Monthly Archives: October 2003

Changing Course – Nairobi, Kenya

Woke the next morning it was raining (yuk mud) but luckily we left right at the same time Gabriel was driving into Karen. We piled in and turns out he was going all the way into town so we hitched a ride. After a few stops, we hopped out then made our way to some crap bookstores which were no help. Then up to the internet where I got lots done. Really makes a difference when it is a fast connection. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

School and Sicky – Karen, Kenya

Sunday we went for our lunch after mass and on Monday Janet wasn`t here so I did the class with Ted and Becca. They were pretty good for Ted. I was impressed altho I think it really took it out of him. Now Ted says he has a whole new respect for me. The kids are a little crazy to him I guess and he has suggested that we split the class. Nice idea! read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

Sick Mary – Karen, Kenya

On Friday, I lazed around then I readied the room for the new girl. Becca seemed ok and I spent the day just settling her in. That night, I sat with sick little Mary while threw up bile and wheezed and coughed. She was in such pain and was crying. I really felt for her. I gave her my pink scarf and told her it was magical and would help her feel better. We said a little prayer and asked for four angels for her. I tried to send out healing energies for her as she laid there in my arms. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

Sorting Beans – Karen, Kenya

So waking up in the morning, Geoffs family made us eggs, bread, banana and tea. We chatted and laughed it up until we said our goodbyes. We waddled home after taking the bus and found Susan and Brian waiting at the gate watching cars go by. I had a lax rest of the day and slept early.

Tuesday was tough. I woke to find that Janet wasn`t here so I had the baby class all to myself. I managed somehow altho Amal was driving me mad. I was getting so frustrated with the misbehaving and I had to punish a few of them. But all in all it was ok and we did get alot accomplished. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

Night out in Nairobi – SuperSoul – Nairobi, Kenya

We drove to Carnivore and I was a little off balance as I didn’t realize how close it was. I am getting the distinct feeling that Nairobi is smaller than I first thought. Of course, that happens the longer you stay in a place. We pulled up to the place and we had to go through a very official looking check stop security gate thingy. They didn`t check us and just waved us through as I wondered just what was the point. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

The Sights and Smells of Kibera – Nairobi, Kenya

Today a bunch of us were going to visit Geoff in town so we trekked to Karen jumped a matatu. We arrived into Adams and as Geoff wasn’t at java hut yet, I got to do a bit of email. When we did meet up, we walked through the market on the way to his house. The crowd of makeshift shacks were dingy and in bad condition. It smelled bad and the ground was really dirty but they were selling everything! Geoff said that if you ever get something stolen, come here and you can buy it back the next day. I really wanted to stop and shop. The clothes actually looked quite wearable. And 50 schillings…couldn’t go wrong really. The place was like a huge dump maze. Some covered with large plastic sheets to promote rainy day shopping. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

Third World view of First World – Karen, Kenya

This morning Janet brought in a bunch of essays (final exams) from a grade 10 class. The topic was to write a dialog between you and a friend who just returned home from overseas. Most imagined that they went to the States but there were some from India, Australia, many Britain and one Canada. I was astounded by their ideas of what it is like on the other side. The word “heaven” was used repeatedly. One even claimed to see god and such. I chucked when one thought Geneva was in Swaziland. They then went on to say that everyone there is white and if you go there, you will turn white too. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

Out for Ethiopian food – Karen, Kenya

I was up too early again and tried to make coffee with new grounds when I realized that I was a whole hour ahead of time. For lunch we had bean soup then I forced myself out for the walk. Didn’t really feel like going to Karen so went the other way to ask if the Butterfly House would let me visit and to make plans for the littles. When I got there I sat for a while dripping in sweat because it`s a greenhouse. I tried to rescue a butterfly with only one wing placing it on the fruit. At least it can have pineapple for its last meal. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

Singing Sisters and Rice Dreams – Karen, Kenya

I woke very early to the sisters singing. There are four sisters who live in the apartment directly above me and they sing every morning which would be ok but…well, 6am is too early. Laid there until 7 then up and around. Off to school. Check out supply room in first block. After tea, we all had to attend a nutrition talk near the kitchen. Sat in the sun with Janet despite my inclination to move into the shade. I was a bit upset with myself for not trusting my instincts it as it got hotter and hotter. I couldn’t remove my black sweater cuz all I was wearing underneath was a black tanktop which is not suitable here. Anyway it turned out ok because we left halfway through. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment

Sick butterflies for sick kids – Karen, Kenya

Today was a good day. My finger is cut, I am covered in dishwater and my hairs a mess….but I am happy.

I woke up with a start (had bad dreams) having slept in….it was 820, so much for meditating altho I don`t know if I would have anyway. Maybe it`s a night thing…still remember feeling really sick and uncomfortable last time…sweaty and stuff…it wasn’t good at all. So I even missed morning prayer, which also was bad. I gobbled down my left over porridge and barely even tasted it. So I went to class but I was barely there still a little disturbed from the faint shadow of the nightmares. Talked with Janet a bit and she had noticed that I wasn`t myself and asked me if I was annoyed at someone. I blamed it on the wallet being stolen business. I called my bank at break and got a new card sent out. I felt a bit better after tea. I had a nice talk with Janet about how fun it would be to travel together. read more

Posted in Africa | Leave a comment