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Travels Across Oceans

I recently left Kenya to travel to visit my sister as a vacation. Its been pleasant and now my vacation is coming to an end. The reality that i will be back at work on Tuesday has hit. Don't we all hate that feeling, even though we know that it is coming ;)

I met a few foreigners along the way and realized that literally they are hooked to technology. If its not the black berry its the iphone or the hct. Its so materialistic, its nuts and boy am i proud to be a Kenyan. We couldn't even enjoy a nice meal together because phones were going off every few minutes! Also, it seemed to be ALWAYS URGENT! Aaargh it was frustrating. I think what stood out to me about everything is that some people in this world live in a bubble. It was appalling how few of them knew anything about what was going on in the real world, about the heart ache people are facing from earth quakes, floods, hunger, poverty, they seem to miss the news or skip it all together. In this day and age can sane people still accept to be ignorant of what is going on in the rest of the world? They live in comfort zones of large cities, shopping till you drop, etc Or is it that most times the news is too depressing to bare?

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Leelee's picture

Hi there, I am wondering

Hi there, I am wondering where you traveled to? I am always lamenting this fact. A friend and I were talking about this yesterday how people seem to just be "berrying/burying" themselves (i.e. overuse of the Blackberry) and it is sickening. I am in Barbados, a small island in the Caribbean 166 square miles, 275 000 population but we are not immune from this phenomena either. (our famous exports are rum and Rihanna) ... anyways a guy even wrote in the newspapers a few weeks ago he went to a cocktail reception and no one was talking, everyone had a drink in one hand and phone in the other .. so he said he left and texted someone to tell them he is home cuz that way he knew they would get it! I think it is sad. I its 2pm on Saturday and I have not turned my phone on for the day! I think it is rude when out with friends and they are constantly texting and checking their phone instead of listening to the music we went out to hear or sheesh! just having a good conversation.

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

nkinyanjui's picture

Hi there Carribean Queen

Hey Leelee
I so feel you and you totally cracked me up on the Rihanna export! I was traveling in Canada but its more or less a global thing now. I personally hate having too many phone calls so sometimes i even turn it off like you!

I am totally excited that you're from Barbados!!! So cool, tell me all about it? I would love to visit the Carribean too...

And in your travels should you heppen to drop into Kenya let me know!

Ciao for now

N

laughterlove's picture

I feel your frustration and

I feel your frustration and live it everyday!

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” They still shout in my face. But another voice within me says “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!” DH Groberg

Leelee's picture

Yes I tell people if they

Yes I tell people if they want to reach me it is actually quicker via email. The phone ringing constantly just makes me want to turn it off. Everything is so "urgent" these days ... no wonder we are more stressed etc.

Barbados and the Caribbean on a whole is great. We are seeing a rise in crime unfortunately, as we are now getting the kick back of the recession from the US.

In terms of natural beauty though when driving I sometimes marvel at how blue the sea is ... we really are blessed -- but to busy on our phones to notice! There is no law against talking on the phone while driving so you can imagine how crazy it is on the roads right now!

I would love to come to Kenya and soon as I work it out I will let you know - I have some friends there. I've been SA, Ghana, Togo and Benin so now its time to hit the east!

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

nkinyanjui's picture

Awesome please try the East

Awesome please try the East you will have a ball.I haven't traveled much in Africa myself although I am resolving to make that a change as of now! I'll start with SA its appalling that the only Africa country which i have been to is South Sudan, considering i am surrounded by Africa :)

Email is oh so much easier. We do have a law here against talking on the phone whilst driving but honestly you can get away with it, its mostly a moral choice at that point anyway.

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