Month: January 2017

Christmas Morning Bike Ride

Everyone does the holidays differently. We all have our own traditions. J. and I prefer experiences over presents. Christmas 2015, our morning was spent hiking along Mount Kenya. This past Christmas, we were in Nakuru and Christmas morning was spent biking along the Soysambu Conservancy. It was a beautiful day and a really fun ride. Here is some video from our ride. Bike Ride in Soysambu from curriedpotato on Vimeo.

Review: Mbweha Camp

For our Christmas holiday we chose to stay at the Mbweha Camp. The camp borders against Lake Nakuru National Park, so you are right by the park but not in it (read: park fees only for when you go to the park). We liked that it was outside of the park because we only wanted to do a game drive one day. We opted to do that on Christmas Eve during the day. We went with one of the drivers from the camp and had a wonderful time. More on that in a later post. Christmas day we went for a guided bike ride around the Soysambu Conservancy, where the camp is located. The mountain bikes were in pretty good condition and our guide was a professional cyclist. It was a great way to spend Christmas morning. If you want to do things other than a game drive, I really recommend staying at Mwbeha. They can accommodate a ton of activities in or out of the park. The camp itself is a small camp with handful …

Holiday Recap

In 2015 we did a Christmas long weekend in Nanyuki. We liked doing that so much that we did a similar long weekend this past Christmas. This time, we decided to go to Nakuru. It was a mostly pleasant three hour drive from Nairobi (the only snag was the traffic as we got close to Nakuru town). We spent three nights at the Mbweha Camp (review to come soon), which was lovely. While there, we spent a day at Nakuru National Park, one morning biking around the Soysambu Conservancy (you really can’t beat riding along with zebras!), and lots of relaxing. It was a great way to spend Christmas. We really love spending Christmas in Kenya and we plan to keep doing so for as long as we live here. It’s become our holiday tradition and I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas. We’re thinking that for Christmas this year we’ll go spend a week in Lamu. I’m curious about other expats. Do you go home? If you don’t, do you miss going …

Independent Consulting

Late last year, I wrote a piece on Medium about being an independent consultant. It’s something people don’t understand. Often, they think you’re not working or are in between jobs. They don’t get that it’s a choice. It’s even less understood when you’re living abroad. I don’t have an employer (I have clients). Thus, there are people who think I don’t work. After all, I just followed my spouse right? Also, I am working less (by choice). So, that means I no longer have a career. I just grab the pieces I can, right? The attitudes are irritating and they are also flat out wrong. Some of this misperception comes from the idea that one spouse must be “trailing” and no longer has a career. But, a lot of the misperception is rooted in core fallacies about consulting (or freelancing, or contracting or whatever you want to call it) which I addressed in my Medium post. If you are interested, you can read the article: Myths of Independent Consulting.

3 Most Influential Books for Me in 2016

In a prior post, I wrote about wanting to read more about Africa and more books by African authors. I did just that, and those three books that delved into that area proved to be the three most influential for me. As you can see from the diagram above, this came about in three different ways: An American author writing about Africa (Kenya mostly) An African author writing about Africa (South Africa) An African author writing about America (mostly but also about Nigeria) A Primate’s Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa A Primate’s Memoir by Robert M. Sapolsky is about his research on the savannah baboons of Kenya. The book is often hilarious, sometimes sad, and very historical. It gave me a good overview of Kenyan history and politics and made me wanting to learn more. I highly recommend it for anyone living in Kenya. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is about his growing up during the final days of apartheid and the early …