Month: October 2015

Hash House Harrier Sign

Top Five Things I’ve Learned So Far

It’s been almost three months. What have a I learned? Well, I’ve learned a hell of a lot. Here are the top five, the key bits that have had the most impact on my life here. 5. Time is relative. It’s not quite like island time in the Caribbean, but time in Kenya is strange. Most things don’t happen on time. There area many delays and many reasons for the delays. Patience is crucial, yet you also need to need stay on top of people otherwise nothing will get done. And yet…time has been flying since I got here. 4. Having an inverter or back up generator doesn’t mean you’ll never lose power. It just means that some outlets will not lose power. The other day, power was out for a long time. I had internet access but I couldn’t use the stove. 3. Recycling isn’t common here. As a result, I am finding as many ways as I can to reuse. I’m also figuring out how to still recycle. There are places where you …

Settling In

For about two months before our move, everything was a mess. We were packing. We were getting rid of some things and acquiring other things. Our life was exploded inside our one bedroom apartment. (860+ square feet, 1.5 bath, washer/dryer in the unit, UES Manhattan if anyone is interested!) Then we moved here, and for the first couple months we were in temporary housing. Now we are moved into our new place. Our shipment container arrived. Our appliances have been delivered and installed. We can settle into normal life again! We’re still unpacking and getting everything organized. But soon, we’ll be able to fully enjoy all this space. I’m excited to stock up a new (big!) kitchen, to have enough room to try my hand at brewing kombucha (Thank you Mama Mgeni!), and to figure out how to source my various health food needs. FYI, I have learned that the Healthy U shop at the Sarit Centre has a lot of what I want, e.g. apple cider vineger, matcha tea, and nutritional yeast. I’ll have a …

Gardens Apartments

I can now give a proper review for Gardens Apartments. (I wrote about it a little when we moved in.) We stayed there for our first two months in Nairobi (after a few days at The Tribe Hotel). All in all, it was a good experience. The decor is 80s chic and not really my style. But the furnishings were comfortable and in good condition. In fact, while the style is 80s, the furniture seemed pretty new. The overall apartment was in good condition too. They have a gym, but not everything in the gym works. They could improve things by removing the broken equipment (spin bike and two stepper-type things). They should also repair the elliptical trainer so that it’s more stable. If they did that, the gym would be fully working and more spacious. They also have a pool, which is in decent shape and cleaned daily. I didn’t use it because we were there for the tail end of winter and it was just a touch too cold to go for a …

Finding Work Abroad

When we moved to Nairobi this past August is was for my husband’s career. His job change obviously resulted in a life change for both of us. It was a decision we made together, and it depended upon my having opportunities as well. I am happy to say that my own career is on track as I have recently accepted a job offer here. While people congratulated me, they also expressed amazement at how seemingly fast and easily I found employment. That reaction is what prompted me to write this post. In truth, it was not fast nor easy. It took several months and a great deal of effort. If you are looking to work abroad, then you should be prepared to do a number of things. Start Early You should start your research before you move, even before you’re sure you will move. Any job search takes time. When it’s tied to a relocation, it takes even more time. I started before I was even sure we were going to move. I looked into what kinds …