Month: September 2015

Overdoing it a bit…

In addition to being a big week, last week was also a fun week. We met a French couple for dinner at Soi, a lovely Thai restaurant at Dusit. They’ve been here slightly longer than us. It was nice to swap stories, tell each other what we’ve each figured out, and not feel like babes in the woods. Did I mention that the food at Soi is amazing? Thursday we were invited to a happy hour at the Canadian High Commission. We thought we’d go for an hour. Right. We stayed quite a while.We met some people, ate poutine, drank, and were very merry. It was a lot fun – Canadians know how to party. Friday morning resulted in sort of a collected hangover. The whole week caught up to me. I don’t think I can do another rough week. Lesson learned: When in Nairobi, spread it out. Somehow that didn’t stop us from trying out a restaurant on Saturday night – About Thyme. The restaurant has a beautiful setting and has amazing food. Service …

View from the house

I have a house in Africa…

Last week was a big one! We signed the lease on a house. It’s lovely townhouse in Kitisuru and I can’t wait to move in! After city living for 20 years – actually more than that since I went to college in a city – it’s nice to be in the country. (Even though it’s a townhouse, it’s not a suburban setting. It’s much more rural, as you can see from the view above.) I won’t go too much into the house itself other than it’s a four bedroom townhouse in a very well protected gated community. And, we picked Kitisuru as we wanted a place to the north of the city so that it would be near work for both of us (not that I have started working yet). Being in the Blue Zone was key for us. Here are some tips on house hunting based on my limited experience: Think about travel time. Traffic in Nairobi is horrendous. Find a place that allows for the easiest commute. Think about your needs. For us, a townhouse …

But what about my hair?

There were many important things to figure out in Nairobi. Where would we live? Where can we find good doctors? Where do we buy a car? And, who is going to do my hair? I was quite worried about that last one. I even had my hair guy from New York get me a tube of color so I could do my own roots if it came down to that. I wanted to be prepared. I did a lot of research before moving here. From what I could gather, Salon Malibu seemed like it would be my best bet. So, when the time came, I made an appointment. The big “test” was yesterday. I am happy to report that they did a great job with my color and trimming my hair. Kavita at the salon totally got me, totally got my hair, and totally knew that I needed a dark to medium brown with an ash base. (Having an ash base avoids getting any red tones. A good colorist will know this.) She did an …

Figuring Out Transportation

In New York, I walked everywhere or took the subway. You can’t do that in Nairobi. There really aren’t many places you can walk to (at least not where I am), and, even if you do, you need to be careful and not have a regular schedule or route. There are matatus but I am not brave enough to take those. So, I rely on a driver and taxi cabs. The guy I use as a driver is really good. He’s a great driver and he knows his way around the city. But, he’s getting expensive to use all the time. So, I am exploring the taxi options Right now, I’m loving Easy Taxi. It’s like Über, but I kind of like it better. It’s a simple metered fare and the drivers I’ve had so far have been really good. (Über is in Nairobi now but I haven’t tried it yet.) I found that I do not like JimCab. The number to call them is often busy. One driver that I had didn’t really know his way around. Luckily, …

Juniper

A Fun Night Out

Not all of this past weekend was bad. We had a very fun night out on Friday. We met up with some of J.’s colleagues and some of their friends. It wound up being a rather eclectic group from all over the world, all walks of life, and different careers. Best part: several of them are also divers! We had dinner at Furusato, a Japanese restaurant in Westlands. J. and I shared a sashimi boat. The food was excellent and the service too, for the most part. The only part I didn’t like was that, when were waiting for others to arrive, a maître d’ came over and asked J. if he’d like a drink. He literally leaned around me to ask, totally ignoring me. I let that go this time. Next time he’s not getting off easy. If you go, watch out for the sexist maître d’. After dinner, we headed over to Juniper, a bar near ABC Place (another shopping center). It was fun, had good music, and wasn’t too crowded. Fridays are apparently the more tame night. On Saturdays …