All posts filed under: Nairobi

Driver’s License for Expats in Kenya

I did say I’d keep posting any new tips. Here are some relating to driver’s licenses. Getting a License Okay, here, I can’t help much. The U.N. did it for us. I don’t know the process if you are not with the U.N. or an embassy. If anyone reading knows this information, please feel free to add it in via the comments section. Renewing a Kenyan License This part I know and it’s super easy. For anyone who is a resident and has an Alien ID card, you can just go online to eCitizen web site and renew it online. You fill out the form online, pay online, and print your renewal slip which you tuck into your license. However, if you have diplomatic status (e.g. are with an embassy or the U.N.) then you can’t do this. You won’t have an Alien ID card. Your license will need to go through the Foreign Ministry first. BUT…and this made my entire year…you don’t have to go through the ssslllloooooooow process at the U.N. or at …

I Used To Be Driven

Now, I’m driving. I’m taking the car a few days a week. I pretty much only need to hire a driver for one-off trips. This is a very new thing for me. I like it. I never really understood the sense of freedom people felt with having a car. Living in New York, why would I need one? It’s a maintenance. You have to garage it or move it every day (every other day?) because of street cleaning. It was a pain to have a car. Now, I’m loving it. I’m comfortable on the road. I still hate parking lots but I’m fine with them. I love being able to go where I want, when I want, without having to plan every single excursion. I’m all about the car. I even want us to get a second car. We don’t need one. I can drop off J. and pick him up from school work. It’s not necessary for us to have two vehicles. But, I want my own. Actually, I want the one we have now …

Town Hall

Last week I attended a town hall at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Nairobi. I’ve been to one of these town halls before so I had an idea of what to expect. There were announcements from Ambassador Godec and others and then there was a Q&A session. This town hall wasn’t as good as the last town hall I attended, but it was informative. Here are what I saw as the key points from the town hall: They are cautious about the upcoming elections. I discussed this with others and not everyone agrees with my take on this. That said, the advice is to: make sure to have enough food, water, and medications to last your family for a week. How much water is enough for a week “…depends on how clean or thirsty you want to be.” make sure your place of work and wherever your children are (school, daycare, etc.) has sufficient supplies for a week. keep hard currency (cash) in different denominations on hand.  Plans for direct flights between Kenya and the …

Dog Decisions

A while back I posted about how J. and I decided to not have a dog while in Kenya. We were still grieving for our last dog. We were also unsure about giving a dog a good life while living here. We are now rethinking some of that. What changed our mind? To be clear, we haven’t made the decision yet. We are still thinking about it. But, these are the factors that are making us consider sharing our life with a dog again. There are more services than we thought It turns out that there are indeed a lot of services for dogs. There are great groomers and dog spas and excellent boarders. We just hadn’t known of them…which leads to the next factor. We met good dog owners We didn’t think there was much in the way of services because many of the people we knew with dogs didn’t use them. That had nothing to do with Kenya but rather the quality of the owners. These were the dogs we felt sorry for… …we …

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Working While Abroad

I’m still taking a bit of a break from work. During this time I’m thinking about how I work and would like to work. One aspect of work that keeps coming to mind is that I am very lucky that my career is portable. I can work anywhere with an internet connection, which is easy in Nairobi. Because of this, I don’t have to give put my career on hold due to geography. There are people who think that you have to be in the city that your main office is in to have a successful career. This is not the case for many professions, certainly not the case for a user experience designer. I’ve worked successfully with teams spread out all over the world, even before moving to Nairobi. I wrote about this is a recent piece on Medium and shared the tactics that worked for me. If you’re interested, you can read the article. If you have experience in this, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear how other people …