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Round the rim of Lake Victoria

semi-overcast 28 °C

Emma and I travelled to visit my REAP co-worker Sam who lives in the Asembo area, a couple of hours away in the middle of the countryside. We stayed a night there and felt the peacefulness and solitude of being out in the sticks. It is a very different feel to the town, things are much more relaxed. It feels like you have gone back in time as well where people are living in a more traditional way on their compounds.
Sam and his family were a great host to us and really looked after us. We also visited REAP contacts in the area and popped into a local school to see what happens in a rural school on a day to day basis. Emma led all the kids in a silly song about monkeys and crocodiles. I was made to be the crocodile catching and eating the children, though I'm sure the kids have never seen a crocodile with such big hair.
Sam and Emma chat on hyena rock

Sam and Emma chat on hyena rock

Emma plays with chubby little Alice, Sam's daughter

Emma plays with chubby little Alice, Sam's daughter

Empty Market Stalls in Asembo

Empty Market Stalls in Asembo

Smiley Family in Asembo

Smiley Family in Asembo

Colourful maize harvest,Asembo

Colourful maize harvest,Asembo


We also took the opportunity while out that direction to head even further out along the rim of Lake Victoria to a place called Mbita, a small town right on the edge of the water and requiring a ferry ride to reach it. We knew of a lovely, serene resort there and stayed a night to recharge a little. Strangely, the resort is run by a Norwegian guy called 'Odd' and includes a lighthouse that he built which you can pay extra to stay in. The scenery is very reminiscent of Scotland's west coast - islands and bluish hills in the distance, so it felt like I was back home.
Relaxed at the resort

Relaxed at the resort

Relaxed at the edge of Lake Victoria with the lighthouse in the background

Relaxed at the edge of Lake Victoria with the lighthouse in the background

A Dhow plys its trade in the evening light on Lake Victoria

A Dhow plys its trade in the evening light on Lake Victoria

Local Ferry on Lake Victoria

Local Ferry on Lake Victoria

Interesting message on dhow on Lake Victoria: '<em>oh truly they have found me quilty but through Jah proved my innocency'</em>

Interesting message on dhow on Lake Victoria: '<em>oh truly they have found me quilty but through Jah proved my innocency'</em>


A weird coincidence happened when we were waiting for a matatu at the side of the main road after having been the night at Sam's. We were sitting, watching and waiting when a car pulled to a stop a couple hundred metres down the road and a white man gets out. As he walks towards us, we are wondering why he is interested in us. As he comes closer, however, we start to realise that it is Kevin McKemey, a humble, wise man with big responsibilities for advising NGOs, the World Bank and UN about the effectiveness of their development programs. We know him from Emma's family church in Greyfriars. These coincidences happen occasionally and are mind-boggling...
Chance meetings with old friends in the middle of nowhere

Chance meetings with old friends in the middle of nowhere

Posted by africraigs 06:13 Archived in Kenya

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