I’m going to attempt this live blogging thing today as mom, Tito taxi, and I make our way to Nairobi in the car. Almost exactly one year ago I did the exact journey, except in reverse.
Here’s what our journey will look like:
Of course it’s pouring rain this morning, but I suppose it will make me miss Mwanza a little less…
Grrrr, that’s my annoyed dog sound. I tried to upload a photo but I guess we’re already too far away from Mwanza and so the connection is too slow. Don’t worry, mom’s taking lots of photos and will upload them just as soon as she can!
We’re just past Kisesa, where mom works at the Health Center, and the sun is rising in front of us. It’s super pretty but also reminds me how early it is. This puppy needs his sleep!
I just had my first cow sighting of the day and we all know how much I love cows…HOORAY!
Our car problems have started just outside of Magu. There was a funny noise as we went over one of the many speed bumps on the road from Mwanza to Sirari. Tito taxi pulled over and sure enough, the car was broken. Also, mom and I are a spectacle so we’ve gathered a bit of a morning crowd of assorted drunk men. Eww.
The C-V joint on Tito’s car broke just outside of Magu so we had to pull over and Tito went to town to find a new car part. And my brilliant mother accidentally locked the keys in the car. So now we’re standing outside on the road surrounded by people who are fascinated by me and my mom. Wish us luck!
Guess who got to see more cows while we were waiting for the car to get fixed? This little doggie, that’s who! Oh, and then I tried to eat some of their poop, which got me in trouble with mom. Oops!
While we were waiting for the car to be fixed (it’s going on 2 hours now), a nice man from a little shop nearby brought over some of the tiny fish called daga and let me have some. Amazingly enough, this is my first time eating daga since moving to Tanzania, even though most local dogs eat daga everyday. They were interesting. Salty and slightly crunchy, but I didn’t have time for breakfast before we left so they were good enough for me!
We’re finally on the move again, YAY! We’re just now crossing the ‘Narrow Damaged Bridge’ which makes mom and I laugh every time we see it.
Now we’ve passed Speke Bay, one of my favorite places in Tanzania. Too bad we can’t stop in and say hello to everyone. They’re also doing roadwork in this area and we have to drive on a dirt road (I’m unsure if you can actually call it that). This road gets Tito taxi’s car all dirty, something which really, really annoys him.
We’re driving past the Serengeti Western Corridor gate. I really wish I can go inside, because I love me some animals, but I guess I’m too much animal for a National Park.
Zebra sighting. This basically makes my day.
We’ve finally arrived in the border town of Sirari. Mom and Tito taxi do something at an office while I wait in the car. Lots of people gather around to stare at me, so i go and I hide underneath the seat so they can’t make fun of me.
It took us almost an hour to do all the nonsense required at the border and we’re now on the Kenyan side of the border in a town called Isebania. Mom and Tito taxi had to go and do more stuff in another office and again I had to stay in the car. Then they went to a funny little office where mom argued with a man about something and eventually forked over some money. He then proceeded to sit behind a weird, loud machine and made a paper that Tito taxi had to keep with his car in case there was an accident. They also made me go to the Veterinary office where they looked at all my paperwork. Mom told them that I was healthier and better vaccinated than any human who crossed the border so they sent us on our way.
There’s Christmas carols on the radio in Kenya. I almost forgot this is why mom and I are going to America!
A crazy or drunk person (or maybe both) jumped on our car in a town called Sotik. I did not like this man so I barked until he got off and was chased away by some other people outside.
We’ve been driving for 12 hours now, but then we see a double rainbow and all of us are instantly happier.
More zebras alongside the road. We were going to fast to get a photo, but I promise you, they were there and I saw them. Mom says we’re near the Maasai Mara so that’s why there’s zebras here.
We’re now passing the Great Rift Valley overlook, but unfortunately it’s dark so we can’t see it. Luckily I got a nice view last year when we drove this way so I’m not too upset.
I’m finally here in the Nairobi Hilton with some food and some water and I think that’s totally awesome. Mom’s too tired to type up all the stuff that I made her write down today after we lost our internet connection, but I promise I’ll make her fill in the rest of the trip with photos first thing tomorrow!