Month: July 2016

The Treehouse


Many moons ago, teenaged J. would go out to the Toonna Tree, a club on Museum Hill in Nairobi. The Toonna Tree became the Treehouse. The Treehouse closed in 2012. Now, it’s back. We went to the grand opening a few weeks ago. Opening night pulled in a large crowd, and a fun one. The music was good and they had some good bands for opening night. They even had Sauti Sol, a popular Kenyan band, as the main act. For J., it was a trip down memory lane. For me, it was a fun night out. It’s a great club and I recommend checking it out. There’s just one catch: the parking lot area. It’s dark and big with lots of hiding places. Be careful as you leave. Don’t rely on finding a cab. Make sure to use a driver you know and trust. In the club, it’s safe. But that parking lot is not a good place to be waiting or walking around. Here are some pictures from that night.  


A Trip to the Kitengela Studio

The other weekend we took a trip out to the Kitengela Hot Glass Studio out in Ongata Rongai. I had been wanting to go for a while and I had a credit for the store. So, we filled up the tank (it’s on the other side of town from us and then about 45 minutes outside of Nairobi city limits) and braced ourselves. Why brace ourselves? It’s a rough road. Once you pass Nazarene University, the road is no longer paved. It is really bumpy. I should note that even some of the paved part are bumpy because of potholes. I’m happy to say that it’s worth the drive, as long as you have a 4×4 with a high clearance off the ground. Don’t take a sedan. Don’t take a car that sits low. Trust me on this. I am glad we took the Tuna. Once there, we looked around the shop. Kitengela also has shops in The Village Market, the mall at Junction, and one near The Hub in Karen. But I believe the shop …

Posts for The Testicular Cancer Foundation

The Testicular Cancer Foundation provides education and support for cancer patients and their families. They recently started a new blog and requested some guest writers. With J.’s approval, I wrote a series of posts from a caregiver’s point of view. I wrote openly and honestly. It was harder to do than I thought it would be. A lot of the emotions I felt at the time of my husband’s diagnosis and surgeries all came rushing back. It was still a good thing do—I remember how helpful any bit of caregiver information was for me. I hope that what I shared can be helpful for someone else. If you’re interested, you can read the series. If you know someone going through this form of cancer or someone who is a caregiver, please pass this along. Here is the series of posts: The Initial Diagnosis Deciding on a Course of Treatment The Surgery (contains some graphic images) The Recovery Period (contains a slightly less graphic image) Adjusting to the New Normal Another Life Change Testicular cancer is considered a …

Daisy Pug

Dog Days & Decisions

I’ve gone back and forth the last six months or so about whether to get a dog while we’re in Kenya. My heart yearns to share my life with a dog again—it really does feel as though something is missing. However, I know I’m not emotionally ready and neither is J. But, maybe someday? Or, maybe not. We’ve discussed it a few times. J. has also gone back and forth on this, but he came to his conclusion a while back. I’ve now come to the same conclusion: we won’t get a dog while we are in Kenya. The reason has nothing to do with being in Kenya. You can totally have a dog here and give that dog a wonderful life. In fact, many of our neighbors have dogs, which helps give us our canine fix. But, having a dog won’t work for us. It comes down to lifestyle. Yes, I am home more. Yes, I could play with the dog more. Yes, we have a housekeeper who can help with the dog when J. …

Diving in Diani

In a prior post I gave a review of the dive shop we used in Diani: Diving the Crab, an excellent dive shop. In this post I’ll review the diving itself. In short, really good but not the best conditions. We went off season and so the currents were strong, water a bit rough, and visibility was poor. There was a lot of algae in the water. There was a lot of surge. And, you know what? It was still pretty cool. The reef is very healthy. Coral is abundant. The marine life is spectacular. We saw mantis shrimps scurrying about (I’ve never seen them out of there hiding spots before). We saw about a dozen turtles (over only two dives). We saw an eel and we also saw a few rays. There is a lot to see there and we are most definitely going back when the diving season is in its prime. We didn’t take our usual camera gear but we did take a GoPro. It was our first time with the GoPro and, as …