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Garrett shows off his yellow belt punching skills.

(Rainy) Season’s Greetings!

The short rains of November and December are upon us, turning the red soil to paste. The rains mostly come at night and clear up by mid-morning. The rain comes down with an intensity that is strong but never stormy. When we arrived in August, the “football pitch” (soccer field) was so dry that the […]

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Linnea beaming with pride at her new hairstyle.

Pianos, Presidents, and Plaits

November just seems to be flying by. It is really hard to get a sense of time passing here – every day is sunny and warm (but not too hot) and a lot like the previous one. There is also a lot less commercialization here, so you don’t feel the anticipation of holidays like you […]

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Cape buffalo and a cattle egret. The park supports 30,000 buffalo.

Trip to Lake Nakuru, Rift Valley

  We took a trip north-west of Nairobi to Lake Nakuru, in the Great Rift Valley. It was great to get out of the city for the day and see some of Kenya’s spectacular landscapes. It did not disappoint. The drive to Lake Nakuru climbs through the highlands getting cooler, wetter, and greener. Finally the […]

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Garrett holds a chameleon which would soon become a snake's lunch.

Nairobi National Museum and Snake Park

A few weeks ago we took a trip to the Nairobi National Museum and Snake Park. The kids had a great time at the museum, which has a little bit of everything: animal mounts, traditional items from the tribes of Kenya, modern art, and the Hominid Skull Room. Adjacent to the Museum is the Snake […]

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A woman harvests tea near the Imenti Tea Factory.

Touring tea farms and celebrating culture

It has been an exciting couple of weeks here in Kenya. The big news is that Linnea was Pupil of the Week at her school and Garrett won his grade’s cross country race. Linnea did well in her race too, placing fourth. The public university professors’ strike finally ended, so I began classes last week. […]

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Garrett and Linnea helped wash some rugs.

Visits from a president, a mongoose, hedgehogs, and other stuff

Last week the president of Tanzania, His Excellency Hon. Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete, visited Kenyatta University as part of a three-day state visit to Kenya. President Kikwete was the chief guest at a ceremony opening KU’s new Hospitality and Tourism Department building. Jen and I were invited to the ceremony which was organized by our […]

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Garrett and Linnea watch the orphaned elephants.

On safari at Nairobi National Park

Last weekend we went on a short safari to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Nairobi National Park. Linnea and Garrett wore their new safari vests which were gifts from Uncle Ryan and Aunt Jeanette. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was our first stop. This conservation organization is best known for rearing, rehabilitating, and releasing orphaned elephants […]

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University professors on strike!

I woke up this morning to learn that all public university professors and non-teaching staff, including those at Kenyatta University, have gone on strike. The professors join the ranks of primary and secondary teachers, doctors, pharmacists, and dentists who are all striking for higher pay from the national government. The public school primary and secondary […]

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Our neighbor is an Olympian!

Our next door neighbor is Mike Boit, bronze medalist in the 800 meters at the 1972 Olympics. You might remember that race which was won by Dave Wottle, American (and Bowling Green alumnus), who famously wore a white ball cap during the race and finished with an amazing last-to-first kick. Dr. Boit is now a […]

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Linnea holds a bottle of camel milk

Got (Camel) Milk?

We went shopping today at Nakumatt, the Kenyan equivalent of Walmart. While loading up on staples, cleaning supplies, and an iron, the kids found something interesting in the dairy section: camel milk. We had to try it. Why would you drink camel milk, you ask? According to the bottle, pasteurized camel milk has “beneficial effects […]

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