The Great Migration

Kenya_Masai Mara October 12

Cheetha eating a wildebeest, Masai Mara

Kenya_Elephant Pepper Camp Masai Mara

This is what a typically bush camp looks like. Elephant Pepper Camp Masai Mara

Kenya_Amboseli August 12

The Amboseli National Park is known for its huge population of elephants

Kenya_Baby Elephant Amboseli August 12

Baby elephant at the Amboseli National Park… Kenya plans to deploy surveillance drones to help fight elephant and rhino poachers! Please read more about elephant orphans: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

Kenya_Laikipia Wildlife Conservation May 13

And of course no Safari without seeing “the King”

Kenya_Laikipia Wildlife Conservation Baby Lion May 13

Laikipia Wildlife Conservation

Kenya is definitely a place to visit, don’t you think?

CARMEN AMREIN

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