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Safari So Good

Being Canadian, you’d think Larry would be used to cold weather.

“I’m southern Canadian,” he says as he puts on an extra sweatshirt and shivers whenever it drops below 50° F / 10° C. With that in mind, it’s no surprise he likes a winter getaway to be somewhere warm.

We’ve been talking about said getaway for a few weeks now. I think he’s working much too hard of late — 60 hour weeks aren’t uncommon — and he needs a break. So we’d narrowed down the March holiday list to Thailand, Cape Town, Mauritius and the Maldives.

He’s been hemming and hawing, complaining that he’s “too busy” and I reminded him that if he doesn’t make a decision soon, he’ll end up having to warm up beneath an extra blanket while he watches Lifetime movies (he would not be adverse to this). So we looked at calendars a couple days ago and figured out what dates were good.

Well, bless him, he’s made his choice. Yesterday's snow must have motivated him. He came home last night and said “I’ve arranged tickets and we’re leaving on March 21.”

“Which destination did we choose?” I asked, knowing I’d be happy with any of the four on our shortlist.

“Nairobi, Kenya.”

“Really?” I asked, only a little surprised his choice came from neither Column A or Column B. He does this a lot. We narrow down dinner to Thai or Italian and end up having falafel. “Cool, shall I change my name to Karen von Blixen-Finecke and buy a farm?”

I asked where we were staying.

“I don’t know, I just booked the flights. It was the only place available on miles.”

I wondered if there might be a reason for that.

So now we have an adventure ahead of us, and I have a few chores. I get to find a 2-3 day safari. That's long enough, don't you think? How many days can one stay in a "luxury tent", underneath the snow-capped Mt. Kilamanjaro, wandering about with a Maasai guide looking for elephants, giraffes, zebras, etc.? It does sound kinda cool, eh?

I also get to do some research on beach resorts with maybe a day of diving in the Indian Ocean, and figure out other places we might visit. “Look into Mozambique,” he mumbled before falling asleep last night. “I think it’s close by.”

Anybody been to Kenya? Suggestions are welcome.