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The Day we Crossed the Equator 6 Times

August 19, 2012

Is there a tattoo for that?

The equator runs right through the most populated portion of Kenya and almost any traveler in the country will cross a time or two. We were traveling from Eldoret in the north(ish) west of the country and were headed for Nanyuki, a town in the north(ish) central part of the country, near Mount Kenya. Trouble is, there is no road from A to B, so we had to travel south to Nakuru, corkscrew along the equator for several hours, and then head north again. Sigh.

Oh well, we had a nice vehicle for the ride, and, had we been in need of groceries, could have filled the cupboards along the way, as we passed through the agricultural centers and had vendors standing to the side of the road all along with potatoes, carrots, peas, cabbage, chickens, and just about anything else you might not grow yourself.

Those pitchers on the side are standard equator-crossing equipment: people will show you the water funneling out clockwise on one side and counter-clockwise to the other. The scowls on the boys’ faces, also standard on week three of international, non-glamorous travel.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Abbey permalink
    September 2, 2012 9:46 pm

    You are a superstar for doing this. SUPERSTAR. You are teaching them that the world is big but accessible. So important. Also – I totally want to see the water in the funnel trick.

    • September 3, 2012 1:21 am

      For a mere 100 shillings, you CAN see it. For an imaginary/invisible line, the equator is a really big deal!

  2. marta permalink
    September 3, 2012 2:22 pm

    oh, it is invisible, but not imaginary. i also admire you greatly for taking them on this journey!

  3. Deborah Pulley permalink
    September 3, 2012 8:33 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought the boys would need jackets on the equator. very cool

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