This past weekend we took a little holiday with Kirsten and Hans to a place called Malu Lodge in Naivasha, which was a 2-hour drive north of Nairobi. It was the perfect distance to get out of the city while not running into trouble with Grace in the car for too long. Malu is essentially a big farm inside a big forest. We rented a two-bedroom cottage for two nights, which was especially cozy by the fire in the evening, and ate at their secretly wonderful Italian kitchen. There were farm animals galore for Grace's entertainment (horses, cows, donkeys, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, dogs, cats) and wild animals that we didn't see too much of (buffalo, leopards, baboons, and small antelope called dik dik).
We were able to walk in the forest and bathe in a very special hot spring pool in the middle of it! We carried Grace around on our backs and enjoyed LOTS of peace and quiet. Some of us (okay, not me and Grace) went for a bike ride! It was a really special place that we would recommend to residents and travelers alike.
When we came back to Nairobi we had one more day with Kirsten and Hans. They took us out to a nice dinner on Saturday, we took them to a big pot luck lunch at the home of one of our friends on Sunday, and Kristoffer played his final two games of tennis with them. It was a hard goodbye on Monday morning...and Grace was extra snuggly with her Farmor so it almost seemed as if she knew that they were leaving. We spent yesterday being really sad without them, but we are so grateful for the 3 weeks they were here and for all the fun-joy-love-walking practice-Danish treats they brought with them.