STEVEN

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Steven getting hit in the face by some serious rain

I have one goal today: meeting my youth friend and motorcycle buddy, Willem. But before we meet I still have a long 500 km journey ahead. We will meet at Lake Navaisha, close to mount Longonot, 60 km north-west of Nairobi. As I’m making my way down south, some serious rains are chasing me. A few times they catch me and my socks are soaked once again.

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The huts I encounter in the morning before I arrive in the lush farmlands close to Nairobi

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As this reference to rainfall may already indicate, the landscape becomes greener and the basic pastoralist huts are replaced by farmlands and houses. Just when a new windy wave of rain is about to hit me, I find a lonely soul along the road. A man waives at me. I stop and we set off as fast as possible to stay ahead of the rain and to catch up with a fastly proceeding bus that carries the suitcase of his wife. She forgot it. We manage to stop the bus and to retrieve the suitcase. When I drop him off the rain finally catches us and he invites me inside his house to shelter.

I must say that deep inside I expected a small thank-you-tea but there is no time, because the whole family is preparing to go to church. Steven is a nice guy but it becomes a bit awkward when he asks for a job. It’s not the first time that happens to me. I’m always honest and tell them that I have no connections in Kenya and that I’m, for now, actually unemployed myself. But it always gives a bit of a strange feeling to leave on such a note.

I have to drive through Nairobi, but I’m lucky because it’s a Sunday. I still manage to take a wrong turn in what must be the only traffic tunnel in East-Africa. After a long exhausting ride I’m appeased by the sight of the water of Lake Navaisha, glittering in the late afternoon sun.

 


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