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This trip would be much shorter

January 21, 2013

Travelling to Kenya is quite the ordeal. It started off with a 6 hour, overnight, flight to Amsterdam, which was delayed about two hours. The delay made us a little nervous about our two hour and 40 minute layover in Amsterdam. However our Amsterdam to Nairobi flight was delayed three hours so we had plenty of time to do nothing.

We were in line when someone from KLM told everyone that we had to wait for a new plane to arrive, we could grab a food voucher and come back in two hours. An elderly lady behind us had no idea what was going on and asked us “excuse moi..” I explained, in French, the delay and that she could grab a food voucher from the stewardess. Eric and I grabbed a voucher and headed towards the restaurants. The lady was following us down the terminal and then to the same restaurant. I told her what kind of food they had here and then she came and sat with Eric and I. It turned out Madame Jifar was from Comoros and had been visiting Lyon, France. The meal was a little awkward…Eric and I ate at our normal (too fast) pace while Madame Jifar had taken two bites of her omelette. I could either make small talk with the lady from Comoros in French and leave Eric out of the loop or talk to Eric in English, leaving Madam Jifar in left field.

After an eight hour flight to Nairobi we got our travel Visas really quickly, grabbed our bags and made our way to the hotel in a cab. The next morning we destroyed the breakfast buffet and then I did a 12km run on the treadmill, barely keeping my food down. That afternoon we flew the one hour flight from Nairobi to Eldoret. From the Eldoret airport we drove another hour to Iten.

Eric documented our travels with his GoPro… now that I’ve watched the video it’s actually only a video from the Toronto airport…

To date all of my running up here (8000 feet) has been relatively easy, my first real session will be tomorrow. After the long journey, 8 hour time difference and adjusting to the altitude it’s best to ease into training. Make sure I don’t dig a hole before I race Discovery Eldoret 12km Cross Country in 6 days. Whoo doggies!

I’ve been posting pictures on instagram

Iten, Market


  1. Adam permalink
    January 21, 2013 7:04 am

    Comment ont été les différances entre vos accents quand tu parlais à la femme ? Il y a des français qui me disent qu’ils ne peuvent comprendre l’accent canadien :P.

  2. reidcoolsaet permalink*
    January 21, 2013 7:10 am

    Mon français est le premier problème (c’est pas bon), et je parle lentement alors je ne pense pas que l’accent fait un différence pour moi.

  3. Aunt Mandy permalink
    January 21, 2013 1:22 pm

    Hope you have a great visit in Kenya, if you come across Mr. Korir, give hime my best!

  4. Olivia permalink
    January 21, 2013 1:30 pm

    The video contains a soundtrack that youtube has decided is copyrighted, so they muted the whole video.

    • January 21, 2013 11:39 pm

      • Olivia permalink
        January 22, 2013 1:46 pm

        My mouth is dry just watching Reid stuff the crackers back. Solid effort though.

  5. Sam Serviss permalink
    January 21, 2013 3:15 pm

    Sooooo pumped to see how your training goes over there, i saw you in Guelph at the indoor track but never went up to say hi haha.

  6. Susan permalink
    January 21, 2013 4:11 pm

    Bonjour Reid,

    Best of luck with your Discovery Eldorat cross-country race. We’ll be cheering for you

    in South Africa! xx

  7. Lynn permalink
    January 21, 2013 9:33 pm

    “Très bien Reid….sûrement la dame de Comoros a apprécié ton effort!” Couldn’t help but think of you guys today as I was running in -33C. I trust it’s warmer there. Good luck in Eldoret and your training!

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