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CHRISTMAS WITH THE MAASAI

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FOLLOW KIKO AND KELLY’S ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD AT A FAMILY AFAR.

Kelly: The planner/blogger/academic teacher of this traveling tribe, I was raised in the USA and developed a love of international travel at a young age from holiday journeys with my family. Loving the freedom, adventure, and just that feeling of “other-worldliness” that only travel create, I pursued many opportunities to travel abroad in my teen and twenties. I found the most life changing trips were the longer ones; a 9-month travel adventure around-the-world my junior year in college with “IHP-Global Ecology” transformed the way I saw myself in the world. What circumstances could make for a better experience; youth, an open mind, and true immersion in cultures? I shaped my life after college graduation, so that I could work and live frugally in the Hawaii and then head off on another adventure. In 1998, I joined a marine research ship, RV Heraclitus, in Indonesia and traveled to remote areas of South East Asia, while exploring the coral reefs and cultures. It is on this ship that I met Kiko……

Kiko: The best mix of MacGyver / Superman/ Tarzan, he is the one you want to have with you on a deserted island. Born and raised in a small fishing village in Venezuela, he is the second youngest in his family of 10. He grew up making his own toys, boats from oil barrels and catcher mitts from milk cartons. Fish was breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From his father he learned the art of fishing and boat building. In 1992, at the age of 16, the RV Heraclitus, an international ship of dreams, came to his town for repairs, and he immediately hit it off with the crew and was asked to join. He travelled the world, learned English, experienced exotic cultures, and made lifelong friends around the planet; truly experiencing life to the fullest. In 1998, our lives converged when I joined the same ship…

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