KNOW THE OTHER TRAVELER: MICHAEL OWUOR

DSC04562 Interesting character in the interviewee’s chair today. A man who loves his privacy very much, but still loves a good time outdoors. He even did not allow the use of his picture in this post. However, we still wanted to know more of his love for tourism. His name, Michael Owuor.

  1. First, just tell us about yourself and how you are involved in the tourism industry.

I love fast cars, gadgets and fast reliable internet.. in that order. I work as a paramedic in one of the Sugar Companies in Western Kenya. I’m not directly involved in the tourism Industry but I do enjoy traveling. I only have one social Media Account on Twitter: @OwuorMichael

  1. Where did you get that love for tourism, nature and traveling from?

I’m an introvert by nature. I find peace and calmness in nature. There is just something magical about that deep breath of fresh air as the birds chirp and take in the beauty of Kenya.

  1. Are you contented with how much you have traveled and places you have visited so far?

No. I’m not. Kenya is such a beautiful country and there is so much to explore.

  1. What has been your best destination so far?
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Club Simba Wells, Meru

Meru: Visiting the Miraa* farms, Mt Kenya and the Njuri Ncheke* Shrine was so much fun. I imagined myself being crowned a Meru Elder(laughs). The mutura and rhumba music at Club Simba Wells was seventh heaven!

  1. Take us through your travel bucket-list.
  • Lake Turkana: For the smoked fish and to also explore its main inlet, River Omo.
  • Kinshasa: I’m a huge fan of Congolese music and the Lingala language. I would probably come back with a truckload of Franco, Pepe Kalle, Papa Wemba, Yondo Sister, Extra Musica and Wenge Musica CDs/DVDs. “Maboko likolo!” (Puts his hands up in the air and does a jiggle)
  • Kilifi: A couple of friends have told me that its beauty is enchanting.
  • Italy: I would love to have a personalised tour of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati factories.
  • Germany: The land of BMW, Audi, Porsche and Mercedes. Need I say more? (Lets out a smile)
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Kilifi coastline

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  1. How often do you travel?

Due to the nature of my work, almost on a weekly basis.

  1. What are the most important lessons you have learnt from your trips?

Kenya is such an amazing country. We have the Great Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, the Indian Ocean, Kisii Highlands and the Maasai Mara among many other wonderful places. At the end of the day, we all have our dreams, fears and hope, whichever part of Kenya we come from.

  1. What is the most frustrating part about trips?

I don’t find trips frustrating. They are always fun, apart from when people can’t keep time!

  1. Do you consider yourself a traveler or a tourist? Why?

A traveler. The road less traveled is the most interesting.

  1. Any comments on #TembeaKenya efforts and to others about traveling
    through Kenya?

I’ll quote you guys, “Travel. Live Life. Have Fun”. And of course, explore.

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PS: Miraa* – Khat, Njuri Ncheke* The Meru tribe Council of Elders

We are grateful to @OwuorMichael for the interview. If you have any comments, please share on the comments’ section or via our twitter page . You can also suggest anyone to be considered for future interviews. Thank you.

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