Has been crazy busy!  Since arriving in Kenya I have done the following:

  • Stayed in three different guest houses
  • Taken two weeks of Swahili lessons
  • Traveled outside of Nariobi to Nakuru, Embu, Kitui and Mang’u
  • Eaten more fresh fruit than ever before, much it from my own yard
  • Stayed with a host family, Rose and Moses, for 2-3 weeks
  • Participated and helped with the HIV/AIDS tour that included much travel, debriefing and an abundance of information – it was great!
  • Gone on a one-day safari
  • Used so many outhouse squatties that I’ve lost count
  • Been a tad dehydrated and taken ORS – oral rehydration solution (which are gross but helpful)
  • Been visited by my US supervisor
  • Met individually with half of the staff
  • Learned how to use the matatus (mini-buses, sometimes scarey public transportation)
  • Attended worship in English, Kikuyu and Swahili
  • Learned to greet in Kikuyu
  • Been accepted by my host family as a part of their family and an honorary Kikuyu (the largest tribe in Kenya)
  • Sent “Someone in Kenya loves Me” stickers to all of my family
  • Found the joy of a new beverage called Stoney Tangawizi (I’m told it’s between a ginger ale and ginger beer)  Tangawizi is Swahili for ginger
  • Made plans for visiting Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate for an office spiritual retreat.  Nothing like going to Hell for a little spiritual uplift, huh?
  • Started planning to visit Uganda to meet with a fellow Bridger
  • Started making plans to visit Eldoret in western Kenya for Thanksgiving to visit Alida in her new place
  • Eaten a variety of Kenyan food including ugali (cornmeal boiled to a solid with water), matoke (green bananas boiled and mashed) sukuma wiki (boiled greens) and chapatti (Indian influence and one of my favs)
  • MOVED INTO MY OWN APARTMENT!
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