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Dive Trip to the Sudanese Red Sea

I lived in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia for fifth and sixth grades. On many weekends, we’d go to the beach on the Red Sea. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to scuba dive in the Red Sea. Snorkeling and swimming wasn’t enough. I wanted to go deeper, see more, and hang out under the water. I finally got my wish. We just got back from a week-long dive trip on the Red Sea, leaving from Port Sudan. (We flew on Emirates from Nairobi to Dubai and then on Fly Dubai to Port Sudan. This avoided having to go through Khartoum.) The trip was great! The marine life was abundant. The reefs were healthy. The boat, the M/Y Voyager, was nice (review to come soon). The people we dove with were super nice and we made some new friends. There were just a few glitches. There was not a lot of current, and so there were not as many sharks as I would have liked. We did see some though. I even saw a hammerhead – my first! …

Review: Olerai House

This past Easter we spent the four-day weekend at Olerai House in Navaisha. We had a fantastic time. You can read about it and see the video in my last two posts. It was a truly unique experience. The best part, for me, was the set up. There isn’t a big common area, but each room is spacious with lots of sitting and lounging space should the rains take you inside. Lucky for us, it was clear and we got to hang around in the many cushioned lounge areas set up outside. You can sit or lie down and just watch the animals walk by you—literally right by you. The zebra were constant companions, coming quite close. We also had giraffe strolling along. In the distance we could see waterbuck, gazelle, buffalo, and baboons. Some hippos came up toward the evening. (The staff keeps you safe so no worry about charging hippos. Also, they constantly clean up so no worry about zebra poops….zebras do like to poop. I’m happy to say that while I watched …

Easter Weekend

J. has been traveling almost nonstop for work. I’ve been holding down the fort on my own in the meantime. We both needed a break. Thankfully, we had the four day weekend from Good Friday through Easter Weekend. We escaped to Navaisha! We got up early and beat the traffic out of Nairobi and enjoyed the drive along the Rift Valley escarpment. We arrived at Olerai House (review to come soon) a bit before lunch. Then, we let the relaxing begin! We did not do much, and that was the point. We spent most of our time lazing about, napping, reading, playing video games (J.), and knitting (me). All this was done outside in the presence of zebras and giraffe strolling by, sometimes quite close! We also some some hippo. They come up from the lake at night to feed. We saw one right outside our cottage Friday night. Sunday we saw one come up in the early evening. An adolescent male, in bad shape, came right up outside another cottage and happily munched away. …