Month: May 2018

Facebook and the Expat…

…or at least this expat. After a lot of thinking, even more research, and then some more thinking, I decided to strip down Facebook. My reasons have to do not only with the security breaches, but also the fact that Facebook knew about these breaches, did nothing, and then tried to cover up. These articles very clearly sum up why I feel enough is enough with Facebook. Click through if you would like some detail: Hugo Rifkin’s article: Facebook and friends assume we are fools Yonatan Zunger’s article: Computer science faces an ethics crisis. The Cambridge Analytica scandal proves it. Jonathan Albright’s Medium post: The Graph API: Key Points in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Debacle What does stripping down mean? First, I turned off all apps and platforms and really made sure my privacy settings were locked down. Next, I let my friends on Facebook know I what I was doing, why, and how to contact me via other means. Then, I unfriended everyone. I would like to totally leave Facebook, however, I find …

Tribal Gallery

While J.’s sister was visiting, we checked out the Tribal Gallery. Right on Loresho Ridge Road, the gallery is a little hard to find. Look for the green gate next to house number 161 and a sign that says TG. The gallery has some art, but mostly it’s furniture. If you’re in the market for some really nice dhow wood pieces, antiques, or home accents, you’ll want to check out the gallery. If you want something that’s more about art, I would suggest One Off. Not in the market for furniture, although we both bought some decorative pieces, our visit was short. Still, we enjoyed ourselves. Photography is not allowed in the gallery, hence the only shot is the one I snuck on the lower level and used for the featured photo. To contact Tribal: Telephone: +254 (0)7138 25250 Email: louise.paterson@tribal-gallery.com or Email:john.paterson@tribal-gallery.com

Dog Licenses Obtained!

I’ve written about the saga of getting a dog license in Nairobi. I’ve also written about the various hurdles in terms of not having to pay transport fees. I’m happy to report I have finally gotten licenses for both Maddie and Oreo. After emails, texts, calls, and a written letter, the Director of Veterinary Services paid the transport fees himself for the home inspection. (Sometimes it pays to be the crazy lady who will not go away.) After the inspection, I got a call from the very nice man processing the licenses. I went to the Pangani City Council building…also known as the dog pound since that’s what it is. Getting there is tricky. You go onto Professor Wangari Maathai Road (formerly known as Forest Road. Then, just as you get to Jubliee House, turn off to the side. There is a dirt road just before Jubilee House. (The guards at Jubilee House can direct you.) Follow that road, which the government really ought to tarmac and put up signage, for a few meters. Go all the way …

More Mexican!

I mentioned in prior posts that there is a sudden surge in Mexican fare in Nairobi. First I tried Fonda. Then I tried Mercado. My latest Mexican adventure is the taco stand in the new food court area of Village Market. You go up to the first floor. Then you walk along to the new section. Then you walk all the way to the end. The new food court area is to the left and the taco stand is the first thing on the right side of the court/walkway. It’s simple fare: tacos, chips and salsa, and drinks. The tacos came in a number of options including chicken, fish, pork, and goat. The food was fresh and yummy. The service was fast and very nice. This is the perfect place for a light lunch or a quick Mexican fix!  

Review: Ranch House

On our way back from Malu Cottages in Naivasha, we stopped by Ranch House Bistro. We had heard a lot of good things about it and knew it was dog friendly. I’m happy to say that it totally lived up to the hype! The setting is gorgeous, with indoor and outdoor space overlooking Lake Naivasha. The service was excellent. And the food was really good. Ranch House is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm. To contact them: Their Facebook Page Phone:  0700 488475