Hi everyone,

I was blogged forward by Conall O’Malley. Conall and I belong to CRM Team in Dublin.

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Intro:

My name is Thomas Kagiri, born in a very beautiful country called Kenya. Thinking about my home town, am filled with sweet memories of the childhood adventures in the savannah grass lands. A times when we climbed the mountains as young scouts, taking care of animals and conserving trees. I come from a farming community down the slopes of Mt-Kenya, we grow the popular Kenyan tea & the aromatic Kenyan coffee. I am a child of the earth, Kenyan by birth, studied in the Scandinavia and lives in the island of Ireland. Quite a combination of culture, I must say

Fun fact about my country / myself:

Kenya is in the East Africa, home to the great rift valley. The Equator divides the country into half, introducing different climates within one country. If you’re fascinated by wildlife this is the place to be any time of the year. Kenya has a warm, humid climate along its Indian Ocean coastline, with wildlife-rich savannah grasslands inland towards the capital. Nairobi has a cool climate which becomes colder closer to Mount Kenya, which has three permanently snow-capped peaks. Further inland, there is a warm and humid climate around Lake Victoria, and temperate forested and hilly areas in the western region. The northeastern regions along the border with Somalia and Ethiopia are arid and semi-arid areas with near-desert landscapes. Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh-water lake and the largest tropical lake, is situated to the southwest

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Questions asked by Conall:

What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

Mapping Azerbaijan National Road Topography while working for Roadscanners Oy. It was fascinating to use ground penetrating radar in Azerbaijan

What is your personal life dream?

To leave a distinctive mark in my life, to be remembered for a good reason.

Blogging It Forward:

I would like to blog it forward to the following people:

Agneta Alungo

Neal Genocchi

David Wilson Kizito

Fiona Ryan

Zeituni Baraka

Brian Patterson

Webster Cui

And I would be happy if you could answer the following questions:

  1. If you were 20 again, what would you study?
  2. How do you think the way you were raised affects your Career?
  3. Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know

I hope you enjoyed my BIF! Feel free to comment or ask me any questions you’d like in the comments below!

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  1. Matt Fraser

    Hi Thomas,

    I love your description “Child of the Earth.” What great exposure, born and raised in Kenya, educated in Scandinavia, working in Ireland and Azerbaijan — all very different places from each other! East Africa has long been on my “to go to” travel list, and now you just make me want to move it up the list even more.

    Can you tell us a bit more about the picture of the hut?

    Regards,

    Matt

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    1. Thomas Kagiri Post author

      Hi Matt,

      East Africa has a lot to offer, from climbing Kilimanjaro, wildlife tourism in Serengeti, Masai Mara, Amboseli national parks to the white beach on the Indian ocean coast. Basically, if you’re adventurous E.Africa is the place to spend your vacation.

      About the hut πŸ™‚ , it is a sauna at Inari Finnish Lapland, a very traditional region inhabited by the Sami people.

      I will upload several interesting pictures while in East African wilderness πŸ™‚

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  2. Pedro Freitas

    Nice blog Thomas!

    And I scrolled down here to the comments to make the exact same question as Matt just did! Is that a house you’ve lived in? It looks really interesting.

    have a nice weekend everyone,

    Pedro

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  3. Jose Antonio Martinez

    Dear Thomas:

    Nice Blog, welcome to the BIF family πŸ™‚

    And also as Matt mention, where is the hut? Is in Kenya?

    Also will be great if you add more pics from Kenya, Scandinavia and Azerbaijan

    Regards

    Jose Antonio

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  4. Jelena Perfiljeva

    Hey, the pictures look suspiciously like North Carolina, cabin included. πŸ™‚ Very nice BIF, I wish you could tell more about Kenya, sounds like a great place to visit.

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  5. Marilyn Pratt

    What a beautiful addition to the Blog it Forward collection. I agree with Matt that your “Child of the Earth” really resonates, but I also find your “to be remembered for a good reason” inspirational! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your life beyond your professional life.  But that also seems fascinating.  Mapping in Azerbaijan! Now that seems pretty exotic and different.  I briefly visited Kenya in the late 90’s.  I wonder how the more ubiquitous nature of technology has changed life…. and nature there: mobile, communication, information exchange.

    Thanks for participating in BIF.

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    1. Thomas Kagiri Post author

      Nice to hear that you’ve visited Kenya, how was your experience? The country has changed a great deal since 90’s, as you may know they’re leading in mobile money transfer technology(Google MPESA), it is the hallmark technological achievement so far πŸ™‚ . The population is quite savvy by any standards. The nature is as untouched as it has always been, apart from the areas around big cities and towns. Rural – urban migration is at its best since civilization, hence demand for housing, leading to nature encroachment.

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    1. Thomas Kagiri Post author

      Thanks Fiona, I would like to visit Mongolia, for now am happy living at the foot of Dublin mountains πŸ™‚ (quiet & serene). Which country would you like to live in other than Ireland?

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  6. Fiona Ryan

    I’m not sure where I would like to live, most likely somewhere in Ireland near mountains and water with a short commute to work πŸ™‚

    I have a long list of where I would like to visit – would love to do the Trans Siberian and see Russia and Mongolia, Costa Rica is very high on the list too.

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  7. Christophe Sturzel

    Great blog Thomas,

    Your descriptions of Kenya reminded me the TV documentary series ‘The long way down’  in which they cross Africa with their Motorbikes.  Especially the equator aspect is fascinating, the test of the water which flushed clockwise on one side of the equator and anti clockwise just a few meters South of the equator, sounds magic.  Kenya and Africa sounds fascinating and is certainly still a natural environment. Your experience in very different countries must be very enriching.

    Thank you

    Christophe

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    1. Thomas Kagiri Post author

      Yep I remember the documentary, involving Ewan & Charley. The “equator water test” is a practical presentation of Earth’s magnetic properties. Quite impressive!

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    1. Thomas Kagiri Post author

      Hi Marssel, I look forward to visiting Brazil. As an ardent greenbelt supporter am always following Amazon & Congo forests protection news. Brazil is definitely a place to visit in my lifetime.

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    1. Thomas Kagiri Post author

      Hi Midhun, Ghana is a wonderful country, one of the most stable democracy in Africa. Though in West African, is quite similar to Kenya (East Africa), but again very different culturally. Africa is the 2nd largest continent and has a lot to offer and experience, make a point to see more there πŸ™‚

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