All posts filed under: Nairobi

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 …

One Off Art Gallery

I discovered the One Off Art Gallery while taking obedience classes with Oreo. The gallery is on beautiful grounds with an arena where Custom Made K9 holds classes. After going every week for training and getting a small glimpse of some really lovely art, I wanted to go check it out properly. I am so glad I did. The art is amazing and there is a range of items. You’ll find large pieces, smaller pieces, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and a range of prices as well. If you are interested in East African art, especially from Kenyan artists, you need to go to One Off. One off was started in 1994 (with a break from 2000-2009) by Carol Lees. The gallery  represents Kenyan artists (many of whom are represented exclusively by One Off) as well as some artists from Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Rwanda. This is real art—serious pieces and not touristy souvenirs. Again, there is a range in prices so don’t be scared of not finding any affordable art. Here are a few photos to …

Mexican Restaurants Part 2: Mercado

I wrote about Fonda a couple weeks ago. This week, I’m going to tell you about Mercado. Mercado is another Mexican place in Nairobi. Located in Westlands, in the Kenrail Towers (next to the Nine West building), this is the better of the Mexican options. Don’t get me wrong, Fonda is good. Mercado just happens to be better. Why is it better? Overall, Mercado is a step above. The atmosphere is nice. The service is very good. The menu is more robust. Most important, the food is excellent as are the margaritas. How did Mercado come about? Basically, a pair of Kenyan brothers went to Mexico and learned how to make the cuisine. They returned home and decided to share the culinary experience. Is this the best Mexican food I’ve ever had? Oh, hell no! But, it’s decent. It certainly goes beyond fulfilling a craving as far as quality and authenticity. This will be our go-to place when we feel like Mexican. If you want to check out Mercado for yourself: +254 700 245 795 …