My last blog post on Kenya, including a 3-week trip through this beautiful country and my final hard-earned lessons that I gained after living in a developing country for just over a year. This was an incredibly eye-opening experience in regards to international development, foreign aid and its beneficiaries. Living in Kenya for this time pushed my boundaries, and in doing so strengthened my core values. This experience has also given me the utmost appreciation for the privilege I’ve been granted, simply by being born a white female in North America.
This blog is called the Road to Turkana as it culminates my travels and experiences through Kenya over the past few months. I took the road less travelled, starting with a journey to the west province of Kisumu on Lake Victoria, heading next to the southeastern part of the country on the border of Tanzania where I came face to face with extraordinary mammals and the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro, and finishing with the long dusty road up north to Lake Turkana. The diversity I saw in vegetation, animals and culture is enough to satisfy the soul for now. I also had the privilege of attending a traditional Kikuyu Dowry Ceremony where I indulged in delicious traditional food and dance. Needless to say that Kenya is an extraordinary place to visit, to explore, and to let you heart and mind be free.
I spent 10 days in Ethiopia over the Orthodox Easter Holy Week. This was a trip of stunning landscapes and fascinating cultural experiences. Visiting the holy cities of Axum and Lalibela during the time of Easter celebrations was an incredibly rewarding experience. Hiking through the Simien Mountains took us through one of the most incredible mountain ranges I have visited thus far. This album is a mix of landscapes, people, monkeys and historical landmarks.
I had the pleasure of doing some photo and video choreography for the Flone Initiative - a trust based in Kiambu, Kenya. The Flone Initiative’s mission is to change the behaviours and mindsets regarding women who work in the transportation sector, creating safe spaces for all women and girls who travel.
Update on my life in Nairobi. It's been 5 months now and I'm nearing the halfway point of my contract with Engineers Without Borders. This post features photos and experiences from my travels in and around Nairobi and Kenya, the coast, the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre and other spots in Nairobi.
Blog post from my weekend spent at Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate National Park in Kenya. Highlights of this trip were definitely riding around on bikes past grazing giraffes and zebra, and jumping into Lake Naivasha a safe distance from the hippos.
I spent a weekend with Abraham, a Sales Representative at the start-up social enterprise I'm working for called LishaBora based in Kenya. Abraham is also a dairy farmer and LishaBora is working to improve the profitability, scalability and sustainability of smallholder farmers like him and his family across Kenya.
Nairobi National Park is the only national park on earth that borders a capital city. It was quite a remarkable feeling to watch lions walking through the tall grass with skyscrapers in the distance and planes flying overheard. It's actually one of Africa's smallest national parks, but it sure didn't feel that way to me with all the abundant wildlife around. It is home to 4/5 of the 'Big 5' which includes Lions, Leopards, Buffalo, Elephants and Rhino's. They are called the Big 5 not because they are the biggest (although they are amongst the biggest), but rather because they've been hunted for something of perceivable value in the past. Sadly, there are no more Elephants at Nairobi National Park.
A 10-day journey through the beautiful country of Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. Visiting Volcano National Park with golden monkeys, Lake Kivu for stunning sunsets and learning about the nation’s history in Kigali and it’s journey of transformation.
I travelled to Kampala from Nairobi by overnight bus and spent the next 7-days exploring western Uganda, primarily to see the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park from the Rushaga basecamp. Western Uganda is a beautifully lush green landscape with fertile ground that is said to have the capacity to “feed the world”. Ugandan’s are incredibly friendly and welcoming, known across East Africa for their beaming smiles.
I moved to Nairobi, Kenya in November 2017 through Engineers Without Borders Canada as a Long Term Fellow. This blog post is about my first couple months adjusting to life in a completely different culture. Nairobi is a surprising city, and definitely does not meet the stereotypes of the misconceived views of the African Continent.
Waterton Lakes National Park is located in southern Alberta, Canada. It borders Montana’s Glacier National Park in the United States. It is known for its chain of lakes, including the large Upper and Middle Waterton lakes, flanked by the Rocky Mountains. It also hosts the oldest hotel in Alberta, the Prince of Wales from the Fairmont Palliser chain.
Mount Yamnuska in Banff National Park Alberta offers stunning landscapes and technically challenging terrain. It was quite smoky at this time of the year due to the British Columbia forest fires which added an alluring element to the scenery.
Quiet Hours is a Silent Disco party thrown by local DJs in Calgary, Alberta. The best part of silent discos is that each person is given a set of headphones and control what type of music they want to listen to. You can also take a break from the music and dancing by taking your headphones off and enjoying conversations with friends.
One of my best friends from work was marrying the love of his life in Toronto, so I took this opportunity too see this beautiful couple say their vows and be a hardcore tourist in this awesome city! Toronto is a lovely city, known as the New York of Canada there are many activities for a diverse range of interests and hobbies to keep one entertained.
Canada Day (July 1st) is a memorable holiday for all Canadians. I set out to Jasper National Park to hike the Brazeau Loop with a group of hiking friends. The 80km trail led us through adventure filled 5-days traversing the wild Canadian backcountry.
Involved is a monthly show put on at Habitat Living Sound in Calgary, Alberta. Inspired by a vision of forming a sense of community to appreciate all the local talent in the city, it is hosted once per month and features DJs, visual artists and photographers alike.
Bonnie Dean is the founder of iamtheguru.ca, where she offers holistic services to patients suffering from physical ailments and looking for natural alternatives to treatment. Inspired by her own transformational healing journey from breast cancer, she wanted to get a website set up so she can guide start sharing her talent with others. These photos were taken for her website.
My first time doing nightclub photography at Habitat Living Sound in Calgary, Alberta. Learning new skills in flash photography and portrait photography in an indoor setting with varying light compositions.