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Style Evolution

Our sense of style changes over time. We develop it as we get older. Life events like parenthood (human or animal kids), job changes, and such affect it. And in the case of the expat, moving to a new place also changes it. Maybe it’s a different culture or climate. Maybe it’s both.

For me, for the most part, my style is the same. But I’ve noticed some changes:

  • I’m still mostly wearing black and gray and otherwise monochrome. But, I have some splashes of color and some pieces from kitenge and kikoy fabrics.
  • I’m wearing heels less often unless they’re wedges. I still break them out for a night out…but it depends on where we’re going. Cobblestone, gravel, lawns, and uneven sidewalk are not friends to heels.
  • Layering, while always needed in NY, is now an absolute must. The temperature severely drops when the sun goes down.
  • Because I’m no longer going into an office, I need and have fewer dressy everyday clothes. I’m more casual and…well…even doing a bit of athleisure.
  • Actually, let me append to that last bullet. I’m doing a lot more athleisure.
  • Having dogs and going to Karura Forest almost everyday, I have a set mini-wardrobe I refer to as my Karura Wear. That’s sort of a mix of old jeans, clothes for safari, and old gym clothing.
  • While I don’t need as much formal office wear, I do need more formal wear. Ball gowns are now part of my closet.
  • Last note, I’ve discovered what is my most valued (read: I need tons of these) item: the long-sleeve t-shirt. It’s the most useful garment for me in Nairobi. I find myself wearing this 80 percent of the time.

Are you an expat in Nairobi or elsewhere? Has your style changed at all? I’d love to hear from others.


Review: Off the Rocks

After much anticipation…okay, maybe it was just me…Off the Rocks, the oyster bar at Village Market, has opened! I was its first customer. Okay, I am obsessed with oysters and might have been checking in to see if it was open several times a week.

Located in the new food court area of Village Market, is the first eatery on the left as you enter. Nicely set up with high tables as well as the bar, and with charging outlets around the bar panel, the bar is also really cute and works well for people who might want to stop in on the go. Who does that? Well, I do. So, there you go.

The oysters, from the Indian Ocean Oyster Company, are fresh and delicious. The wine options are great. They also offer artisanal gin made in Kenya, but I haven’t tried it yet.

The service is great and the people working the bar know what they’re doing.

Yes, it’s in a mall, like so many things in Kenya. Yes, it’s a food court. But, it’s a nice food court and you won’t feel like you’re in a mall when you’re sitting there. It’s really nice experience all around.

Definitely go try it! Maybe you’ll see me there.


Waiting for oysters

Elephants coming back for the day

Melania’s Visit to DSWT

Along with many others, I was absolutely horrified to see Melania Trump visting the elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). Sure, the elephant orphanage is popular place for people to visit. However, it was entirely inappropriate for Melania to be allowed entry.

This has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do animal welfare and conservation. Her husband lifted the ban on importing animal trophies. Her stepsons are trophy hunters who have posed with their kills, including an elephant. How could such a person be allowed to visit?

Donald Trump Jr. next to the elephant he killed, holding its tail.

Donald Trump Jr. next to the elephant he killed, holding its tail.

That question remains, but it should be directed to the Kenyan government as it was its decision. DSWT did not invite Melania. They had no say in the visit. They were told to expect a VIP but not told who it would be until very close to the date. Since the government of Kenya owns all the elephants in Kenya, DSWT was not in a position to decline. And thus, she visited.

Perhaps the First Lady of Kenya, who hosted Melania’s visit, hoped to educate Melania. I’m sure the intent was good. However, given what we have seen of Melania as well as the fact that she did not publicly speak out for animal conservation, I’m also sure it fell on deaf ears.

So that’s what happened.

Thank you to Angela Sheldrick for personally contacting me to explain the situation.

Review: Carnivore

I have been in Nairobi for over three years and I only just went to Carnivore. Why did I wait so long? There are a few reasons. First, it’s far from me. Second, I heard that the food was no longer good. Finally, I heard that it was played out and no longer a fun experience.

What I heard was wrong. Yes, it’s far, but it’s worth the trip. The food is very good! And the experience was great!

Yes, it’s expanded from the days that J. and his family would go there. But it’s not some kind of enormous Disneyland of food. It’s a nice, casual, churrascaria-type restaurant. (They do have vegetarian options.)

There is some “game” meat like antelope, crocodile, and ostrich. There is also plenty of chicken and beef and pork. There were also ox balls, which I have discovered to be delicious.

In addition to the great food, the setting was nice and the service was great. Oh, and their wine list is pretty good. I had a fantastic time there with friends who were visiting from home. Yes, they enjoyed it too.

I’m not going to wait another three years to go back!

WORLD RABIES DAY: Educating the future of this country

Today is World Rabies Day and I want to share important message from TNR Trust on rabies and how it can be prevented.

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TNR Trust Karura Education Children Event

Going with the theme for this year’s World Rabies Day that is “Share the Message, Save a Life.” on 21st September, 2018, TNR Trust in collaboration with Friends of Karura held a half day Kids Event at Karura Forest. The intention of the event was to sensitize school children of the age of 6 years to 14 years old children on the subject rabies. It should be noted 2,000 Kenyans die every year because of rabies

For the event to be more relevant and factual, we invited Fifth Year Veterinary students from the University of Nairobi who took through the children on that particular subject. And a lot of questions came out for the speaker to answer during Q&A time.

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It will be important to note some of the interesting questions the students had concerning rabies. The questions included:

  1. Can an infected dog…

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