2017

Rwanda 2017 Part 2: Meeting with Patrick

I came to Nairobi first before going to Rwanda because I can’t come to this part of the world without seeing my Rafiki Patrick.  I was supposed to meet Patrick at 10am.  We met at 3pm.  The reason was that Patrick had to clean up his desk and was waiting around to meet his boss.  […]

Rwanda 2017 Part 1: Back in Africa

I always realize how passionate I am about Africa as when I land I always have a smile on my face (maybe part of that is I flew on the day of the solar eclipse and the pilot was kind enough to get us close – hence the darkness outside my plane window).  And I am constantly […]

Rwanda 2017 Part 4: I am on African Time.

Rwanda here I come – eventually.  I am three hours late taking off (I keep forgetting I am on African time).  But when I land the fun and excitement begins.  As we get off the bus at the terminal I am talking to a guy who does medical work in Southern Sudan.  Just before I […]

My day with the Maasai Part 6: New Friends

During the course of the day out in the village there was a lot of time sitting around, doing nothing but talking. Sometimes it was just quiet talk. Other times there was a lot of laughter. Other times it was a spirited discussion. All in Maa. All of which I could not understand a single […]

My day with the Maasai Part 5: Yummy Barbecue

When I discussed the ceremony with Patrick I discovered that once you become a warrior you never eat meat in your home or with your wife. At the ceremony, your wife gives you 4 pieces of meat for the first time since you became a warrior. And then only after this ceremony, when you are […]

My day with the Maasai Part 4: Tea Time

After the welcome song and greeting it was time for tea. Patrick’s close friend Joseph Sankale who I have known for a while, joined me in one of the make shift houses or “bomas”. Joseph is an amazing guy who is running for political office this year (Good luck Joseph). The makeshift Bomas are constructed […]

My day with the Maasai Part 3: A Welcome Song

Upon my arrival to the “Woodstock of the Maasai” I along with about a dozen Maasai were immediately greeted by the women who were there. There I was standing with all the other warriors (though I am surely an elder) in a long line (can you tell which one is me in the picture? LOL). […]

My day with the Maasai Part 2: It Is A Small World.

People have always told me that I should be very proud of how I have helped Patrick and the impact it has had. I don’t think of it that way. I was just so impressed with Patrick that I wanted to help him. He has done the rest. And I am very proud of him. […]