Month: May 2017

I Used To Be Driven

Now, I’m driving. I’m taking the car a few days a week. I pretty much only need to hire a driver for one-off trips. This is a very new thing for me. I like it. I never really understood the sense of freedom people felt with having a car. Living in New York, why would I need one? It’s a maintenance. You have to garage it or move it every day (every other day?) because of street cleaning. It was a pain to have a car. Now, I’m loving it. I’m comfortable on the road. I still hate parking lots but I’m fine with them. I love being able to go where I want, when I want, without having to plan every single excursion. I’m all about the car. I even want us to get a second car. We don’t need one. I can drop off J. and pick him up from school work. It’s not necessary for us to have two vehicles. But, I want my own. Actually, I want the one we have now …

Town Hall

Last week I attended a town hall at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Nairobi. I’ve been to one of these town halls before so I had an idea of what to expect. There were announcements from Ambassador Godec and others and then there was a Q&A session. This town hall wasn’t as good as the last town hall I attended, but it was informative. Here are what I saw as the key points from the town hall: They are cautious about the upcoming elections. I discussed this with others and not everyone agrees with my take on this. That said, the advice is to: make sure to have enough food, water, and medications to last your family for a week. How much water is enough for a week “…depends on how clean or thirsty you want to be.” make sure your place of work and wherever your children are (school, daycare, etc.) has sufficient supplies for a week. keep hard currency (cash) in different denominations on hand.  Plans for direct flights between Kenya and the …

Less is More

I’ve been in Kenya for over a year-and-a-half and I’m getting used to life here. It feels like less of an adventure and more of…well…just where I live. There is less and less that I feel is worthy of a blog post. I think that’s coming across in the quality of my posts. My stats have gone down and I am not surprised. I mean, who really cares if I eat lunch? I’m not going to stop blogging. There are still some things worth writing about, such as trips and (although more rare) there are some tips and learnings worth sharing. I am going to cut down on how often I post. I’ll go down to once a week, on Wednesdays. If readership keeps dipping and/or if I’m struggling more to think of something to post, then it’ll be time to stop the blog. For now, it’ll just be less frequent. Hopefully this will result in improved quality with each post.

Trying New Things #3: Lunch

I haven’t regularly eaten a proper lunch since I was in my late 20s. What do I mean by this? I mean, I don’t know how to do it anymore and I need to learn how. Let me clarify. Looking back to before we moved to Nairobi (or when I worked in an office setting here), I was able to do a working lunch meeting, or break for lunch during a long meeting where food was catered into the office. I could, from time to time, go out for lunch during the work day. But, most days, while working, either at home or at the office, I just shoveled in food and went back to work. At the office, I ate at my desk. At home, I’d have lunch already prepped (if it wasn’t prepped I just wouldn’t eat) and I ate standing up in the kitchen and then go back to work. Now, I am able to go meet friends for lunch and I try to do so now and then. When I’m at …