The garden at the foot of Mount Kenya.

Jardin

We hadn’t planned to be in Kenya.

On our way to spend Christmas in Burundi in the Great Lakes region of Africa, our plane had touched down in Nairobi and there we had learned about violent clashes that day in Burundi and all flights were cancelled. So we made the best of the situation and decided to explore Kenya.

Now, early morning, awaking to the sound of exotic bird calls in the valley, we hurry outside, anxious to see the rugged outline of Mount Kenya before the daily rainclouds obscure it from view. Groups of black-and-white colobus monkeys, with their old man faces, roam through the tree canopy and the magnificent crowned cranes stretch their wings on the tree tops. Although it is summer and we are standing on the line of the equator, we sling jerseys on and wander down to the lake, the early morning mist slowly rising…

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