- I hand wash all my cloths. I have already learned that waiting two and a half weeks to do laundry is a BAD idea. My hands are raw after spending 5 hours on laundry the last two days. I now appreciate washing machines.
- Don't pet Itchy. Itchy is the PM dog and has that name for a reason. After a few flee bites I have learned that even though I miss having a dog...its just not worth it.
- I can't say I am from the East Coast anymore. At night and in the mornings it is SO COLD. I found myself one night in full sweats, hat, scarf and layers underneath....under 3 blankets...yeah it was 50 degrees.
- WEAR sunglasses while riding on the back of a pikpiki. No matter if it rains or not the roads are so dusty. I get off the pikipiki and have a line of dirt around my sunglass rims.
- Instead of ugi time (porridge) for snack at school, Peace Matunda has banana time! I am surrounded by fields and fields of bananas!!!
- Roosters do not know what time it is....ever.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Here are some updates:
The Little Man
|Nuru is the little boy in the red jacket.|
|Neema and I at the Track and Field Meet.|
Girls in Skirts
I was talking to one of the female teachers the other day and she commented on my jeans that I was wearing to the track meet. She asked why I was not wearing a skirt and I told her frankly I am tired of skirts and its a sporting event! She is a government employed teacher and she said that by law, she must wear a skirt to teach in. What year is it??
|Alex (in green) ready to start his 400m. |
Everyone runs barefoot.
Track and Field Debacle
So I have decided that I am totally going to become that crazy parent that gets kicked out of my children's sporting events. I lost it this weekend after 3 days of Track and Field and Sporting Matches for all the schools in our District. I will write more about my weekend later- class now!!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
|Ava and Baraka (teacher and student teacher) playing some sweet music!!|
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
They prefer playing with only one shoe or no shoes. They are better playing barefoot. So I spend half the class making sure they have their shoes on so they don't get more worms in their feet. Playing without shoes hurts..don't know how they do it.
They play sports with pens and pencils in their pockets because they are so afraid if they leave them in the classroom, someone will steal them. It becomes super dangerous playing with pens in your pockets...trust me.
A company from the US but based in Nairobi came and donated two wind turbines. Which is awesome because now that is the raining season, solar just isn't cutting it! Here are some pictures!
Monday, April 30, 2012
- Met an engineer for Serengeti Beer who told me to drink responsibly…. and write a book.
- Met Tyler at Silver Springs bus stop/ hotel because we thought it sounded the prettiest. Too expensive, so stayed in a hostel…but still pretty.
- Friday- Met Mr. Bob Arnot (Tyler's uncle) at the Fairmont Hotel (fanciful). Had a margarita pizza. white wine, and watched slideshows of Bob in the Congo with AK 47's, and terrorist leaders- crazy guy.
- Tyler and I followed Bob and his film crew to a village outside Nairobi that is sponorsed by Feed My Starving Children. It is the only food these children recieve- a rice meal- three times a day. At night they sleep in their classrooms and share the few mattresses that they have.
- Went out Friday night and ate traditional cheap African food. Ugali, mboga, and wynama choma (burnt animal-didnt eat that). Saw an Ethiopian dance for the first time- their 'go-to' dance move is violently shaking their shoulders. Made friends.
- Saturday- Wandered around Nairobi is search of a bagel…. and success!! This day I ate a bagel egg sandwich, strawberry smoothie (where the strawberries came from, I have no idea), cafe latte, cafe mocha, spring rolls, and ETHIOPIAN FOOD!! My new favorite food EVER! I will call this eating day.
- Sunday morning I left from Silver Springs, and Tyler flew to Kampala. I am back home at RVCV without experiencing any terrorist attacks! Wahoo!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
So what has been happening at RVCV...
RAIN RAIN RAIN! It has rained almost everyday this week. Because I teach gym, life becomes a little more interesting when we have to stay inside. There is no 'rec hall' so we just stay in their classroom. This week I have been playing the highlights of the Champions Cup (soccer) the first few minutes of class on my computer and then indoor games. If anyone knows of any sweet indoor game ideas which don't need supplies, let me know!! (I am starting to exhaust heads up 7 up, 4 corners, limbo etc....)
Last weekend I had a 'sleepover' in Tarengerie House (all boys house where I live.) They always sleep together anyway but for officially sleepovers we bring all their mattresses out in the living room and eat popcorn and watch movies. We watched Happy Feet first. I never realized this but the main penguin's name is Mambo. Mambo means, "Whats up?" in Swahili. He also dances similar to a local dance here called Kiduku. The mamas in house LOVED the movie. Tanzania and Happy Feet...who knew. The second movie was Material Girls...yes the boys wanted to watch a horrible girly movie. They loved it.
So now I am sitting in Arusha waiting for the shuttle to Nairobi. Last night I made a very last minute plan to meet up with a friend. He flew into South Sudan a few days ago, and the day he landed, war was declared by Sudan. So they flew him back out and went to Nairobi. So because it is a holiday today, and I heard you can get bagels in Nairobi...and Tyler is there haha....I will arrive in Nairobi tonight!
Tyler was planning on staying in South Sudan to visit children he sponsors through an NGO he started. Check it out! http://www.southsudansf.org/
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
- Karen arrived into Kilimanjaro airport and quickly learned of how people here will rip you off if your white. After $250 went into someone's pocket (not the government's), she was let into Tanzania.
- I met up with Karen in Karatu the next night and realized I forgot to explain the currency, so when she took out money- 10,000tsh which the driver said was, "A very big bill" I explain that yes it is the largest bill but only worth $7. So to take out $7 she probably spent $5 in fees. Ah!
- The next day we took a taxi back up into the hills of Rifty Valley. Karen spent three days here playing non-stop with the kids. She even helped teach preschool the very important letters Y and Z.
- We then left for the Ngorogoro Crater with Dottie for the day. We were so close to a young male lion we could have touched it. It was a beautiful day!
- That night we drove to Peace Matunda in Tangaru outside of Arusha. Peace Matunda is the orphanage and school that we climbed Kilimanjaro with. So we had one day to spend with the kids there...they are all amazing. The orphanage is TZ owned and much younger. It has a fun spirit. We roasted marshmallows and had a dance party.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
How Kristen described St. Patty's Day to the kids here- Like Christmas for Irish but instead of a tree-shamrock.
Carolyn- We celebrate lephrans because they look like me. (red head)
Brett- In Preschool they seriously questioned where you find pots of gold. At the end of rainbow...but really can we go there?