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A Special Pair of Sandals

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Today we had a little diversion from the regular schedule in the afternoon. After watching monkeys from 7-12:45 and 2:30-4:30 our driver took us into the little town of Watamu. We were able to walk down the street and look into a few kiosks where items were for sale, mostly for the tourists at the few hotels in the area. All us women were anxious to order handmade sandals, which we did. They will be made in our size, with beaded decorations that we choose (about 20-30 different styles to choose from) and will be ready tomorrow afternoon. The price is 450 Kenya shillings which is about $6.30. One woman sat there and began to sew the beads onto the leather by hand as we spoke. We asked if they could really have 10 pairs of sandals made by hand by tomorrow and he said, “Yes, we have many people to help us.” They will probably work for many hours on these sandals and I will always think of that as I wear and enjoy them.

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sharing your research and fascinating expedition with your students is very inspirational as I prepare to head back to classroom this fall. I am a HS Biology and Physical Science teacher just enjoying this great story. Good Luck with the upcoming year!!!

Hello Barbara,

I too am planning to visit Watamu in Dec.
Pls. advise whether u bought the sandals from Watamu Village.

Was it a full leather sandal? And how was the quality?
Jim

Food for thought me thinks!

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