Stories from Africa: Leaving Africa

My friend Deanna and I both agreed that we felt very strange leaving Africa.  Upon returning from our safari, we spent one night in Nairobi before catching a flight to London.  We had seen so many things — gorgeous and lush landscapes, amazing and majestic wildlife, and poverty on a level that we had never personally witnessed before.

Feeling a little empty upon returning from the safari, we ordered room service in our hotel and to our surprise, Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery was playing on television in Nairobi that night.  It was an unexpected but very welcome taste of home.

When I finally arrived home, it felt so strange to come back to this life where one’s every whim could be fulfilled almost instantaneously and with minimal effort.   Things aren’t like that in Africa, especially outside the city.   We saw people cultivate their food and graze their skeletal livestock along the roadside.   Refugee families walked long distances to draw water from a huge watering hole in one town.   Six year olds were working, leading a herd of goats and cattle instead of going to school.   Everyone was doing back breaking work, either hauling water, firewood, or digging and planting.   The smallest things in Africa come as a result of hours and sometimes days of work and sacrifice.   Being able to have so much at the expense of so little effort, everything back home seemed so surreal and artificial.

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7 responses to “Stories from Africa: Leaving Africa

  1. Hi Audrey! Taro sent me a link to your blog and I thoroughly enjoy not only reading about your adventures, especially about Africa, but also looking through the beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing all of this!

  2. It was so strange going to the hotel after EVERYONE had left. It was so lonely; watching Manhattan Murder Mystery was very comforting- it was familiar. I have always loved that movie.

    -deanna

  3. I love Woody Allen. When he gets it right, he really gets it right. I thought it was so interesting how the plot for Manhattan Murder Mystery was originally a subplot for Annie Hall. I’m glad he took it out and later revisited the idea with Diane Keaton all those years later.

  4. Did you know that Mia Farrow was originally supposed to play that role in “Manhattan Murder Mystery”, but Diane Keaton stepped in at the last minute to replace her. Right before they shot that movie Mia found out about Woody Allen’s affair with her daughter- that’s why she didn’t do Manhattan Murder Mystery.

    My favorite scene is when they have that recorded voice of the girlfriend and they call up the murderer…love it. Watching that in Africa was kind of perfect.

  5. I love the tape recorder scene! Watching that movie in the hotel was a nice way to ease our transition back home. It took a while for me to transition back. It felt so weird for a long time.

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