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#1 sherab

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:51 AM

Hello everyone.

My name is Julian Cook and I took my first trip to Africa 20 years ago and have since traveled back to a few places. I love Africa, I miss it every day I am not there. Most recently I climbed Kilimanjaro and loved it.

I'm a software engineer by trade and I have been doing that for 20+ years but am pursuing my African Studies degree because Id prefer to follow what my heart directs me to do.

Safari really opened my eyes to a good many things and I have two small children that I plan to immerse in understanding of safari and animal conservation.

Julian


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:10 AM

Welcome

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 12:27 PM

@sherab I love Africa so much that I moved to Nairobi over four and a half years ago. I love living here so much that I couldn't imagine living anyplace but Africa. I welcome you to Safaritalk because this site has literally dramatically changed my life for the better. 



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 03:52 PM

Welcome to safari talk also from my side. Although I am a greenhorn among the elders here, Africa captured also my heart!



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 05:28 PM

Welcome Julian.  I'm a fellow IT person who feels the pull to do something more conservation related.  I don't have kids but have started to brainwash....errrr..."teach" my 6 year old neighbor all about African wildlife!  :D

 

Have you taken your kids to Africa yet, or are they still too young?  I can only imagine how profound it will be to see Africa through your kids' eyes!



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:02 PM

Welcome, Julian! It's just under 2 months from my first trip to Africa. You won't find a group of people with bigger hearts and advice than those of SafariTalkers.   :)



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:10 PM

Welcome Julian. I'd be interested to learn where in Africa you've travelled to and whether you have plans for your next safari. That African Studies degree sounds fascinating.


"Moments that touch the soul are always short but they echo pleasantly afterwards"
Stephen Pern - Another Land, Another Sea Walking round Lake Rudolph.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 01:19 PM

@sherab

Welcome to Safaritalk



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 04:14 AM

@sherab...another welcome.  And, how fortunate your children will be from the exposure to Africa!  Your family and you will benefit forever.


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 08:50 AM

welcome


Wild Africa is in my blood. All life is sacred and interconnected. for the animals are fellow nations caught in the splendor and trevail of the earth.


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 03:59 AM

Best wishes in pursuing your African studies.  Very exciting.  Perhaps you can share some of your insights from your program here.


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:07 AM

I was delighted when a kind American lady that I met at Ol Donyo Lodge in Chuyulu Hills National Park told me that she wasn't really interested in her 3 grandchildren getting to know Europe,Central America or elsewhere;where she really wanted them to  know was Africa. I don't have children or grandchildren of my own,but I'd love for my niece and nephew who are now 6 and 10 to get to know Africa. I even hope that they could go to High School here in Kenya. 

 

I just love meeting people who are on safari for the first time and inevitably say that their first safari to Africa is the most exciting,fun and educational trip of their whole life no matter where they've been before. I not only enjoy going on safari more and more;I keep discovering new places to visit as well as new activities.







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