Well, here I am! Nairobi, Kenya. This is going to be quite an experience, I can already tell. Just in the conversations I've had in the past few days, I can see I really don't know very much (Although most of you probably already knew that...).
For instance, I found out that a "napkin" is actually what is used to make a diaper...not what most of us would first think of. I also found out that the people who clean public bathrooms will walk in and start cleaning while you're going to the bathroom...even if the cleaner is a woman. Yeah...that one was a little awkward to find out. Also, electricity is, well...sporadic to say the least. At least 10 times throughout the school day, the electricty and lights will go out before the generator kicks them back on after a few seconds. When it happens, no one really seems to notice, because it happens so dang much. And at my family's home, the power was out from the time we got home from school yesterday evening (around 5:30 pm) until we left this morning (7:30). We ate dinner, hung out, read, and wrote all by the light of candles and lanterns until we fell asleep.
So as you can see, I'm already learning a lot, and I anticipate to learn and share many more of those stories as they happen. But right now I'm headed off to eat pizza and hang out with some of the walimu (teachers). I'll be adding pictures of the school and my home soon.
Kwa heri (Bye)!
23 October 2009
What does one do the day before they leave for a far-away land where they will be spending multiple months? "Oo..I know, I know! Packing?" No, no, no...that's saved until much later. (Such as the last few hours before I leave for the airport.) This is definitely a leading question, and the answer I'm leading you to is this: Riding horses. Oh, yes.
It was a fantastic time, and it should be in everyone's pre-Kenyan trip experience. Other forms of entertainment for this kind of time frame: Driving down roads marked as construction that have all of their pavement scraped off, nearly hitting owls sitting in the middle of the road, and taking pictures of trees in the dark.
Thank you for being a part of my first blog post, and I promise that once I'm out of an airport and in the beautiful land of Kenya, I will be able to post entries much more worthwhile to all of us. :)
The next time you read something from me, I'll be in Nairobi, Kenya. Bye, bye, now!