Month: April 2017

Easter Weekend

J. has been traveling almost nonstop for work. I’ve been holding down the fort on my own in the meantime. We both needed a break. Thankfully, we had the four day weekend from Good Friday through Easter Weekend. We escaped to Navaisha! We got up early and beat the traffic out of Nairobi and enjoyed the drive along the Rift Valley escarpment. We arrived at Olerai House (review to come soon) a bit before lunch. Then, we let the relaxing begin! We did not do much, and that was the point. We spent most of our time lazing about, napping, reading, playing video games (J.), and knitting (me). All this was done outside in the presence of zebras and giraffe strolling by, sometimes quite close! We also some some hippo. They come up from the lake at night to feed. We saw one right outside our cottage Friday night. Sunday we saw one come up in the early evening. An adolescent male, in bad shape, came right up outside another cottage and happily munched away. …

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The Garden Blooms

The gardening is going really well. What can I say? Everything grows in Kenya! I have written prior posts about trying my hand at not killing plants and about how I stepped things up after moving to the new house. I am happy to report that the gardening efforts are literally bearing fruit. There are two types of passion fruit growing and bearing fruit that is already starting to ripen. There are a couple small orange trees that need more time but in another year should bear fruit. There’s a mango tree (also small) that should start to produce fruit by the end of this year. And I didn’t kill any of these! Yay! In addition, the vegetables are coming along quite nicely. It’s still early, but it’s going well. I am very hopeful. In addition to the vegetables and fruit, the flowers are doing very well. The roses and hydrangeas are doing great and survived the drought. There are tons of other flowers as well.     The succulents are also doing really great. …

Dog Decisions

A while back I posted about how J. and I decided to not have a dog while in Kenya. We were still grieving for our last dog. We were also unsure about giving a dog a good life while living here. We are now rethinking some of that. What changed our mind? To be clear, we haven’t made the decision yet. We are still thinking about it. But, these are the factors that are making us consider sharing our life with a dog again. There are more services than we thought It turns out that there are indeed a lot of services for dogs. There are great groomers and dog spas and excellent boarders. We just hadn’t known of them…which leads to the next factor. We met good dog owners We didn’t think there was much in the way of services because many of the people we knew with dogs didn’t use them. That had nothing to do with Kenya but rather the quality of the owners. These were the dogs we felt sorry for… …we …

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Working While Abroad

I’m still taking a bit of a break from work. During this time I’m thinking about how I work and would like to work. One aspect of work that keeps coming to mind is that I am very lucky that my career is portable. I can work anywhere with an internet connection, which is easy in Nairobi. Because of this, I don’t have to give put my career on hold due to geography. There are people who think that you have to be in the city that your main office is in to have a successful career. This is not the case for many professions, certainly not the case for a user experience designer. I’ve worked successfully with teams spread out all over the world, even before moving to Nairobi. I wrote about this is a recent piece on Medium and shared the tactics that worked for me. If you’re interested, you can read the article. If you have experience in this, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear how other people …

Trying New Things: #2 AWA

I want to try new things. I want to meet more people, make more friends, and be more social. So, I tried the American Women’s Association. They meet once a month at the Tribe Hotel in Gigiri. They hold coffees once a month. They also plan various outings. In addition, they support a lot of great causes in Kenya. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me. The speaker was fantastic. The women were nice. But…I just didn’t have much in common with them. I also got hit up right away to serve as a board member (which I declined). It was worth trying. Now, just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean it’s not for you. If you’re in Nairobi—and by the way, the group is open to all women, not just Americans—you should check it out. Like I said, it’s worth trying.