Got some more meat today. Thought I’d share the experience with you all. Forgot to get a shot of the butchers, but I’m sure I’ll be going back soon. Nyamachoma = Roasted Meat
If you care to send me anything, please send to the following address: P.O. Box 13488 – 00800 Nairobi, Kenya Take care when sending packages. Things of value will most likely be taken at customs. I have heard that DHL is a good service to use.
One thing that has astounded me time and again is the number of people in Nairobi that make their commute by foot. Everywhere, all day, you can see hundreds of people on any given street moving to and from work or running errands. Sidewalks are nearly non-existant and most are just dirt/mud with some grass… Continue reading Walking Everywhere
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Anyone know how to effectively cook black beans? I soaked them for 10 minutes but it still took 40 minutes to cook me some black beans yesterday…and when I say cooked, I mean barely done and just edible.
I was riding around yesterday in a Matatu and in front of us was a crowd of young men going down the street ripping off political posters. At first I thought it was just some school boys cleaning up the walls outside their school. I was mistaken. They were tearing down any poster that was… Continue reading Political Impressions
I got a place to live! I moved into my place this past weekend. I spent the entire weekend buying furniture, buying household items and cleaning. I forgot how much stuff is required when you start living in a new place…simple things like cleaning supplies, window shades (which I forgot), bathroom mirrors (also forgot) and… Continue reading JB Gets a Home
So i’m sitting at work and can’t escape the gnats…that’s the last time I leave a banana sitting around. I finally have a place of which I will be able to call home for the next year. Sure, it doesn’t have any furniture, no stove, no fridge, no shower (only a tub) and no lights,… Continue reading Dudos mingi sana = So many bugs
We decided to try something different for lunch today…no gas station food. We went down the road to a place that serves roasted meat. They have a list of 4 different cuts of beef to choose from and you get it by the kilo. The actual cow is sitting behind some glass. They grab a… Continue reading Lunchtime Experience…possible quality toilet time
So about work. The office I’m working in is right along a very busy highway and surrounded by some farm land. It’s a very small building that is one floor and one hallway. UDPK is on one side and the National Council for Disabled People (something like that) is on the other. I’ll be working… Continue reading First Day of Work
I ventured out into Nairobi this weekend…took a leap into the deep end. One thing I did do was purchase a cheaper watch that isn’t so desirable. I settled upon the beauty in the picture…a 1980’s Casio…nice. Talked him down from 3000/- to 500/-…which apparenlty was still a rip off. I can’t wait to show… Continue reading JB Buys a Watch
Is that with an ‘e’ or without? So if you don’t like either then you might want to bring some food with you to Kenya. Had some traditional Ugali last night…a little like grits.
Today we were introduced to our partner organization reps. Sure, mine showed up a little late, but we’re on Kenyan time now. The man I met is named Isaac; I can’t remember his last name. People are often referred to by only their last name in a business setting; I would obviously be called Woodruff.… Continue reading I get some Information…still no home
Habari za jioni? Good evening. The Swahili studies are going well and I’ve found it’s been fairly easy to learn the basics in just two days of study. The remainder of our orientation will be dedicated to learning some practical skills for working in the country as well as some safety and health practices. I… Continue reading JB Learns some Swahili
It’s been 24hrs since I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. First impressions…this should be interesting. We are a group of 12 volunteers from all over the world and we start out with some language training at the Methodist Guest House in Nairobi. Many will leave after the week to head off to their respective positions around… Continue reading JB Arrives in Nairobi