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KENYA // SAMBURU DAY 2

18 Day 2 and we jump in the car as the sun is rising. Saga is wild with excitement as always. 2 The driver takes us down the red dirt roads, across bushy hills and around river banks. We find a mama lion with her cubs waking up in the glowing savanna. 3 More giant elephant herds with babies, swimming in the river. 5 More bumpy roads and leopards climbing rock, giraffes in the bushes and all the other animals inhabiting the african fauna. 20 By lunchtime we head back to the camp for brunch. 21 The baboons steal our bread and run up the tree while others munch on our spilt rice. 19 The crocodiles also come and join watching us eat. After brunch one of the park guards come and get us to take us out to his village. 614 An hours drive later we arrive at the village just by the border of the reserve. 15 The girls of the village greets us. 11 The head men of the village tells us about how they wanted to stop the circumcision of girls and instead send them to school. It gets me hopeful, but I’ve also heard the same story since I first moved to Africa. Confirmation of my suspicion comes five minutes later when they excitedly tells us about the big feast they were having tonight to celebrate that an eleven year old girl was circumcised last night. ELEVEN. I can’t even imagine. 9 It brings me back to the time when I lived in Nairobi and we had an exchange program with a Masaai village in 2007. We went to their school for two days and they went to ours. All circumcised and married at 16 to somebody their parents picked, and during chemistry in the concrete school the teacher smacked a girl with a stick because she was giggling. 17 But wow, these girls are our heroes, living through such a fucking oppression. THEY should write books teaching us things about being strong, and they should probably run these countries too. Like the women in Rwanda who make up two thirds of the parliament, as well as the women in Malawi, Senegal and Liberia who have taken over. 8 They show us the kindergarten of the village. 12 Shoes made out of tires, which was the original inspiration/version of these. 10 They continue taking us around, lecturing us about the traditions and history of the Samburu tribe. 13 Jumping competition. 7 After an hour we say thank you and bye. 23 The ride back is quiet, thoughtful. It’s weird and good when your bubble bursts. 2522 The sun starts setting and we get the food and the fire going. 24 Palek Paneer on plastic plates which a Genet Cat steals from us while we were having dinner. With chai tea in mugs we sit down by the fire on the river bank, seeing the world turn dark and the stars climbing over the sky once again. When the darkness is so compact that we can’t see more than a couple of meters ahead we get worried about wild animals and climb in to the protection of the canvas tent, falling asleep to the crackle of the fire and cicadas singing.   Linn

KENYA // SAMBURU DAY 1

7 We get up too early for a holiday morning and get in the safari truck which drives us six hours up north up to the national reserve Samburu. 1 Having been on countless safaris during my lifetime it was the first time in Samburu for all of us. And this time we also decide to camp! And yes, it is lunatic as it is in the park with the animals, but completely legal. And we have armed guards too. 11 Saga loves safaris. 13 Under these colossal trees and just by the river bank is our camp. 8 We dump our bags in the tents and sit down for lunch which had been prepared by awesome chefs. And yes, this is definitely a luxury version of camping. As we enjoy the lunch, our guides tell us to come and check out the river bank. And guess what’s there? LOTS OF FRIKKIN’ CROCODILES, 20meters from our tents. 5 My dad loving safaris more than anyone, tells us story after story about his time growing up in Africa and what it was like here back in the 70s and about unbelievable animal incidents. Like when a lion fell asleep on his friends leg when he was camping or how the lodges would put out goats in front of the compound for the lions and leopards to kill in front of the tourists. If eyes can sparkle, there you have it. 2 Excited we all get in the truck and opened up the roof. 3 Hours of driving around the savanna follows. Seeing elephants, gazelles, antelopes, an extinct little zebra, giraffes, leopards and monkeys. 9 Pretty close up. 4 With little babies. But still no lions. 12 And then finally we find them hidden in the bushes. And not only that, they have a prey too! But then it’s and elephant and lions don’t hunt elephants. This elephant had been shot by the poor people, selling the ivory to China. Vice made a documentary about the Poachers right here in Samburu. It’s sad, and I feel deeply sorry for the animals but also for the people being forced to do it. 10 The sun start to set and paints the whole savanna even redder than the dirt. 14 And following this lioness into the sunset we head home. 15 The chefs cook us a delicious meal and we sit around the fireplace with them as the darkness trembles over us. The stars seem to explode in front of our eyes and multiplies over and over again until it looks like black velvet showered with sugar. It’s beautiful and to the sound of the baboons in the trees above and the faraway lion roars we fall asleep in the tents.   Linn

KENYA // NAIROBI DAY 1 + 2

2 Back in Nairobi and my family’s amazing flat, drinking espresso and listening to the same music as five years ago. I also get to see my old nanny Emily who I love and miss. <3 1Sara’s family arrives too and together we have great brunches. 4 They bring lots of sweets from Sweden and my dad and my sister literally jump of excitement. 3 During the two days in Nairobi we take Daniel around the city, show him my old school and the oldest hotel, markets and monuments. Here at KICC. 65 Of course we also take him to Java House for the best blue cheese burger on the planet. 8 At night we have large dinners, all ten of us around the table, eating Masaai cow and drinking red wine on the rood terrace. Above us is an unbelievable sky showing more stars than at any other place I’ve been.   Linn  

LIFE OF LINN:

Photo on 23-01-2014 at 12.20 #2Photo on 23-01-2014 at 12.21Photo on 23-01-2014 at 12.19 #3Photo on 23-01-2014 at 12.28 #2 New year, new life bla bla, you guys know it. But THIS has happened so far: – The girl I took care of was HORRID. So I quit. By text. On her birthday. BOOM. Yes, lowest point of my life and probably one of my proudest too. – I have a new job! I’m now a nanny for two little Irish girls named Sophie (4) and Chloe (3). We build tree houses and play crocodile, read books and have car races. And it’s a love story. – Uni is not very impressive right now and I’m quite disappointed in the quality of the course, having a mental breakdown trying to figure out whether to stay or transfer. How can this be the best advertising school in london? – I’m getting pretty good at arguing in english. – I think my teacher is hitting on me. And it makes me disgusted. – London thinks it spring and all the trees are blossoming. It’s my dream coming true and I hope this winter never will come. – Next week it will be two years since I met Daniel at the Royal Oak for our first date. It’s pretty cute and he’s still the fucking bestest person on this planet. – Tonight I’m getting drunk in student halls.     Linn

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