The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love...Kenya

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Trying To Call It Home

 
Aug 16, 2005

Well, I have been at site one week, and I think I know how newly released penitentiary inmates feel. After 10 weeks of living under the watchful (and strict-ish) eye of Peace Corps Administration and Training Staff, they turn you loose upon the country, separate you from the friends you have seen day in and day out and tell you to make your own way. Needless to say, it is a unique adjustment.

My very empty house is slowly but surely becoming inhabited. I now have a real bed, a kitchen table and two chairs. I had all of that hand made, along with a day bed I'll use as a couch and spare bed that I fetch on Friday, for under $100. Now, I am not lying about this. And this is HEAVY wooden furniture, stained, varnished and well made. Oh, and they did it in 4 days. It is so well made I wonder if I could ship it home. Never would I have imagined having furniture custum made for a stupid low price. I almost feel guilty, but then at the end of my tour the stuff will be passed on to the incoming PCV or the family I share a compound with.

My health is finally back to what I guess will be normal in Kenya. I am hoping that now I am at site that the routine will allow my system to normalize and I also hope to start sleeping anytime soon (malaria meds are not good for the sleep patterns of this PCV).

I thought I'd list a few things that I no longer find odd:Cows "mowing" the grass in front of my house.
 
  • Chickens roaming free as our exterminators (they are really good at it, they love the bugs).
  • Having the kids fetch jerry cans of water for me to use.
  • That I don't miss electricity as much as I thought I would (not to say I'd not take it back in a heartbeat).
  • Being home by dark, and in bed (and reading) by 9PM.
  • Shaking hands a million times a day, with everyone, including people I saw just an hour ago.
  • Three year old children wielding big knives for legitimate purposes.
  • Boiling water before I drink it.
  • Saying things like, "I'd rather a warm bucket bath than a cold shower anyday," and meaning it.
  • Wondering if I should try to read a newspaper sometime this week.
  • Sitting for an hour with 20 people and not understanding one word that was uttered.
  • Looking at a KitKat and thinking it is the best treat ever created. I didn't even eat KitKats at home.

Those are just a few of the things that have become a normal part of my life. I have no idea of some of the other things y'all might find weird or interesting, because now they just are normal for me. If you have questions (no matter how odd, I know you want to know), just leave a comment or drop me an email. I have to go for I have a 4 mile walk back home. Miss ya!

2 Comments:

  • At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    SOOO,GOOD TO HEAR FROM YA N "STAY WELL"
    B in Ca.

     
  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger Sabrina said…

    I sent a package last week. Next time I'm sending lighter stuff! LOL! I miss you and I'm glad that you're settling in well. I'm going to try again to call soon.

    P.S. I found a really good site to get cheap rates to Kenya and I'll send you the link so you can tell all your other friends because I get them at 11 cents a minute!

     

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