Diani Beach - Tsavo E+W in november

Oct 12th, 2006, 11:44 AM
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Kimburu, I think I am Asian. Would any non-Asian person import elephant carvings and salad sets? But if I were Asian I would probably have better suppliers. Have you been to Sweden? You seem quite knowledgeable.
I'm afraid you wont find a real hero before your trip. Just dress like Denys Finch Hatton. If this book had appeared years ago I would have bought it. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Too-Close-Su.../dp/0224063804 It may give you some ideas.

Hilde, visit Shimba Hills, Mombasa and the Colobus Trust. It's more than enough for 4 nights if you're also going to have water activities. You'll probably find something unique when you're there. The Likoni ferry is quite interesting, but you'll experience it whether you like it or not. Or visit some kaya. http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1370/ I wish I had when I was there. Here's an interesting short story that takes place on that part of the coast. http://www.vqronline.org/articles/20...-high-transit/

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Oct 12th, 2006, 05:54 PM
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Nyamera I had a lot of Scandinavian friends in the past. I don't think of these things as particulalry Swedish (except for the "beer runs"). I have been to Norway and Denmark but have only seen Sweden from a boat. An Iranian friend who lived as a refugee in Bangkok for a number of years while awaiting resettlement is now a Swedish citizen with a liberal, blonde wife. His opinions on life in Sweden have influenced my own... I hope you are not offended at all ;-)
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Oct 13th, 2006, 05:04 AM
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I will read that short story you mention.

I do have some more questions : does anybody know how social security works in Kenya? What about labour-unions? Unemployment? Seems like these are the most frequent questions that a guide will have to answer. And I know about the animals and the parks, but nothing about social security. Please help me !
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Oct 14th, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Hilde, you'd have to ask a Kenyan, but my superficial and maybe erroneous impressions are: Official figures for unemployment are some 40%, but in reality only a small minority of Kenyans are formally employed. Labour unions are active and have a long history, but the state of workers' rights is very, very bad, especially domestic workers are virtual slaves and there's political repression against unions. Social security? There are public hospitals where fees are low but still unaffordable for many people and there are talks about reforms to make healthcare more accessible. Primary education is free since 2003. Old age pension (for the few with formal employment, especially in the public sector) is paid in a lump sum. A man told me that his father who had worked as a teacher and retired some years ago got 30.000 (aprox. $410) shillings, but that the pensions now (this was in 2004) had been raised to 100.000. If the lump sum really was paid as a lump sum it could be used to buy a “plot”, but the problem this man's father and others had was that it was often paid reluctantly and in instalments. In case some confused Belgian would wonder, there's no unemployment insurance and no “welfare” payments. The family of someone killed by wildlife gets a compensation of 30.000 shillings.
Kaya Kinondo is close to Diani Beach.

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