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In The Karura Forest

The Last Word

It’s time to close out this blog. I’ve been posting less and less. I don’t have much to say anymore. I just live here now. It’s still an adventure, but not in a way that requires me to blog about it. I’ve spent nearly four years blogging about my move to and life in Nairobi. I reached far more people than I could have ever imagined. I’ve been able to help a large number of people who have moved to Nairobi. I’ve even made some some friends through this blog. Thank you to everyone who has read and/or followed this blog. It’s been a lot fun. But now it’s time to put this aside. This site will remain up until June. After that I will take it down.

Good News for Dogs in Karura!

As you know, the cookies and I like to go to Karura Forest. We love to walk the many trails and also hang out with friends in the dog off-leash area. I’m very happy to report that the off-leash area in the Sigiria Block of Karura is now a bicycle zone! Don’t worry. There are plenty of other places for mountain bikers. In fact, the good people at Karura are setting up more bike trails, even some specialty ones for serious mountain bikers. There’s room for us all in Karura. And now, dogs can play safely in their area without fear of getting run over by a zooming cyclist.


This isn’t the most interesting post for most people. But, it’s fun and important for me and for Maddie so I’m sharing! We are doing agility training! Maddie really loves it. I think she partly likes it because she finds it fun and stimulating. I must admit that part of her love has to do with the fact that she will do anything for sausage. (High value treats are used for agility.) Oreo is not so into it. I think she thinks it’s beneath her. She can do some of it (we practice at home). However, she made her disdain quite clear. So, when Maddie and I go to agility, J. takes Oreo for a run in Karura Forest. So, this is a newish thing in our family life. It’s worth sharing. Afterall, expat life isn’t all about galas and game drives. We have some happily mundane things too.

Style Evolution

Our sense of style changes over time. We develop it as we get older. Life events like parenthood (human or animal kids), job changes, and such affect it. And in the case of the expat, moving to a new place also changes it. Maybe it’s a different culture or climate. Maybe it’s both. For me, for the most part, my style is the same. But I’ve noticed some changes: I’m still mostly wearing black and gray and otherwise monochrome. But, I have some splashes of color and some pieces from kitenge and kikoy fabrics. I’m wearing heels less often unless they’re wedges. I still break them out for a night out…but it depends on where we’re going. Cobblestone, gravel, lawns, and uneven sidewalk are not friends to heels. Layering, while always needed in NY, is now an absolute must. The temperature severely drops when the sun goes down. Because I’m no longer going into an office, I need and have fewer dressy everyday clothes. I’m more casual and…well…even doing a bit of athleisure. Actually, let …

Elephants coming back for the day

Melania’s Visit to DSWT

Along with many others, I was absolutely horrified to see Melania Trump visting the elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). Sure, the elephant orphanage is popular place for people to visit. However, it was entirely inappropriate for Melania to be allowed entry. This has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do animal welfare and conservation. Her husband lifted the ban on importing animal trophies. Her stepsons are trophy hunters who have posed with their kills, including an elephant. How could such a person be allowed to visit? That question remains, but it should be directed to the Kenyan government as it was its decision. DSWT did not invite Melania. They had no say in the visit. They were told to expect a VIP but not told who it would be until very close to the date. Since the government of Kenya owns all the elephants in Kenya, DSWT was not in a position to decline. And thus, she visited. Perhaps the First Lady of Kenya, who hosted Melania’s visit, hoped …