Mfangano, Kisumu, Mfangano

This guy asked me to take his picture, then proceeded to wag his finger at me. I took it anyway.

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Bicycle in Kisumu, Kenya

As part of my time working with Tillen and getting the shop organized, I thought it would be a good idea to take a trip to the nearest real city here in Kenya, Kisumu. The point of the trip would be to visit a couple bike shops and make connections and figure out what parts were available that might be useful to us. We left Thursday morning, spent the night in Kisumu and headed back Friday afternoon.

First we took a ferry from Mfangano to Mbita, and then another ferry from Mbita to Luanda, and finally a matatu the rest of the way to Kisumu. We spent the day walking around going to different bike shops, and hardware stores finding tools and spare parts that we needed. I also got to eat at an all vegetarian indian restaurant and stock up on some spices from the super market. I didn’t feel totally safe pulling my camera out everywhere we went, but i snapped a few pictures when we got there and before we left.

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We stayed at place called the Duke of Breeze, which had a roof top restaurant and an incredible view of the sunset over lake victoria. However, my camera was down in my room and turns out the sun sets pretty fast on the equator, so by the time I could get my camera it was gone. Somehow during the night about a dozen mosquitos made their way into my mosquito net and had an all-night feast and I woke up covered in bites from my elbows down to my fingers and a few on my legs as well. I’ve never been bit this bad in my life. Tillen, who I was sharing a room with got only one bite.

Overall though the trip was a success, we made some good connections, found some parts that we really needed, and I think Tillen and the shop crew will be able to better service the existing bicycles on the island. When we got back the workbench was just about finished as well, so it’s nice to see some progress and things moving forward.

Here’s some pictures…

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The ferry docked at Mfangano at sunrise

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The beach in Sena on Mfangano before we boarded the ferry

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Fishermen in Sena

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Tillen on the ferry

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A wooden boat like the one I took to Mfangano the first time

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Mbita

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Our driver

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Kisumu

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Most of the transportation companies have ridiculous names

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Kisumu

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This guy also asked me to take his picture

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The guy on the right’s name was Ken and his dad is a witch doctor. He wants me to come to his house and take pictures… for a fee

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Everyone wanted their picture taken

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