The Equator

‘Hakuna matata’ couldn’t have been a more apt phrase for the day we decided to go to the equator. The official spot was a three hour drive from Nairobi, and we left after lunch.

But I love long drives, especially through the lush countryside of Kenya, exploring more of the motherland. We found a road side stand with the sweetest tiny bananas, saw enormous fish being carried out of local rivers, friendly locals all along the way, offering guidance and hospitality.

Then we arrived.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but a single sign just off the road out in the middle of no where wasn’t it.
A local man came up to us, and started his presentation of “The Equator”. He put a bucket of water with a funnel directly underneath the sign, and surely as a rooster crows at first light, the water dropped straight down.

We then walked twenty metres north, and saw the water swirl clockwise down the funnel, then went twenty metres south to see it turn counter clock wise.

I’m easily entertained.

We spent maybe a total of fifteen minutes there, hanging with a few locals before turning around and making the long drive back to Nairobi.

Gotta love Kenya.

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3 Comments

  1. My favorite part of this day was how confused the Kenyans were that we WANTED to randomly take off and drive 6-7 hours to see a sign in the middle of nowhere. Hahaha. Love it!

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