Travel

You Know You’re From Kakamega Kenya When…

July 5, 2008 The other day Felix walked into the office where I was typing and started laughing. “What??” I fake glared at him. “It’s just funny to see you eating that, you’re turning Kenyan!” he ...

Obama for Kenya’s President

July 1, 2008 Today was the best use of $ 4 that I have ever made in my life: I bought the Obama song!!! Unless it has come to the states since I left, I doubt many of you have heard the Obama song. It is a ...

Top 5 Best Cultural Moments

June 30th, 2008 I have now officially been in Kenya for a month. While it never really felt like that different, here are my top five favorite cultural moments. 1. On the first night with my host family, it ...

A Tale of Two (very awakward) Meals

6/27/08 Yesterday I had lunch with one of the poorest people I’ve ever met and dinner with one of the richest. It was interesting, to say the least ... I ate lunch with a woman who lives next to where I ...

All Work, No Pay?

6/16/08 To get to my office you must first survive the chaos of downtown Kakamega. You must walk past the snickering schoolchildren, past the catcalling bicycle drivers, past the street children begging for ...

The African Dream

6/13/08 Today my host dad, or Baba, came home. He works in a different area during the week so he only comes home on the weekends. This is common in Kenya, men go to where the jobs are and as there aren’t ...

Muzungu Curtis

6/11/08 During orientation, Angie casually mentioned that one of the Kiswahili words that we might hear on the streets is “muzungu” which means “white person.” In Nairobi and traveling with a big ...

My Kenyan Family

6/6/07 Around 11 this morning I sat in the back of a taxi, bouncing along the tree-lined street. The bouncing was partially due to the abundance of giant potholes in the red dirt road but I was also bouncing ...

Second Day, still in Nairobi

I woke up at what I thought was dawn, judging from the light streaming through the window. James had mentioned that he usually wakes up early, so if anyone wanted to go on a morning stroll through Nairobi they ...