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Hemingway Adventure

Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Murchison Falls, Uganda 
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Rescuers at the Hemingways' plane after it crash-landed beside the Murchison Falls, Uganda.
Michael Palin - Hemingway AdventureIn True at First Light, as they sit outside their mess tent feeling the cool night breeze off Mount Kilimanjaro, Miss Mary (Mary Hemingway), tells the narrator (Ernest):

‘I want to go and really see something of Africa. We’ll be going home and we haven’t seen anything. I want to see the Belgian Congo.’

‘I don’t.’

‘You don’t have any ambition. You’d just as soon stay in one place.’

‘Have you ever been in a better place?’

It’s easy to imagine the real life Hemingways having this conversation as they looked out on Kilimanjaro, the way we do this morning. Right now, as a soft wind blows and the dust rises from the cattle trudging across this magnificent wide-screen landscape, I would back Ernest. I have been in few better places.

But Miss Mary was a tenacious woman and eventually got what she wanted.

On 21 January 1954 the Hemingways, with a bush pilot by the name of Roy Marsh, took off from Nairobi to see the Belgian Congo. Hemingway called it his Christmas present to Mary.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Chyulu Hills, Kenya
  • Country/sea: Kenya
  • Place: Chyulu Hills
  • Book page no: 181

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