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Lynda S. | profile | all galleries >> Africa 2009 >> Nairobi, May 24, 2009 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Nairobi, May 24, 2009

A special day today - Jamie's birthday! And, what better way than to spend it with friends? Kennedy picked us up from the hotel at 10:30 and we set out to Sarah's school, Kenya High School for a special visit. Nyiva was home from school for the weekend too, and Val came with us as well, so it truly was a 'family' day. After visiting Sarah, we went back to Kennedy & Val's house for a special birthday lunch for Jamie - even though we had barely just eaten breakfast, we did the meal justice. Following a wonderful cake that one of their relatives made for Jamie, we drove out past Athi River to Nyiva's school to drop her off. There was major construction on the highway (that's the Mombassa Road) so we opted to take a 'short-cut' through what could only be called a gravel pit. What fun that was!
Back in Nairobi, we met Daniel and his family at the Carnivore for yet another celebration, and another cake for Jamie.
One of the dorms at Kenya High School (Sarah's school)
One of the dorms at Kenya High School (Sarah's school)
Val, Sarah, Grandma, Nyiva, Grandpa at Kenya High School visiting Sarah
Val, Sarah, Grandma, Nyiva, Grandpa at Kenya High School visiting Sarah
Sarah & Nyiva
Sarah & Nyiva
'But mom, if it's MY birthday why are the girls getting all the presents?'
'But mom, if it's MY birthday why are the girls getting all the presents?'
Val, Emma, Betty put on this wonderful lunch for us!
Val, Emma, Betty put on this wonderful lunch for us!
Betty, Emma and Val's housekeeper bring in the cake for Jamie
Betty, Emma and Val's housekeeper bring in the cake for Jamie
And what a grand cake it was! Spectacular I would say!
And what a grand cake it was! Spectacular I would say!
It is tradition in East Africa for the birthday guy to cut the cake along with his parents
It is tradition in East Africa for the birthday guy to cut the cake along with his parents
Then, he slices off two pieces....
Then, he slices off two pieces....
And feeds them to his parents, to honour them for bringing him into the world
And feeds them to his parents, to honour them for bringing him into the world
Betty, Emma and
Betty, Emma and
A matatu on the road to Mombasa - lots of construction, very dusty!
A matatu on the road to Mombasa - lots of construction, very dusty!
I do believe the detour was through a gravel pit.....
I do believe the detour was through a gravel pit.....
Amongst all of this dust we found a Maasai herding his cows
Amongst all of this dust we found a Maasai herding his cows
Nyvia and Jamie at Nyvia's school
Nyvia and Jamie at Nyvia's school
The Carnivore - Jamie's birthday dinner was here
The Carnivore - Jamie's birthday dinner was here
The grill pit at the Carnivore
The grill pit at the Carnivore
The 'Dawa' man brings potent drinks to the table
The 'Dawa' man brings potent drinks to the table
While the 'sword guy' brings the meat to the table!
While the 'sword guy' brings the meat to the table!
The left hand side of the table - Jim, Lynda, Jamie, Kennedy & Daniel
The left hand side of the table - Jim, Lynda, Jamie, Kennedy & Daniel
The right hand side of the table - Eunice, Ivan, Molly, Terrance & Daniel (again)
The right hand side of the table - Eunice, Ivan, Molly, Terrance & Daniel (again)
The whole staff sang a fabulous rendition of 'Jambo Bwana' to Jamie
The whole staff sang a fabulous rendition of 'Jambo Bwana' to Jamie
And he enjoyed it!
And he enjoyed it!
The traditional cutting of the cake - again!
The traditional cutting of the cake - again!
'Please mom, no more cake......'
'Please mom, no more cake......'