Sunday, November 11, 2007

KENYA dig it?

lame heading i know, but not as bad as the 2 overnight flights i took to get to nairobi! thank god for virgin's upper class. it's been a while since I had my "bed" made.

we landed in cold, drizzly weather, which our tour driver swore meant "good luck" but i thought bullshit. There was no way wildlife would come out. But low and behold, not even 2 minutes from the airport, we saw a giraffe gazing at us in, like, the grass.

Nairobi is pretty cosmopolitan as africa goes and it was good to be back on the continent. After check-in at the Norfolk hotel, we were ushered to the National Park for some safari "pre-game". Wild boar roamed as baboons scattered to let our vehicle charge through.

As if that wasn't enough, we were taken to the famous David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust where orphan elephants are raised. Did you know that elephants have human emotions? Like, if two elephants got a banana each and the third didn't, that dude would wail and whine with his trunk until he got one too. Like kids, Dame Daphne confirmed. And the asshole journalists we are, we got to come into their "cage" while the others looked on from the other side of the rope. We are assholes, but after touching these cute animals, I knew why Natalie Portman (who came here two weeks ago) started using shea butter.

Cheeky monkey.

I love feeding giraffes. And they really do have 18-inch tongues. See video below.

Did you ever see Out of Africa? I'm not sure I can handle the three-hour long movie, but bitch had a nice house.

This necklace is made of 400-year old trade beads. It's not just a picture of me eating sorbet served in bowl made of ice. Look at the damn necklace. They don't make this shit no more mostly because the original "artisans" from the Mareno island were sworn to secrecy (if they ever told anyone how it was made, they were killed). It's still a mystery!

Off to the real safari at Masaii Maas (sp?) tomorrow where obviously I don't have internet connection... miss yall!