Sunday, June 27, 2010
I have been a little busy lately, which keeps me from blogging. But in addition, I am now battling a head cold and some sort of very debilitating stomach issue. It's all part of living in Nairobi. This too shall pass. My writing isn't lacking for topics, I think of many things to write about, most of them come to me while driving, so you can see it's a little hard to jot them when I think of them.
Maybe you are in a season of not getting a chance to read blogs very often, like I'm in a season of not writing very often. I hope that will change for both of us, but it may be another month before I can realistically say that life will have calmed down enough to be able to get the time to write.
If you have some burning question about my life here let me know and I'll consider the topic for a future entry. Who knows, I may be inspired sooner.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
This photo was taken about 13 and a half months ago just after our sister died. We went out to her home in Washington to sort out her belongings. I left for Kenya about 3 weeks later. Dan is absolutely the best big brother a girl could have! Too bad he's so old. :)
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I was over at one of our guest flats checking on a few details for our influx of visitors for the busy graduation season. I noticed the dining room light was missing a bulb. You guessed it, I stuck my finger in the socket to see if it takes a screw or pin type bulb. I got a really good 220 volt shock! Here's the singed finger to prove it. (How was I to know it was switched on. And I didn't intend to touch all the way up!)
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Evidentially Nairobi City Council is stepping up their basic urban law enforcements. Some of these laws are going to be really challenging to obey! We’ll see how it goes.
Please take note and be careful and spread this message to your brothers & sisters:
Pedestrians crossing the roads in Nairobi when traffic light is red – fine is Kshs. 10,000/=
Motorist moving on when the traffic light is red – fine Kshs 10,000/=
Pedestrians crossing the road while talking on their mobile phones – fine is Kshs. 500/=
Boarding/Alighting at non designated matatu stops - fine 10,000/=
Unfastened seat belt - fine 500/=
Worn out tyres - Fine Kshs 10,000/=
Double parking -Fine Kshs 20,000/=
Honestly, the least amount of fine (under $10) is for an unfastened seatbelt which might be the most fatal thing of all of these violations. Well, that and trying to cross a road while talking on a mobile phone.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
In Kenya, everyone has their own major appliances. You take them with you when you move. I brought my fridge and cooker (stove) from the other place, but the cooker doesn’t fit in the allotted space for the cooker. It’s hooked up but it’s sort of in the middle of the room. Everything works, but it’s hard to tell if the rest of the kitchen is in the ‘right’ place because I’m constantly walking around the cooker to get this or that. A small price to pay for being out of the flood zone. And eventually I will do something about it.
In the meantime it’s started raining again after about a week and a half of being dry. Last night my whole body tensed as the light rain turned to a rapid downpour. It took only a moment to remember that I was safe. But in the next moment I remembered the former tenants telling me that roof leaks sometimes when it rains hard with high winds. I ventured onto the clothes washing balcony to get a couple of buckets, just in case. Nothing came in.
I should be sleeping soundly, if only I could get to bed early enough. But there is always something to do around here.
I'll try to take and post some photos over the weekend.