Monday, July 18, 2011

Arriving in Kenya

Last night we arrived in Nairobi and were quickly driven to our hotel. I was taken back by just how friendly most Kenyans are - it's truly amazing how interacting with them makes you feel at home.

This morning we met with the Tea Board of Kenya, where we learned the foundations of the tea industry in this country, and how it compares to the rest of the world. I was very impressed to learn that almost all Kenyan tea is grown essentially without pesticides due to the lack of pests such as nematodes that would prey on the plants. As a result, the tea trees can remain productive for over 60 years!

In the afternoon we made the drive up to Kericho, largely regarded as the tea growing capital of Kenya. On our way, I was entertained by the sight of baboons and zebras on the side of the highway. Once we arrived in Kericho we visited the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya. This organization works with everything from plant breeding to studying the effects of climate change on tea farming. Recently they've been working on optimizing the health benefits of Kenyan tea, a project they are really excited about!

I have to wake up early to tour some tea factories tomorrow, so I'll write more later!

Before I go to bed though I wanted to share a picture I took when I was still in Sri Lanka of elephants walking to the river at the Elephant Orphange near Kandy!

1 comment:

  1. This is too cool! Can't wait to follow along in your journey :)