Chapter 2: JHN-EZE, Buenos Aires

Man can not find the new ocean unless he lose the sight of the shower’  Christopher Colombus

‘Sir you need the hotel reservation or passport information for your final destination, flight company requirement, if you don’t have you can cancel your trip till you provide them’.  Problem number; fixed after couple of minutes, how come someone

can ask such document on the time of check in? Any ways I didn’t pay much attention to such fun procedure.  Problem number 2;  ‘ Sir, you need to pay for extra 14kg’  good 30-45minutes lost in this process of bouncing from one to another, thanks Aman was still with me. 3ominutes to go through security and immigration and run around search for boarding gate. Late for 5 minutes, threatened to be thrown out of craft. My window seat is claimed by Indian dude on nice yellow yoga suit, meditating, I decide to seat in the middle hopping the ‘monk’ prayers will save this huge fleet. Boing 777 took of from A. Tambo, Johannesburg heading to Dubai, behind my seat I can just follow the fleet progress on touch scream, what a high-tech!  Thanks that there were no time spent in Dubai air port,  cross Atlantic start. The view of Arabia peninsula and desert was stunning. Seen that we were passing close to Addis Ababa, looking how far I’m going, I start to realize that I’m a little bit scared

. I’m going very far from what I have known as home, probably non from my entire generation have been such far of cause they have never being slaves that why we remain in mother continents. I though may be I should ask this guy to stop at Addis and let me off so I could cycle down home and forget about everything but before I did it I remember what Steve Jobs said;

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to haven do want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that as it should be, because the death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s changing agent. It clear out the old to make the new. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary

Remember this buddy made me change my mind to ask for emergence stopover in Addis, and thanks that every single kilometer will bring me close to home.

Travel with sun, start when it was raise in Arabia and arrive as it was setting down in the lush green high lands of Brazil. Stopover in Rio de Janeiro was breathtaking view from above, the lush green high lands, island and well built city.  2hrs30  from Rio we arrive in Buenos Aires.

I’m different?’ 

Yes, I was told that I’m not a Green-Go! (gringo=mzungu), I’m‘tourista negro’.  That was conversation with a old lady who take a good deal to speculate me in the long queue to stamp in Argentina.  Different from others who do very well to avoid eye contact, this old lady from Brazil who claim to be black which for me seem less, she keep on staring till I start up conversation. After short conversations with local, I found out I’m different, tourists ask to take pictures with me! Some just like my maasai shoes.  OK but no culture shock. Then my will need serious tongue practice before heading out of city. 

 

 

The Spanish here is twisted  just like Caribbean English, and local speak with tremendous speed, guess this is what give them exception from their descendent Spanish in Barcelona. Often I replay with ‘Porfavor! Like idiot. I hope I’ll be able to give presentation on spanish before I leave latin America.

 

So far my discovery is Campo de Mayo, Av, Rivanavia, Av, 9 de Julio, with it sutures  Don Bosco, Roca,  Eva Perez etc and old building transfer me to 200 years ago, someone was surprised when I tell him ,my country got ‘independence’ 1961 and there are some got it late than that. This country got independence 200 year ago! All it all but I’m in the different world, everything seem so different and I’m just yet to see more just as Columbus said. For now as I’m waiting my Chilean visa which I was told the process will take not less than 20 day, I just become ‘tourista negro’ but don’t ride in the tour buses which are quite a scene Cool girl who though I was Brazilianhere as they rush folks equipped with cameras from one museum another. I just one in this old boulevard inspired by French, Argentina leaders create them and erect their statures, dating back to 1880 or so.  

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6 Comments

  1. Posted January 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm by Nigel Francis | Permalink

    Hey Elvis,

    Good to hear you are on your way, very exciting. Hope you do not have to wait to long for your Chilean visa.

    I shall try and get you message across here on a few forums and sites.

    Enjoy the ‘New World’!

  2. Posted January 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm by Jan Kipara | Permalink

    There he goes indeed.
    Just away from under the protective wings of all his friends in Arusha and on a picture already with a South American beauty queen… 😉

    You rock, buddy!!

  3. Posted January 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm by Elvis | Permalink

    @ Nigel, Thanks… They said it will be less than 20 days which is quite long for tourist visa, any ways no other way….

    @Jan, You rock as well… thanks:)

  4. Posted January 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm by Erik rowberg | Permalink

    I see Jan beat me to commenting on the beauty queen. Tell me again why I am not on this trip. Yeah you rock man. Post more.

    erik

  5. Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm by Bwana Twiga | Permalink

    Very good narration, my friend! I am glad to hear you are getting along with the waargentina. And I cannot wait to hear more.

    I hope you get your Visa soon! Keep writing!

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