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Passionameter…

It has been a week caught in the city or Nairobi which sometime change to Nairobbery depend with the place and time so watch out! Most of the international embassies for East& Central Africa based in Nairobi, as part of prep I need to get some visas in advance at least to those countries I may fly to, this have been the begin of one of very challenge part dealing with ‘Sirs & Madams’, bureaucratic. Apparent it appears that all this people use some kind of old codes/ script more than Old Testament.

My shit shows start at Tanzania revenue authority, Namanga border where my Go Pro camera was returned by Ups courier who I refused to deal with cause of their unprofessional characters. After whole day of argument with these officials, I realized I need one year to get right service which I deceive. I’m not sure how come you can tax $300 worth equipment 310,000Tsh ($200)?? When I was paying the casher who is quit old  and who didn’t speak since I start running around here, he told me ‘I’m sorry the system we are using are too old for you to grasp for sure something should be changes but it’ll take time’ his tune and expression left me speechless. I just work out across the busy border try to mind my own business like the dogs, cats, guy selling yellow fever vaccination, money changers, tourists, etc I stump to Kenya welcome myself with cold Tusker before board to Nairobi. On the way there was police/military check point almost after every 10-20km, I was told they are checking for smuggled sugar from Tanzania, apparent in these two counties there are shortage of this sweet human addiction.

Sitting in the matatu watching the dark sky with full moon and trillion stars I wonder what is this country should focus on; Try to stop smuggled sugar which running to 2500Ksh (about$30) per kg in Nairobi or deal with Alshabaab who plant grenade in the in the country and threatening it potential tourism industry or Yellow fever coming from Uganda’s side or workers strikes and inflation or corruption where by the member of parliament refused proposed names of people to run this life threaten institution. The whole matter become talk of Passion as one of the MP claimthese people are luck of ‘Passion’ so the argument carry on ‘passion engage when there is love affair and not professional’,‘woman has passion so they should given this work’, should someone given passion like this regarding passion?’ and lastly but not on the list one MP say ‘Mr. Speaker there is nothing like passionometer so we could measure the passionof these people’. I guess even Mr. Speaker could not say anything, time was over and matter remain undecided while medias sell their products. It should remember at this very parliament is where MPs fight each other, perhaps it one of active parliament!

Mean while Nairobi life seems to be entertains in one way it was sad enough to find out Monday was a public hold day as the country celebrates 49 years of self ruling. Luck enough I got invitation to one of the Rotary club bush in the rift valley hills where I had a chance to introduce my project to this charity network. On Tuesday shit shows continue as Chilean embassy broke the news that the consul is not around to sign you are visa, ‘can I apply it from somewhere else?’  ‘Yes but you have to write latter

Why not try to make a world better place for all?

 The option is to try Argentina since I can fly in and continue with the tour as planned, here still waiting for Chile to come back and battle with Argentina. The whole thing becomes a matter of convincing, I tried to show all relevant info and explain my situation but for these guys the answer have been the same ‘Financial’. This kind of situation bring lot of negative though of unfair though in this case it might be the guy in desk doesn’t want to give extra though of exceptional situation and from this individual we make the world to be a worse place, Why not thinking a little bit? Why not try to make a world better place for all?  As we are fight for things like globe worming, economic system, etc all relay upon us which start from individual.  

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50,000 miles not smiles….

It is 6:30pm, the sky looks like that piece of colorful cloth with picture of elephants, giraffe or Mt. Kilimanjaro silhouetted against sundown, it’s a lovely image and one for which a tourist could pay a small fortune to take back home with them . In this land of little change, except the raised midday temperature, the change in wind direction and of course, sunrise and sunset.

Botswana,  long day, long straight roads, I was about to confirm my own madness for making a decision of traveling with a bike. The silence of this vast empty land gives me the chance to wonder deep within my mind try to find the possible reason of what is the hell I was doing, these moments were interrupted time to time by huge loads tracks passing with such force making me wobble like a drunkard. Most of them, highly visibly, display the front and rear  phrase ‘Hakuna Matata’ ‘No worries’.

Every day I thought it was my  last and vowed never again will I do such an insane but eventually I made to Cape Town. I would like to say Botswana is amongst of the most boring countries to cycle in,  if not an excuse of losing my emotion and enthusiasm in this country.

With memories of Botswana again, as I sit in my room and stare at the map of the world I have up on the wall. I draw a line of my planned route, and estimate the distance to be about 50,000miles. No matter how small this map appears nor how I try to pronounce the number, still, I can’t smile!

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