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By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado   

Last edited: Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2002

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Thanks to a co-worker, I REALLY want to go to Africa (she just got back only yesterday!!).

I have a good friend and a co-worker in Kimberly Proctor, who is the daughter of Sue Proctor; both work at the Golden Corral here in Burleson, Texas, and she just got back from a two-week trip to Kenya, Africa. She had a good time, according to Karla, but she is tired and probably wants nothing more to do than to sleep! She was constantly on the go, and she went on several safaris (and she saw CHEETAHS!!!!!!!!!!), and even went to a Maasai village. She also ate stuff like wildebeest and zebra, and she really had a great time.

While in Africa, she got me a cheetah postcard (which is what I wanted; it is going right onto my wall, above my bed, when I get home!!), and she got Karla two pairs of earrings made by the Kikuyu and Maasai tribes. (The Maasai earrings are really long, and they are quite colorful, really pretty!) Of course, she also got Karla a few cheetah postcards. (We gave her the money to get us these things; if we had more in the way of money, she could have gotten us more things from Africa; but we were quite happy with what she got us. That was nice of her to think of us while she was in Africa!!)

Ever since living with Karla I have wanted to go to Africa (it's HER fault I want to go; she is NUTZ about Africa and her culture, in particular, the Maasai people!); now that I know someone who just GOT BACK FROM AFRICA, I REALLY WANT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think it would be neat to see a culture so entirely different than my own and to see all of Africa's amazing variety of wildlife, in particular, those animals, like the black and white rhinocerous, cheetah, and other rare specimens who are considered vulnerable to extinction. I especially would love to see the cheetahs.

As you know, I am a cheetah fanatic, and I have to admit that they are STUNNING in their beauty..such sweet, sad faces..such comical chirps enamating from their long, sleek, spotted bodies--they sound more like BIRDS than CATS!!!!!!!!--..their incredible speed as they go after prey--THAT is NOTHING short of ASTOUNDING!!!!!!!!--...and of course, their closeness to humans. (Of the big cats, cheetahs interact the best with humans, and they can be trained.)

I would LOVE to go to Africa and just see it, especially Kenya and Tanzania. But being poor, I am afraid that isn't going to be very soon.

"Other kids get to play in Africa--why can't I play in Africa??" (BOO-HOO!!!!!!!)

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Reviewed by Julie Murphy (Reader) 2/22/2008
I hope you get to play in Africa one day. I have visited three countries in Africa - they were very different from each other. Each place has its own "flavor". But I think anywhere with a cheetah would suit you! : )
Thanks for another interesting and enjoyable write. Julie
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 1/22/2003
Amazing write ........
Reviewed by Sarah Rosenman (Reader) 8/27/2002
wonderful write!
Reviewed by Masarat Daud (Reader) 8/7/2002
That's really nice gurl. I really hope you get to go but not always do we get what we want (at the right time)...but oh well. I'm so glad you got those things and yeah if I ever go to Africa, then I'd get you something hehe.

And as for some weird people advising you to go to India, well be careful there. If you meet people like them, then oops ur in trouble. Always nice to read you karen!
Reviewed by Rita Putatunda 7/27/2002
Hope your dream comes truuuuuuue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Why don't ya try India in the mean time--we have some rhinos and stuff too--and we make some gorgeous earrings tooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hoo-Hoo!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Paul Calvin Wilson 7/25/2002
A good piece. I live in he U.K. but grew up in South Arica. It was quite turbulent, what with apartheid, and mass action, demonstrations, and the elections that led to Nelson Mandela becoming president. The chinese have a urse - may you live in interesting times, and that is applicable, certainly. In April I visited South Africa for the first time in 4 years - and the place has really change. Problem is, there is huge unemployment, crime, and poverty. A real shame.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/23/2002
Wonderful write!
In Christs Lovwe Michelle
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/23/2002
I wanna go!!!! :) Love this write...(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)

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