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  • annak 1:13 am on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fair trade, Kazuri, , , , travel, women   

    Kazuri – small and beautiful 

    Just because I have some nice photos and because this is a place, where over 400 single Kenyan women create small and beautiful ceramic jewelry, I decided to share it. Well, at least next time you see somewhere in the US or UK or else small store called Kazuri, which in Swahili means “small and beautiful,” you will know who makes these colorful beads.

    Kazuri produces over 5 million beads a year and exports them to over 30 countries worldwide and can be ordered online, just search for them.

    While visiting this place, guides take you on tour showing the whole process from very beginning to the end product – beads in the store. Get a short tour with the photos…

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    • Leah Kohlenberg 8:45 am on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ana, thank you for the beautiful photos and the window into this small and beautiful world! Kazuri, I will remember that!

    • globalfayre 8:26 am on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the info!
      Global Fayre is also a member of the Fair Trade Federation, but we hadn’t come across this group before – we’ll be in touch with them!

    • paulette walther 4:20 am on March 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for your support of the Kazuri women. Beautiful photos and great stories. I am the US distributor for Kazuri beads headquartered in Oregon. Would love to hear more about your trip. Perhaps we can feature you in our next newsletter. Please visit our site http://www.kazuribeadsusa.com and please contact me at paulette@kazuriwest.com. We appreciate so very much the wonderful support.
      Asante,
      Paulette Walther

  • annak 10:53 am on December 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, elephant orphanage, , , travel   

    Baby Elephant – Unique Gift for Your Loved Ones 

    Baby elephants chatting

    Baby elephants chatting

    If you still haven’t come  up with the best idea for holiday presents, adopt a baby elephant for your loved ones – they will remember you forever.

    When visiting Nairobi, Kenya, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the one to remember and their elephant orphanage is the place to visit. A one-hour show during which elephants are playing outside, in front of public, following their keepers, lazying in the mud and having milk, while their keepers are telling their habits, each of their stories, feeding them from big bottles of milk and offering to become a foster parent. Fostering a baby elephant costs only $50 a year. Amazing, isn’t it? You can read all the stories of all the orphaned baby-elephants on the website and adopt any of them, as many as you wish. Obviously the baby will stay in the orphanage and you will get a fostering certificate with a profile and photograph of your adopted orphan and every month you will get the ‘Keepers Diary’ for your elephant. In the diary you will be able to access the daily calendar entries and the monthly photos. Check out more photos here. And videos below:

     
  • annak 6:40 pm on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Nairobi National Park, , safari, travel   

    Safari Highlights 

    Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s first National Park and it’s in few kilometers drive from Nairobi center. It covers about 120 square kilometers and turned out to be an amazing experience, even though I’ve never thought I was big fan of wildlife. And yes, you’ve got to have a camera with much better lens than mine.

    Enjoy few of my favorite photos from my first safari ever.

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  • annak 7:37 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airport services, Dubai, Dubai international Airport, Emirates, travel   

    Fly Emirates 

    Or if you happen to transit through Dubai with some other airlines, walk over to Emirates’ new terminal, which has free wifi, choice of coffee places, bunch of Duty Free shops and this Oasis!

    Bring the green inside the airports, great idea, isn't?

    Bring the green inside airports, isn't it a great idea?

    It is actually one of those airports where I managed to spend about 8 hours and didn’t die of boredom. Here’s one of the details that cheered me up – à la Roy Lichtenstein  advertising of Emirates airlines.

    Emirates' ad

    Nice cap - check out the Emirates' logo

    As you can see I’m having fun in the airport, but in couple hours I will finally fly Emirates to Nairobi, so don’t take the headline of this post as a call, because, you should understand, being exposed to advertising for the whole night does convince people in the ad.

     
  • annak 1:40 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , travel   

    On the road 

    I will have to change the topic of my blog for couple of weeks – I’m hitting the road, off to Kenya. Meeting some interesting people, as well as wildlife so I will keep you posted about it all.

     
    • dv0rsky 2:43 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ENVY! 🙂
      have a nice trip!

    • dave bloss 4:44 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      enjoy! jody and i spent a week there in 2007. if you meet folks from “The Nation” in Nairobi, they are wonderful.

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