down a sandy path from watamu on the coast of kenya lies the remains of the city of gede. reduced to rubble and overtaken by tropical jungle, palaces and dwellings are the only clues to the mysterious trading post of centuries past. a stroll around leaves all to the imagination. who lived here? why did they leave? i felt like i was in the middle of a michael crighton novel, complete with primates, though not the man-eating kind. in the center of what was once a swahili house towers a 300 year-old baobab tree. some ingenious park attendants have built a rickety ladder up to the top and a viewing platform nestled in the upmost branches.

rubble in the jungle platform in the branches the city below

~ by aliciawolcott on December 14, 2007.

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