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Reverse Culture Shock

Most people realize that when they leave their home country and explore distant new places, they will have some degree of culture shock because so many things will be different. On the other hand,...

You are Entering a Corruption-Free Zone

Here in Kenya there is frequent talk of corruption in business and especially in the government. And no wonder, because it is fairly prevalent. For example, on a recent matatu (bus) ride outside of...

Ladies’ Choice Meats

Just outside of Nairobi on Thika Road there is, in fact, a butchery called “Ladies’ Choice Meats”, complete with the expected display of raw meat in the window. This strikes me as funny for...

With apologies to Cyndi…

We have been very glad recently to learn some of the more advanced grammar in our Kiswahili class, for a number of reasons. For Eric, he can finally say write some of the more...

Unwritten Rules of Living in Africa

For many of our friends who are either African or have spent some time on the continent, this post is not for you. You already know how the rhythm of life works here and...

Faith-Based Furniture

Kenya is predominantly Christian (at least nominally), so countless small businesses are given religious names. One favorite I saw recently was a bus with the slogan “Father, Forgive Them”—I assume they mean the other...

Drive It Like U Stole It

In Kenya as in much of Africa and South America, there are countless buses and vans for shuttling people around the cities, and most of these vehicles are covered with slogans and quotes, often...

A “Proudly Kenyan” Commercial

Okay, we are strapped on time tonight at the cyber cafe, but I wanted to share at least a little morsel of Kenyan goodness – and immediately thought of the best commercial I  have...

Thanks for the memories…

So far, you’ve only heard from Ainsley about our time here in Kenya, so finally I am getting around to posting. You know, Ainsley has been carrying around dozens of rubber-banded piles of notecards...

Wazungus and Watoto

Every day as we walk around town, and especially our neighborhood – Tena Estate – we’re met with a chorus of whispers, snickers, whistles, shouts and murmurs. Most of these include the word “mzungu,”...