KENYA

February 15, 1978


I woke up rather late, 07:10 and felt a little better. I shaved using plain soap, then had a good breakfast upstairs with fellow guest: 90% black, 2 French girls. Extended my stay for one more day.
Went out with sidebag, stopping first at photography shop where I loaded up on film, 110S for slides and 30 and 42 for prints, at a total cost of 182 shillings. Also dropped of four films for processing, which should be ready by Friday.
At 09:00 I went to the Dutch Embassy where I met a nice Dutchman, van der Velde. He told me that Holland had given Kenya Nf 50 million, of which 40 in loans. Presently there are some 1,400 Dutch in Kenya, including 50 doctors, and 50-100 technical experts, chiefly in agriculture, from Wageningen. Dutch companies include HVA, Philips, van Leer, Hagemeyer en ANB (Michelson). Via the Kenyan Government, Holland also cofinances 70% of a church project, in which 40 Dutch volunteers participate. The Netherlands take third place in foreign aid to Kenya, and the USA is 'big' what with its new Ambassador. The Dutch are now waiting for the arrival a new Ambassador - who is much interested in environmental matters . He encouraged me to meet Mr. L.A. Demmers at UNEP, 33 3930 ext 644, whom I knew and called later for an appointment tomorrow for lunch taking the red VW bus at 11:20 in front of 680 Hotel. I also called Alan Withey, general manager of Wilkinson Sword - an old friend of Lionel and Ann Parks at KISR - who promised to pick me up for dinner at 16:30 in the lobby of Serape(?) Hotel. In addition, I was to meet a Prof. Todd c/o J. Smith, in connection with various safari companies who are very competetive (e.g. one Helen running Afrikacult especially for Germans and Arabs.
Next, I went back to the Indian Embassy and had to get special permission from the consul to give my forms and apply for a visum before the normal 10 day incubation time for yellow fever shots. I can pick this up, not tomorrow, but to-day at 16:30! (familiar sounding time) No visa required for the Seychelles, but I had to go high up in the International Life House to get forms for Zambia, to be dropped off at 16:00.


1977 Kenya Mineral Stamps - acknowledging Strahlen

Around 13:00, I strolled to a pleasant restaurant where I wrote up my journal and ate a plate of cheese and celery surrounded by numerous such cosmopolitan sporty types as Jan van As and Cynthia Ellis. (old friends in Holland and Thailand). I wrote postcards to the Earth Science Department in Millersville, PA - using mineral stamps (above) - to Mercia and kids in Capetown, my parents in Holland, Dr Tahir, Moores and Zein, the movie star in Khartoum. Also found out that parcel rates were 57 shillings upto 5 kg and 120 for a maximum of 10 kg. and noticed that they use here the 'confirmative mouth click' also.

I made my way back to the hotel via several souvenir shops including one with superior woodcuts. I rested and looked through all the car-rental flyers I had picked up, because I had decided to rent a car "bad-bukhara", Arabic for "the day after tomorrow".
At 16:00, I was back at the High Commissioner of India where I sat waiting, wrote notes and called Alan again to confirm name of Hotel (where we were to meet (Sarina, not Seripa). whcih was close to the GPO. Finally, at 16:25, I was given my passport back with the desired visa for India. It was too late now to get the Zambian visa, so I half-ran to the Hotel lobby where I was picked up sweaty by he jovial general manager of Wilkinson Sword, Alan J.I. Whitey, and his driver. We drove to his large house in one of the suburbs, where I met his stately wife Rita and enjoyed her showingme the flowers. They had been here for nine weeks only and had been neighbors of the Parks (from KISR)in the UK so we shared several stories about the indecisibeness of Lionel and the delights of Ann with her broken leg. Apparently he (Alan) had been the paratrooper who had caused this accident. In addition to the many stories and jokes, we had many beers, wine, steak, sardines, egg, coffee aned ice cream while enjoying the large yard, termite hills, cute little boys, a swing hanging from a large thorny tree, and more. Apparently, they liked the place immensely, and were looking forward to meet the "Tuan besar" of Wilkinson to-morrow. They loaned me a copy of a breast shaped book entitled "34 EAST". By coincidence, Rita had met some ladies today talking about a termpaper on oceanography and geology . . . Alan took me back to the hotel just before midnight at the end of a splendid evening. I was foolish enough to get engrossed in the book I borrowed which was quite exciting including some story of the Sinai and it was 05:00 i the morning before I got to sleep.

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