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I swam in this water all day. 😭
Observing the local fishermen's slow, graceful movements is one of my favorite things to do. It's quite a meditative experience, watching them be completely absorbed by an entirely different world than mine...
A few locals enjoying the shade from Daniel's manyatta on a hot, dry day in Mt. Suswa. 😊 That's Mama and Puppy on the left (Mama is in the back, and yes, I gave them those names). I haven't introduced them yet, but we're pretty much best friends. They get all the belly rubs and leftover ugali and rice, and keep me safe by chasing away the hyenas at night. Puppy is full of energy and follows me everywhere I go, even when climbing the crater. Mama just gave birth to four more puppies about a month ago (one of which didn't make it past the first day 😟). They are the sweetest!
The Maasai really don't understand how I can love these two so much because they don't domesticate their animals (this is the norm in Africa and Asia) and certainly don't view or treat them as equals. Seeing as how it's impossible for me to not share love with all animals, I've wantef to show them how joyful of an experience it is to share love and cuddles with the local dogs, cats, goats, sheep, donkeys and cattle. It's mostly worked with the kids, as they are obviously more open to it. Every time they see me rubbing Puppy's belly, they start showing him love too. It's beautiful to watch how children literally mimic our exact moves and learn so quickly, and also makes me very aware of how easily influenced and fragile kid's minds are.
Here's to seeing the value in every being and doing our best to create a more joyful existence for all. ❤
You can't or you won't?
a flower in
my heart that
only blooms for
the ones who
dare to love
me in the
the sun never
shines." - @fireflyfiphie
Gratitude is my prayer... 6:30 am, somewhere in Afrika.
Traveled from my manyatta in Mount Suswa to a shack a few hundred meters from the beach... Oh, I've needed this so, so badly. Mombasa has given me a very warm welcome - literally, its 1,000 degrees here 😂 and the people I've met thus far have been so wonderful. Thank you, Mama Afrika. 💜
(the little things)
Leopard food. 💀
My loves. ❤ Senteu, Moyiaye, Nasirian, Mariamu, Kutit and Simion.
Market day in Suswa. 😍 As you can see, the Maasai have a thing for bright colors and that's what makes their traditional dress so eye catching and beautiful. The garments wrapped around the women are called elessos. They wear one as a skirt, two draped over each shoulder as a "dress," and a final one tied around the shoulders. Men wear shorts, two elessos draped over each shoulder (same as a woman) and typically have a shuka (red robe) draped around their shoulders. Men carry a long stick and a large knife everywhere they go, and women carry their pankas (machetes). It's difficult to see in this photo, but there is tons of gorgeous, handmade beaded jewelry worn as well. The younger generations have opted for more western style clothing these days, not understanding just how unique and special their traditional style of clothing really is. Thankfully, the older generations understand the value in holding onto their culture and not letting colonialism get the best of them.
The other day I had the privelege of exploring one of Mount Suswa's million year old cave systems. These are the Baboon caves, where a troupe of about 40 baboons retire every evening. The feeling of being so far below the earth is indescribable... All that rock you see above me? That's dried lava flow from Mount Suswa's last eruption. Leopards, bees and thousands of bats have made this their home as well.
Sometimes Mother Earth makes me feel so small and that's one of my favorite things about her. 💫