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Kazuri Beads & Pottery

Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili. Kazuri Beads and Pottery is a bead and pottery company based in Karen (with several shops in Nairobi). They make amazing ceramic products that they sell locally as well as internationally. They started out in 1975 with the founder and two single mothers. The business grew as they discovered there were many other women in villages around Nairobi who needed employment. Today, they employ over 340 people (mostly women). I was intrigued by their story so I went to check out their main shop and factory, which is located on what used to be part of Karen Blixen’s estate. I got there in the morning and was the first “tourist” to arrive, so I got a personal tour! Here is some video from that tour: It was great to see everything from how they prep the clay (which they get from Mount Kenya), to how they make the pottery and how they make each bead. I should have taken notes so I could describe every detail. Instead, I …

Review: Brioche

Several weeks ago we went to the launch of Brioche, a little cafe tucked in the back of The Alchemist. It’s a cute place with a great brunch menu. I highly recommend it. J. and I both had the shakshuka and it was amazing. If Westlands is a bit far for you, they also have a location in Karen. Yes…this is a short post. There isn’t much to say other than you should get yourself there NOW and eat!  

How to deal with KPLC when you have an issue

KPLC, also known an Kenya Power, is the national Kenyan electric power company. The company owns and operates most of the electricity transmission and distribution system in the country. (The Government has a controlling stake at 50.1% private investors have 49.9%.) When you’re dealing with a power outage, brown out, or other issue, they are absolutely terrible. I have not discovered any ways to make dealing with them any less painful. However, I have found a way to get them to act a bit faster. First, call right away, as soon as you notice the problem. Don’t expect your neighbor to do it. Don’t assume anyone else called it in or that the issue will resolve soon. Call them ASAP. Second, start with your account number. Then you can tell them the issue. Giving them your account number will let them know exactly where the problem is. Third, tell them it’s your whole area. Most likely, it’s not only your house, so it’s not a lie. Also, they won’t do a thing if you tell …

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 …