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Life in a Sh*thole Country

It gets more and more difficult to be an American abroad. The orange one will not shut up and his words grow more offensive every day. It’s hard to protest from outside the U.S., but I’m doing what I can. I posted on Twitter. I posted on Instagram. I shared to FaceBook (although that is largely preaching to the choir). Now, I’m writing this post. Kenya—all of Africa actually—falls under the fake-bake-bad-dye-job’s definition of “shithole country.” Guess what. It’s amazing here. I love it in Kenya and I never want to leave. Guess what else. America’s shithole president and his supporting political party are turning America into a shithole, and fewer people want to visit let alone live there. Who wants to go to a racist land where you run the risk of getting shot just by going to see a movie? Why would anyone want to visit a place where women’s rights are being stripped away while white supremacists and rapists are applauded? I don’t even want to visit home. I’ll happily stay abroad …

There Is No Petco In Kenya

Oreo is a smart dog. Oreo is an active dog. Oreo is a young dog. A dog like Oreo needs to stay busy. Back in New York, this would mean lots of play, toys, and a vast assortment of canine enrichment contraptions for puzzles and games and feeding. There is no Petco in Kenya. There is no place to buy such things. We have to come up with our own schemes. It takes some imagination, some research, and some dedication. But, it is worth it. Your dog will be happier and you will be happier. Here are some of the ideas, tips, and tricks that I’ve come up with thus far: Hunting for dinner in the garden by hiding her kibble around the yard and walking over to the piles of food. I had a feeding toy built Making a snufflemat Using toilet paper and paper towel rolls for hiding food or making it an obstacle for getting to food Using cardboard boxes to the same effect Having friends bring in Kong feeders because Kongs …

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TNR Trust Nairobi

I have been meaning to write a post about TNR Trust Nairobi for quite some time. I wanted to go to the location where they have some dogs who need homes to take some photos, but timing has yet to work out. Since, finding homes for animals isn’t their primary mission, and since it’s important to get word out about TNR, I’m writing this post without adorable pictures of pups. After reading a bit about all the good work this organization does, I’m sure you’ll forgive the lack of photos. What is TNR Trust and what do they do? TNR (which stands for Trap, Neuter, and Release) is a non-profit, Kenyan Registered Trust. They recently turned two, as they got their official documentation on December 2, 2015. At the time of this post, they do not have any paid staff and are volunteer only. They rely strictly on donors and grants. What does TNR do? TNR works with local communities to improve animal and pet welfare, stabilize and control dog/cat populations in Kenya, and provide education …

Mexican Restaurants Part 1: Fonda

Recently, three new Mexican restaurants popped up in Nairobi. We went from zero to three in just a few months. It’s a bit loco and J. and I, missing latin food, are keen to check them all out. J. went to one of the places in the Two Rivers Mall. I don’t remember the name. It’s fast food-ish…he described it as kind of like Chipotle back in the U.S. So there is that, if you’re in Two Rivers and crave a taco. I’m counting it as Mexican because it exists. However, I’m not really all that interested in fast food. Another is Mercado in Westlands. We haven’t been there yet but want to check it out. So far, I’ve head good reviews. The one we have gone to is Fonda NBO in the Rosslyn Riveria Mall. I’ve been twice. Once with friends who live near there (and who I met through this blog!) and once on my own for lunch. It’s decent. I’d say it’s on par with Mexican food in New York. Here’s the thing, …