24 August 2019

Kenyan Trains 2.0 (Made by 🇨🇳): A day trip along the Nairobi-Mombasa railway

This week we’re talking about the biggest infrastructure project to hit East Africa since independence: the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). Launched on 1st June 2017 it has become the symbol of modernisation for the Kenyan government, and last week I took a journey on it from Nairobi to Mombasa. Trains in East Africa When Europeans […]

17 August 2019

Weekend in a Kenyan village

Last weekend I was in a village near the Kenya-Uganda border.  It was great fun. Here’s an overview of what we got up to (with plenty of pics). A weekend in the making When I first arrived in Nairobi in 2016 I soon made friends with the Shiundus. Their eldest daughter (Tracey) was getting married […]

20 July 2019

Zambian Roadtrip: Driving (and canoeing) around Zambia

This week I’ve been in Zambia. It’s been predominantly holiday: my girlfriend and I seeing a friend from my university before he leaves next month and then exploring parts of the country. I’m writing this from our stay near Lake Kariba on my phone, so apologies if any typos etc. Brief geography of Zambia Zambia […]

15 December 2018

Hiking Mount Kenya

Last weekend I climbed Mount Kenya. It was 4 days and 3 nights in the National Park on the equator and offered up some pretty phenomenal views. See here

13 October 2018

Soweto + Imperative to know yourself

I’m writing this on the plane back from Johannesburg to Nairobi. My two week trip to South Africa felt like 95% work, and so was predominantly spent getting a hustle on with various companies I met/ was trying to meet, and giving Uber some good custom.  The weekend was probably a more interesting thing to […]

1 September 2018

Plane wreck, Theresa May + Ikigai

Bit of a mixed bag this week. Last weekend I went on a hike out of Nairobi to a place called Elephant Hill. Upon telling this to people who had been in Kenya the past few months they mentioned that was “where the plane crash happened“. I hadn’t heard about it, but a light aircraft had […]

5 May 2018

Turkana: The poorest part of Kenya for a long weekend

So last weekend I went to Northern Kenya: an area called Turkana (after the big lake there) which by all measures ranks lowest on development for the country. The trip itself was fascinating, seeing a completely new topography, and consequently the way of life. Arid In short, it’s a desert. We were there in rainy […]

24 February 2018

A Thousand Hills

This week I’ve been in Rwanda. It’s been for business, attending a conference on Banking/ Finance at the plush Convention Centre that sits atop one of the many peaks in the undulating terrain. Rwanda was the place where the East Africa adventure started 18 months ago, and so it has been nice to be back amongst […]

10 February 2018

Helicoptering across Kenya

A slightly strange series of events last week led me to be boarding a helicopter for the first time. Near Lake Victoria was the funeral of a grandmother of a friend of a friend of a friend.  The middle friend in the chain was both willing and able to take the trip by helicopter and, […]

18 November 2017

A week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

At the beginning of November I spent a week in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. As covered in the previous post, I was there connecting with businesses about training their teams to be effective and efficient in data analytics, and between meetings was able to get a decent impression of the city. This post […]