Thank you all who Voted and Commented on Lunch 70 - In The 'Bush'. Yes, we are back earlier than expected from Meru, due to the poor state of both the park and the Lodge. Despite reading about the road infrastucture and Lodges having been upgraded and refurbished, work seems to be incomplete. Roads are 'corrugated', so the vehicle was banging up and down and speech came out as "uh-uh-uh-uh". The wildlife are very skittish and shy (the park is not frequented by many vehicles and engine noise makes them so).
Our Guide was the worst driver ever. The roads have deep ditches each side and 3-point turns were laughable. He rolled the vehicle just over the edge of each ditch and unsuccessfully attempted to reverse, without first applying the handbrake, resulting in the vehicle ending up at the bottom of the ditch with a 'bang'. Excusable once, but not so funny after many such 'bangs'. Yes, the handbrake did work - he applied it every time we were outside the Lodge entrance, then wondered why the vehicle wouldn't move when he attempted to pull away.
He claimed to be a Silver Grade Guide, but called an Olive Baboon a Monkey, a Crowned Plover a Lapwing and had never heard of a Martial Eagle, repeating the words over and over to himself, after we identified one such bird.
The final sin was when the Lodge ran out of Kenya's top-selling beer 'Tusker'. Harrrumph..!
Plans are afoot for another adventure and I'll let you know more, when finalised.
You will have noted that the title of today's upload breaks the sequence of 'Lunches'? The reason behind this is to give due warning to all my EPZ friends who are of a delicate disposition. The next 7 uploads will feature scenes which may turn the stomachs of some, while delighting the more blood-thirsty ones.
Masai people have been on this earth for centuries (some historians argue their existence exceeds 3,000 years). Their lands once covered most of the Rift Valley and have been depleted by both English settlers for their ranches and the Kenya Government for Game Parks, e.g. Masai Mara and Nairobi National Park. Cities areas like Nairobi once belonged to the Masai. They used to have no 'money' as we know it, their wealth being their livestock. Today, educational programs are enticing the Masai to learn farming husbandry and sell their cattle, in order to school their children (it was delightful to drive past schools with uniformed children playing happily, on the way up to the Mara - at juxtaposition to the very young children herding sheep, goats and cows in the adjoining land).
My interpretation of the Masai diet includes the regular eating of roots, leaves and other 'medicines' Before eating or drinking what they do; as a preventative, rather than the Western way of taking medicines After a bout of illness. It is this practice which enables the Masai to eat raw meat and drink animal blood, where it would make us very ill indeed. I found the Traditional Slaughtering of a Goat by Masai to be most interesting and I hope you do too. If you decide to opt out of viewing the series, I wouldn't blame you in the least - and if you drop me a PM, I'll be delighted to let you know when it's all over.
Have a Marvelous Monday everyone....!
PS: I have agreed with Karen (Junior Gallery Team) to add an Adult tag to the upcoming series. Karen will remove the tag, if she feels that it is unwarranted. A good decision, I feel, so that Karen will be able to look after the interests of our young EPZers (the youngest is just 3 years old..!!)
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