Fascinated by the country, Klougart spent her nights and weekends travelling the country in search of stories.
While visiting the country’s numerous beautiful beaches, Ama was struck by the many older European women she saw carousing with young Kenyans.
Klougart met her first subject, Louise, on the beach. ” Louise was in a relationship with two different Kenyan men and introduced Klougart to many of the women in the area.
She told Louise that she was doing a story about love. Louise first began living in Kenya in 1997 when she went to work as a tour guide.
When she inquired with one of the women, she found that she was witnessing what many call “romance tourism” — lonely men and women who travel to impoverished countries in search of companionship and locals who willingly oblige, in exchange for gifts, free meals, and, sometimes, cold hard cash.
Klougart began documenting the affairs of the many women she met on the beaches of Kenya who introduced her to the sometimes troubling and sometimes empowering world of women who go after exactly what they want and nothing more.Playing along can guarantee the men a comfortable bed in a hotel, as well as meals and gifts from the women that the men keep or sell for things they need.One woman that Klougart met travels from Germany twice a year, staying three weeks each time. When she arrives, she gives the man enough money for him to pay for everything while she is there.The three of them moved to France, but Louise kicked the man out after she caught him cheating.She moved back to Kenya so her son Joshua could connect with his roots.Klougart shared a number of the photos with us here, but you can see the rest at her website.Klougart first came across “romance tourism” while she was walking along the beaches of Mombasa, Kenya.For example, enter "giraffe" and you'll get back words like "gazellephant" and "gorilldebeest".Enter "south america" and "chess" and you'll get back words like "checkuador". It uses the Datamuse API to find related words, and then finds combinations of these words that pair well together phonetically.Note: The algorithm tries reconstruct a spelling for the new word after generating its pronunciation, and sometimes this spelling isn't quite right.If you're able to read IPA you'll find a more accurate pronunciation in the "Pronunciation" column on the right.