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Pole to Pole

Day 89: Shaba to Nairobi

Michael Palin - Pole to PolePeter politely acknowledges our expressions of wonder and then prepares for the next demonstration while we collect certificates to show that we have seen what we have seen.

For a proper celebration of Sunday at the Equator we adjourn to the unashamed luxury of the Mount Kenya Safari Club. Here, amidst immaculately coiffeured lawns patrolled by ibises, cranes, peacocks and marabou storks, is a sign telling us we are eating our Sunday joint on Latitude 00.00, Longitude 37.7 East at 7000 feet.

The run into Nairobi is full of reminders of a way of life very different from what we have seen in our last six weeks in Africa. Tribal costumes give way to T-shirts and jeans. There are traffic jams of private cars, road signs, newspapers, irrigation sprinklers, villagers on bicycles (why were there so few bicycles in Ethiopia and Sudan?) and polite notices at the end of towns and villages saying 'Kwaheri'. Goodbye.

For us it's goodbye to the Northern Hemisphere after three months on the road. I don't really think about what's to come. It's hard enough to accept that we have to do that distance all over again.
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  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 89
  • Country/sea: Kenya
  • Place: Shaba
  • Book page no: 204

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