We met two bright and friendly young Qatar Airways flight attendants in London.
They sat at the table next to us in the pub on the chilly evening prior to our flying
out the following morning. Learning they were Kenyans from Nairobi, we enjoyed
chatting with them about our visit to their country in September. It was surprising
that they had never actually been to the Masaai Mara area - not that far from their
city - for a visit or on a safari. They had not seen these beautiful animals up close
in their natural habitat, the bush and plains of their amazing homeland.
I realized that evening that although the world has become smaller due to
the ease of travel by air, people often have to do what is necessary to see places
whilst making a living. That elegant talkative young woman, and the quiet smiling
young man, had obviously worked hard to reach their goals. . . . . . . completing
their education, training with one of the most prestigious airlines in the world,
and now holding jobs which will take them to wonderful places on the planet.
I really hope some day, even if only once, they will have an opportunity to take
that tiny prop plane from their heaving, bustling hometown, and fly low across
the Mara to see the stunning landscape, nature's African beauty, and the
incredible wildlife roaming almost in their back yard.
All photos taken on my September 2016 safari trip to Kenya.
A very happy New Year to all my readers and friends around this amazing world.