Month: March 2019

The Railway Museum

We had some lovely house guests recently. We did the usual jaunts…and something new! We went to the Railway Museum. It’s a bit different from the usual tour around Karen and this is the 150th anniversary of the railway in Kenya, so it seemed like a good idea to visit. The museum is small. There isn’t a ton there, but what is there is interesting. It has artifacts, articles, and a lot of information about how hard it was to build the “lunatic express.” Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, including man-eating lions. I’m not going to delve into the history as that would be an entire book. The interior part of the museum is mostly historical, but there is one small room at the end where there is information about the modern railway. The new line from Nairobi to Mombassa is controversial as it goes through Nairobi National Park and people worried about the impact on wildlife. The exhibit on this venture really hammers in how wildlife-friendly the line is. I’m not …

Mafia Island

We like to do trips for our birthdays. We’re more about experiences than presents. It’s how we roll. This year, for my birthday, it’s how we dove. We went to Mafia Island, Tanzania. It’s a remote island that’s sort of part of the whole Pemba Channel. You get there via Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. The island is very eco-friendly, but we did manage to stay at one of the few places (maybe only place) with air conditioning. Say what you what. I like toilets and air conditioning. (There are a lot of mosquitos so air conditioned rooms allow me to sleep. Otherwise I will be bitten to death.) The air conditioned place, Mafia Island Lodge, is a bit run down. It’s fine. I’d say average food. Service was good. The rooms were…okay. We had to change rooms because the first room had a broken air conditioner. Besides climate control, the other reason we picked the lodge is because Mafia Island Diving is there. They are an amazing dive shop. Organized. Professional. Really nice. They …

The Widow

The series The Widow on Amazon Video is getting a lot of chatter. Some people find it offensive. The people who don’t like it take offense partly at the dialogue, partly at Kate Beckinsale’s hair and makeup, and partly because they feel the story plays into the white savior theme. I disagree on most of this. The one part I agree on is that the bronzer was a little heavy and that the ponytail was annoying on Ms. Beckinsale. But that’s it. On the important part of the story, I totally disagree. I found the story and the characters nuanced and complex. If you know anything about current events in the Democratic Republic of Congo, you will know that much of the dialogue is realistic and that the story line is accurate as to what’s going on there. As someone living in Africa (albeit in Kenya), well aware of what’s going on in surrounding countries, with a husband who works for UNHCR, and having worked in financial inclusion (interacting with many NGOs), I can tell …