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It’s Expats and Pets Awareness Week

“This week we would like to focus on the many expats that live in Kenya (and other countries) who are considering to get a pet or who have pet(s).”

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via TNR Trust: Expat and Pets Awareness Week

Review: Emporer Divers & MY Jessica

In late May we did a dive trip to the Red Sea. Yes, we did this last year. This time, instead of Sudan, we embarked from Egypt. We were meant to my on the MY Elite, run by Emperor Divers. However, that boat had an accident on a reef. So, we were juggled onto the MY Jessica, run by a different dive company. This review is partly for Emperor Divers and partly for the boat and its crew.

The boat itself was fine. It wasn’t amazing, but it was nice enough. I liked our room, which had a double bed plus a single, which we used for camera gear. I also liked that the bathroom was good size for a live aboard.


The dive deck felt a little tight, but then they always do. The platform for diving off the boat was spacious and had one rinse tank, which was meant to be only for cameras but various masks found their way in there. What I really liked were the little cubbies, each of which had an outlet for charging cameras, GoPros, etc.


The rest of the boat was pretty nice with comfortable outdoor decks, inside saloon, and dining area.


Nobody danced on the pole. No clear heels on this boat!


The crew was really good. They were helpful, but good at backing off you wanted some space. They were friendly and a lot of fun.


The dive masters from Emperor were fantastic. Musti and Saad were great leaders. They knew the sites well and managed the boat really well—when you consider that they had just met the crew, it’s really amazing how well it all worked.

Last but not least, the chef (from Emperor) was so wonderful. He cooked up the most delicious meals. Dive boats tend to have good food (or at least not bad food) but this was restaurant quality food. His cooking was the star of the boat!

Would I go on the MY Jessica again? Yeah, probably. Would I dive with Emperor again? Absolutely.

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:

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 that I can’t for one simple reason: the Nairobi-based groups. They are so helpful to me. I rely on them on a weekly basis. If there was another way to get the information I need, I would drop Facebook in a heartbeat. However, I need to stay for the groups.

I know there are other expats who are marginally holding on to Facebook for the same reason. There is not yet (yet being the key word) an alternative to the useful expat Facebook groups. For some other expats, Facebook is the only way they can really keep in touch with loved ones back home.

I am no longer able to stay in touch as easily. I can’t easily get a glimpse of the daily life and life events of a good number of friends on a daily basis. However, I was and still am willing to lose that for the sake of America.

In the meantime, friends know how to contact me directly. I know how to contact them. That will be enough, and quite possibly much more meaningful.


Tribal Gallery

While J.’s sister was visiting, we checked out the Tribal Gallery. Right on Loresho Ridge Road, the gallery is a little hard to find. Look for the green gate next to house number 161 and a sign that says TG.

The gallery has some art, but mostly it’s furniture. If you’re in the market for some really nice dhow wood pieces, antiques, or home accents, you’ll want to check out the gallery. If you want something that’s more about art, I would suggest One Off.

Not in the market for furniture, although we both bought some decorative pieces, our visit was short. Still, we enjoyed ourselves.

Photography is not allowed in the gallery, hence the only shot is the one I snuck on the lower level and used for the featured photo.

To contact Tribal:

Telephone: +254 (0)7138 25250
Email: or

Dog Licenses Obtained!

I’ve written about the saga of getting a dog license in Nairobi. I’ve also written about the various hurdles in terms of not having to pay transport fees. I’m happy to report I have finally gotten licenses for both Maddie and Oreo.

After emails, texts, calls, and a written letter, the Director of Veterinary Services paid the transport fees himself for the home inspection. (Sometimes it pays to be the crazy lady who will not go away.) After the inspection, I got a call from the very nice man processing the licenses.

I went to the Pangani City Council building…also known as the dog pound since that’s what it is. Getting there is tricky. You go onto Professor Wangari Maathai Road (formerly known as Forest Road. Then, just as you get to Jubliee House, turn off to the side. There is a dirt road just before Jubilee House. (The guards at Jubilee House can direct you.) Follow that road, which the government really ought to tarmac and put up signage, for a few meters. Go all the way to the parking lot (you’ll pass a house on the right).

There is a building with a faint sign that indicates it’s a city council building. Go in as the door is open. It looks like a kennel, because it is. But, this is where the office is. Go down about halfway and then turn right. The office is on the right.

That’s where you get your license.

The man there, again he was super nice, took my payment and processed the licenses very quickly. He has a HUGE stack of licenses ready to be processed and picked up. I imagine a lot of people don’t know their licenses are ready. If you applied, give them a call to see if you can go pick yours up.

This, even with having to figure out how to find the location, was the easiest part of the process. It was quite an ordeal. But, Oreo and Maddie are legal and all set up. And that makes me very happy.