Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa
As my regular readers know, Grant and I returned from Khartoum, the Sudan, North Africa in October last year. We've been back home and enjoying our family, friends, garden, pets and a glorious South African summer ever since.
However, out of the blue last Tuesday evening Grant received a call [literally] from the past! A young man who'd been the Financial Manager on the Gold mine in Guinea, when Grant and I worked there, is now the General Manager of a mine in Kenya. He'd been in contact with their old company in Johannesburg who suggested he contacted Grant. So here he was offering Grant a post as AGM on this Kenyan mine. Of course, my husband, who's been champing at the bit to get back to work, jumped at the offer and immediately e-mailed this guy with his requirements.
We sat back, thinking it would be a few weeks before we'd have a reply; ages before the corporate wheels were set in motion. Not so. By mid-morning on Wednesday Grant had a signed contract and return fligths for both of us. Yes, we fly out to Nairobi, where we'll be collected by the company driver and taken to the mine site. All in the middle of next week. Grant will go to out to work while I stay in a company house. I'll be online and intend to write, blog and visit other blogs to my heart's content. And take millions of photos. We're very excited as we've never been in East Africa - apart from flying in and out of Ethiopia en route to the Sudan - and look forward to seeing the birds, wildlife and flora of this beautiful African country.
Kenya is a country in East Africa, lying along the Indian Ocean. To the southeast, Kenya is bordered by Somalia; to the northeast, Ethiopia; to the north, Sudan; Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south.
I don't know exactly where the mine is situated, but it is situated in the Great Rift Valley and apparently Eldoret is the nearest large town/city. If you look on the above map under the letter "K" in Kenya, you will see Eldoret; I'll be blogging close to this!
In the meantime we've had our vaccinations and shots updated and have many tasks to accomplish before flying out next week. Oh, this move, of course affects Shadow's whereabouts. More about this next week!