Out of Africa | When You Are the Main Attraction at the Zoo

Traveling abroad is always an experience.

On a 17 day mission trip in Kenya, things are bound to “pop” up that will have you reacting in one of two ways:  either becoming frustrated over a situation that is beyond your control or the better alternative, having a relaxed “It’s Africa” attitude and shrugging it off with a laugh.

my handsome boy, Charles Amenga, dancing with my Ray-Bans

The other nite at dinner, I polled the team of 10 (plus Andy & Kristen, Pamoja missionaries) to see which oddities struck them the most.

In no particular order, I present to you:


10.  Only in Kenya do your quads begin to burn from popping a squat on a long-drop toilet (think a small tin shack complete with a cement slab and a small hole for doing your business).

9. Only in Kenya do you see locals dressed as though they belong in Alaska rather than the temperate climate here (think pants, long-sleeved shirts, and ski jackets in 80 degree weather).

8. Only in Kenya do lionesses roam around wealthy neighborhoods.

actual sign seen on a street in Karen, a wealthy suburb of Nairobi

7. Only in Kenya do you see 4 trucks travelling through the Great Rift Valley with large black lettering that reads “DANGER- ABNORMAL WIDE LOAD.”

6. Only in Kenya do you feel speed bumps before you see them (think large, black humps often in a series conveniently placed where Kenyans sell their wares to passers-by)

5. Only in Kenya can every other shop be named “Best Price Shop.”

4. Only in Kenya can you pull a pig’s hair out of a pork meal prepared for your dinner (think a long, coarse hair white in color sticking out like a sore thumb).

3. Only in Kenya can you be the main attraction at a zoo (think Kenyans wanting to take a photo with the “mzungus”).

2.  Only in Kenya can you chase a herd of giraffes and “run the risk” of getting ejected from the sanctuary for doing so (pun intended).

one of several attempts to run with the giraffes

And the #1 spot is designated to my experience yesterday on safari…

1.  Only in Kenya does your safari guide ask you to get out of the vehicle amidst savanna grasslands to help push the micro-van out of a muddy trench (think one safari guide perched atop the vehicle looking out for possible predators while the other instructs the group on when to push).

Until next time,

Author: madisunanne

I write about simple living in order to help women dealing with the craziness of life find hope, even if it’s just an inch at a time. I believe we all need a reminder to stop, breathe, and enjoy the present for what it is, a gift to be enjoyed.

2 thoughts on “Out of Africa | When You Are the Main Attraction at the Zoo”

  1. Wow … glad to hear from you. Wasn’t worried with trust in our God. Glad you will be in the USA soon. Sounds like the trip was a success. Praise God . Want to see pics and hear all about it. Love you and praying for the way home to US soil. God bless you all
    Love Mom and Dad

  2. Praying for you Leah! Wow Kenya sure sounds completely different in every way than life here in the states!!! What wonderful experiences though to have lived!!!!! Praying for a safe return trip home as well. I’m soooo proud of you dear Leah and the heart for missions you have always had ever since I first met you. I praise God for the way you continue to follow Him and heed His voice leading you along. . . God bless you sweetie! It is an honor to pray for you!!!! xoxoxoxo Tia