Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tusker Time

"Somewhere in the world it's Tusker Time", I told my friend Wandeto as we sat down for a late lunch of ugali, fried goat, and chapati. Although we usually wait a few more hours into the day to sit back, relax, and pop open one of Kenya's famous Tusker beers, today we decided that after our long walk in Nairobi National park that Tusker time would come early.

Even though Kenya received independence from Great Britain in 1963 it is still a place that is rich in many British cultural practices. Tea is still served at 10 and 4, they drive on the left side of the street, use British electrical plugs, and speak with a British English accent. However in the 51 years since independence Kenya has been able to reassert itself and create new traditions that are entirely theirs. One of those is Tusker Time, the Kenyan twist on high tea. It's an easy and quiet lovely early evening tradition that requires very little--cold Tusker beers and perhaps a bag of ground nuts (peanuts).

So whether you are navigating the "jams" of Nairobi, searching for the big 5 in the Masaai Mara, or lounging on the beaches in Lamu, if you find yourself in Kenya this is a tradition that should be honored and observed. 

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